Game 27: Ducks at Revolution

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When the Ducks came back from eight runs down on May 8 to defeat the Lancaster Barnstormers 11-10, it was a stunning and rare feat that many have never experienced before. Nobody expects rallies quite that large to ever take place. After the Ducks fell behind 8-1 on Wednesday in York, things seemed bleak once again for the Flock. But, lo and behold, the Ducks found a way to pull off another giant comeback, storming back for an 11-9 win that gave the club their third straight victory and fourth win in five games at Santander Stadium this year.

The good pitching that the Ducks received in Tuesday’s 4-1 win was absent in the early going on Wednesday night. Mark Rogers, looking to rebound from a tough outing in Lancaster on Friday, lasted just one inning, giving up three walks as well as back-to-back home runs in the frame. Down 3-1, Kevin Baez called on Matt Soren, who proceeded to give up a two-run homer in both the second and third innings, and by the end of the third, Long Island trailed by seven. With Anthony Lerew and his 2.14 ERA on the rubber for the Revolution, it appeared like an epic rally would be tough to come by. But not for these Ducks!

Rather than chop away at the deficit, Long Island wasted no time. They scored nine runs in the fourth inning against the combination of Lerew and Beau Vaughan, who went on to receive the loss. Here’s how the inning played out:

-Jose Morales single to center, moves to second on a passed ball
-Erik Komatsu walk
-Dan Lyons pop out to shortstop
-Bryan Sabatella single to right, Morales to third, Komatsu to second
-Reegie Corona single to right, Morales scores, Komatsu to third, Sabatella to second
-Lew Ford two-run single to left, Komatsu and Sabatella score, Corona to second
(Ford pinch run for by Delta Cleary, Jr.)
(Vaughan replaces Lerew)
-Cody Puckett RBI single to left, Corona scores, Cleary, Jr. to second
-Jon Griffin RBI single to center, Cleary, Jr. scores, Puckett to second, Puckett moves to third and Griffin moves to second on an error by Brandon Boggs
-Prentice Redman RBI single to left, Puckett scores, Griffin to third, Redman to second on throw home
-Jose Morales reaches on fielder’s choice, Griffin out at home, Redman to third
-Erik Komatsu RBI single to right, Redman scores, Morales to third
-Dan Lyons two-run triple to right-center, Morales and Komatsu score
-Bryan Sabatella flies out to center field

13 batters, nine runs, nine hits, one walk, one error, one left on base

With the Ducks in front, Tommy Organ allowed a run in the fourth, but Long Island got it right back in the fifth on Griffin’s RBI groundout to second. From then on, the bullpen took over and got the job done for a second consecutive night. Baez played the matchups again and used nine total relievers (eight from the fourth inning on) to seal the deal. Over the final six innings of the game, those eight relievers yielded just one run on six hits and two walks while striking out six batters. The offense could have widened the lead several times, but it’s hard to ask more from a group that amassed 11 runs and 16 hits while overcoming a seven-run deficit.

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

After a long three hour and 52 minute game, the two teams will have a quick turnaround for an 11:00 a.m. game on Thursday morning. Right-hander Billy Buckner will make his debut for the Ducks and is slated to go two or three innings. Mickey Jannis, whose spot Buckner is taking in the rotation, will back him up. Buckner has spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues with four different teams. He most recently made one start with the San Diego Padres in 2014. Overall, the righty was 7-12 with a 6.02 ERA in 44 Major League games (24 starts). This will be his first foray into the Atlantic League and independent baseball. In 11 total seasons, the Georgia native has an 80-74 career minor league record with a 4.61 ERA and 972 strikeouts in 236 games (213 starts).

On the other side will be Matt Neil, who is making his first start for the Revolution this year. The right-hander has appeared in seven games out of the bullpen and has a 1-0 record with a 3.27 ERA. He has allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and two walks while striking out 13 in 11 innings. His lone win came in his last appearance, when the 28-year-old threw one and one-third scoreless innings in York’s 5-2 win on Monday at Sugar Land. The Phoenix native threw four innings of relief against the Ducks on Opening Day this year and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Here are today’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Today’s game marks the 161st all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 81-79, but the Revs have a 47-35 edge at Santander Stadium. It also marks the sixth of 16 scheduled games between the two in 2015. Long Island leads the season series four games to one. York won the 2014 series 13-7, going 7-3 at home.

Rally Quacks: The Ducks earned their second-largest come-from-behind victory and fourth comeback win overall on Wednesday by overcoming a seven-run deficit. It marked the second time in two weeks that the Ducks rallied from a deficit of seven runs or more. On May 8, the Ducks came back from eight runs down (9-1) for an 11-10 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island’s 11 runs tied a season-high, while their 16 hits surpassed their previous high of 15.

Ford’s on Fire: Lew Ford earned his team-leading eighth multi-RBI game on Wednesday by driving in two runs. The 38-year-old has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .451 (23-for-51) with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 22 RBI and nine runs scored. Ford has driven in at least one run in eight straight games, including three straight multi-RBI contests, and has picked up a hit in 11 of his last 13 games.

Reegie’s Raking: Reegie Corona picked up two more hits on Wednesday. The switch-hitter now has 11 multi-hit games, tied with Ford for the team lead, and he leads the Flock with nine two-hit contests. He now has multiple hits in four straight games and in five of his last six contests. In those six games, he has a .444 average (12-for-27). Corona has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons picked up a triple and a walk on Wednesday and has now reached base safely in 14 consecutive games. During the streak, he has a .370 batting average (17-for-46) with two doubles, one triple, eight RBI, eight runs and nine walks. Lyons has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games.

Redman Reaches Again: Prentice Redman collected a single on Wednesday to extend his team-leading on-base streak to 16 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 of his last nine games.

On the Air: Today’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 today’s starting lineups:

Ducks
#44 Bryan Sabatella – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#5   Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#22 Blake Davis – SS
#30 Dillon Haupt – C
#25 Erik Komatsu – LF

#29 Billy Buckner – RHP

Revolution
#2   Mikey Reynolds – 2B
#33 Brandon Boggs – CF
#4   Eric Patterson – LF
#7   Andres Perez – 1B
#14 Johan Limonta – DH
#37 Bryan Pounds – SS
#15 Steve Proscia – 3B
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C
#9   Willie Cabrera – RF

#32 Matt Neil – RHP

We’ll have updates all morning and afternoon long from Santander Stadium as the Ducks close out their three-game series in York and their week-long Pennsylvania road trip. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (11:21): BOT 1: Billy Buckner gets out of a two-on, one-out jam in the first by inducing two popouts! No score after one.

UPDATE (11:39): BOT 2: Buckner strands two more on base after getting Mikey Reynolds to ground into a force out at second!

UPDATE (11:53): TOP 3: Ducks strike first on Bryan Sabatella’s RBI single to left-center field! 1-0 Flock!

UPDATE (12:12): TOP 4: Long Island doubles the lead to two on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Blake Davis! 2-0 Flock!

UPDATE (1:02): TOP 6: Ducks plate three more runs to take a 5-0 lead! RBI single from Delta Cleary, Jr., a sac fly from Dillon Haupt and a passed ball do the damage!

UPDATE (1:30): TOP 8: Three hits and a sac fly off the bat of Cleary, Jr. increase the lead to 6-0! Pitching change for the Revolution.

UPDATE (1:44): BOT 8: Mickey Jannis strands two in scoring position and has now tossed six scoreless innings of relief! 6-0 Ducks as we head to the ninth!

UPDATE (2:01): FINAL: Revs scratch out a run in the ninth, but the Ducks hang on for a 6-1 win! Seven innings for Jannis! Ducks sweep the Revolution!

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