Game 26: Ducks at Revolution

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Ducks manager Kevin Baez said before Tuesday’s series opener in York that there were two keys to his team winning two of three during their first visit to Santander Stadium. He also said those same keys would apply to them taking this series. Good pitching and timely hitting were going to be of utmost importance if Long Island wanted to finish with a winning road trip in Pennsylvania. His players took those words to the field on Tuesday night and put together a clean, crisp 4-1 victory over the Revolution.

Good pitching was the first key, and aside from a little bit of control issues at points, the pitching staff got the job done. Nine pitchers total took the mound for the Flock on Tuesday, a season-high, but they limited York to just three hits in the game. Andrew Barbosa started and pitched the first three innings. He retired the side in order in the first two innings before running into control issues in the third. Despite walking three, he found a way out of the jam to end his outing. Eric Niesen then came in and also looked strong for two innings before walking three himself in the sixth. Baez played matchups from that point on, bringing on seven different relievers to set up righty-righty and lefty-lefty battles. It worked though, as the final seven relievers combined to blank the Revolution over the final three and two-thirds innings. The seven gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out four. Amalio Diaz worked a scoreless ninth to earn his first save, with Ryan Kussmaul unavailable due to his long outing on Sunday.

Offensively, Lew Ford stole the show once again. The Ducks veteran came through in the clutch on two separate occasions. With two on and two out in the fifth, Ford fell behind in the count 1-2. However, he drove the next pitch from Shawn Hill to the wall in right for a two-run double. Two innings later, Ford again found himself at the plate with two outs after Reegie Corona singled to keep the inning alive. Facing lefty Shawn Harris, he drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right for a two-run home run, his fourth longball of the year. The two clutch hits now upped Ford’s batting average to .396 with runners on base, .393 with runners in scoring position and .333 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Corona and Erik Komatsu both had multi-hit nights as well, and although the Ducks had several chances to blow the game open, leaving nine men on base, they got the job done with the few timely hits they received.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Tuesday’s game
CLICK HERE to view Tuesday’s box score

Wednesday night’s game will feature a rematch of the second game this season, with Mark Rogers starting for the Ducks and Anthony Lerew taking the mound for the Revolution. Rogers enters with a 1-2 record and a 4.82 ERA in four starts. He’s had mixed results in two starts since recovering from his Achilles injury. After throwing six hitless innings and striking out eight on May 9 at home against Lancaster, he struggled against the Barnstormers on the road this past Friday. The right-hander lasted five innings, allowing six runs on six hits and five walks while striking out four. Rogers was strong in his first start against York but made one bad pitch that gave him the loss. Leading 1-0 in the fourth, his strike three wild pitch allowed Bryan Pounds to reach and extended the inning for Brandon Jones, who hit a three-run homer on the first pitch. That longball was the difference in a 3-1 Ducks loss.

Lerew comes into Wednesday’s game with a record of 2-1 and a 2.14 ERA through four starts. He earned the victory in his last outing, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four in an 8-3 win at Camden on May 14. He has yet to allow more than three runs in a start and has struck out 19 batters in 21 innings while walking only eight. Lerew earned the victory against the Ducks on April 25, striking out six batters over five innings and yielding a run on five hits and two walks. His only hiccup came in the second when he allowed a double to Cody Puckett and a RBI single to Jon Griffin.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight’s game marks the 160th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 80-79, but the Revs have a 47-34 edge at Santander Stadium. It also marks the fifth of 16 scheduled games between the two in 2015. Long Island leads the season series three games to one. York won the 2014 series 13-7, going 7-3 at home.

Ford’s on Fire: Lew Ford earned his third three-hit game of the season on Tuesday and has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .449 (22-for-49) with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and nine runs scored. Ford has driven in at least one run in seven consecutive games and has picked up a hit in 10 of the 12 games. He also collected his second four-RBI game of 2015. He leads the Flock with 11 multi-hit games this year and seven multi-RBI contests.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona picked up two more hits on Tuesday. The switch-hitter now has 10 multi-hit games, one shy of Ford for the team lead, but he leads the team with eight two-hit contests. He now has multiple hits in three straight games and in four of his last five contests. Corona has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games and ranks second in the league with a .377 batting average.

Walk This Way: Prentice Redman collected a walk and a single on Tuesday to extend his team-leading on-base streak to 15 games. He has reached base safely in every game that he has played as a Duck. In that span, he has drawn 13 walks, including at least one in eight straight games. Redman now ranks second in the Atlantic League with 16 walks, two behind Lancaster’s Blake Gailen.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons picked up a single on Tuesday and has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. During the streak, he has a .381 batting average (16-for-42) with two doubles, six RBI, eight runs and eight walks. Lyons has scored in three straight games and has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Prentice Redman – DH
#26 Jose Morales – C
#25 Erik Komatsu – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#37 Mark Rogers – RHP

Revolution
#2   Mikey Reynolds – 2B
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4   Eric Patterson – LF
#7   Andres Perez – 1B
#33 Brandon Boggs – CF
#14 Johan Limonta – RF
#37 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#6   Luis De La Cruz – C
#15 Steve Proscia – DH

#18 Anthony Lerew – RHP

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game as the Ducks and Revolution continue their three-game series. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: The Ducks strike first on a two-out RBI double to left by Jon Griffin! 1-0 Flock!

UPDATE (7:00): BOT 1: A two-run homer by Eric Patterson followed by a solo shot from Andres Perez has put York in front 3-1.

UPDATE (7:12): Mark Rogers has been lifted after one inning, and Matt Soren has now come on to pitch.

UPDATE (7:49): BOT 3: York scores three more runs on Johan Limonta’s two-run homer and a double play groundout by Steve Proscia. That after Soren allowed a two-run homer to Patterson in the second. 8-1 Revolution.

UPDATE (8:00): TOP 4: A RBI single by Reegie Corona and a two-run single by Lew Ford have made it an 8-4 game! Anthony Lerew lifted for York.

UPDATE (8:18): TOP 4: Ducks continue to rally and score nine runs on nine hits in the fourth to take a 10-8 lead!

UPDATE (8:31): BOT 4: The Revolution pull back to within one at 10-9 on a RBI single to left by Luis De La Cruz. 10-9 Ducks lead.

UPDATE (8:49): TOP 5: Griffin drives in his third run of the game with a RBI groundout to second! 11-9 Ducks at the halfway point!

UPDATE (9:50): END 7: Nick Struck strikes out Perez to strand the tying runs on base! Ducks still lead 11-9 as we move to the eighth!

UPDATE (10:28): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul nails down the save, and the Ducks complete the comeback from an 8-1 deficit to take the middle game 11-9!!

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