Game 36: Ducks vs. Revolution

Behind Home Plate

Following the 3-0 loss on Friday night, the Ducks returned the favor to the Somerset Patriots on Saturday night with a 3-0 win of their own. The Flock were able to salvage the series at TD Bank Ballpark, splitting the four-game set with a victory in the finale. Once again, Long Island’s pitching was superb, heading into today’s series opener with the York Revolution.

Tall southpaw Andrew Barbosa was masterful for the Ducks. After putting runners on the corners to start his outing, the 6-foot-8 starter induced a 5-4-2 double play turned by Cody Puckett and Reegie Corona. After the force play at second, Corona caught Somerset’s Jonny Tucker trying to go third to home after Puckett initially looked him back to the base. The play seemed to jumpstart Barbosa, who went on to toss seven scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits, walked two, and struck out 10. A well-located fastball mixed with a series of off-speed pitches had Somerset reeling. Of 97 pitches, 62 were strikes. Amalio Diaz recorded two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth frame, before closer Ryan Kussmaul entered for the ninth and earned his ninth save of the season. He is now tied for the league lead with Matt Gorgen of Camden.

The Flock broke their 25 innings scoreless streak in a big way in the fourth. Jon Griffin, who hit the team’s last home run over a week ago, smashed a two-run shot out of the ballpark in left field. His sixth of the season made it 2-0, and the lead would increase to three in the seventh. Reegie Corona, who had gone 28 straight at-bats without a hit, singled to lead off the inning. After a wild pitch advanced Corona to second, catcher Mike Blanke roped a single to right field that scored Corona uncontested. Blanke got his first start of the series after Jose Morales started the first three games. Lefty Matt Zielinski took the loss and fell to 1-1 after allowing three runs on nine hits. He walked none and struck out four.

CLICK HERE for the box score of Saturday’s game

Long Island will open the set against York with Ian Marshall on the hill. The right-hander enters at 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA. Through 26 innings, the Maryland native has allowed 22 hits with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. His previous outing came last Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark against the Camden Riversharks. Marshall struggled with his command, walking seven and taking his first loss of the season. He joins Long Island after spending each of the past two seasons with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. In 2014, he made 27 starts, going 10-10 with a 4.09 ERA over 156 and one-third innings. His efforts earned him a selection to play in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, where he tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

York opens the slate with righty Anthony Lerew. He comes into the game at 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA. The Ducks have already faced the 32-year-old twice this season. On May 20, the Ducks fell in York 11-9. Lerew did not factor into the decision, allowing six runs on seven hits in three and one-third innings of work. On April 25, Lerew defeated Long Island 3-1 to earn the “W.” In five innings, he allowed only one run on five Ducks hits. Lerew returns after beginning the 2014 season with the Revs, before earning a contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim where he spent the remainder of the year at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Today’s game marks the 162nd all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 82-79 and have a 46-32 edge at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the seventh of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series five games to one and has won four consecutive games.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Long Island’s bullpen was very strong during their series at Somerset. In the four games, Ducks relievers combined to allow just one run in 12 innings of work, good for a 0.75 ERA. The bullpen also given up only four hits and three walks while striking out 11 batters in the series. Amalio Diaz has allowed just one run in his last 11 games, and Ryan Kussmaul is now tied with Camden’s Matt Gorgen for the Atlantic League lead in saves with nine.

Sabatella’s Sizzling: Bryan Sabatella earned two hits Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games. That’s tied for the longest hitting streak by a Duck this year (Reegie Corona and Dan Lyons). During his streak, the Long Island native is batting .367 (18-for-49) with seven doubles, five RBI, seven runs and six stolen bases. Sabatella leads the league with 26 runs and 12 doubles.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 11 straight games with two hits on Saturday. In those 11 games, the infielder is batting .378 (17-for-45) with five doubles, five RBI, and five runs scored. The streak followed up a stretch where Puckett went 0-for-12 at the plate, and he’s raised his batting average from .264 to .303 during the streak. Puckett now has nine doubles this year, including one in four consecutive games.

Off to the Races: The Ducks have stolen 40 bases as a team this year. That total currently leads the Atlantic League by two over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island has at least one steal in six of their last eight games and eight of the last 11 contests. Bryan Sabatella leads the league with 14 stolen bases. 10 of the Ducks’ 40 stolen bases have come in the six games against the York Revolution.

Two-fer Trio: Sabatella, Puckett and Jon Griffin each earned their ninth two-hit game of the season on Saturday. All three are now tied with Lew Ford and Reegie Corona for the team lead in two-hit games this year. Sabatella and Puckett are now tied for second on the team with 12 multi-hit games, while Griffin has 11. Griffin also earned his fourth two-RBI and sixth multi-RBI game Saturday.

On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will 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

#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – LF

#20 Lew Ford – CF

#2 Cody Puckett – 3B

#33 Jon Griffin – 1B

#28 Prentice Redman – DH

#26 Jose Morales – C

#11 Reegie Corona – 2B

#12 Dan Lyons – SS

 

#21 Ian Marshall – RHP

Revolution

#4 Eric Patterson – 2B

#21 Wilson Valdez – SS

#37 Bryan Pounds – 3B

#7 Andres Perez – 1B

#33 Brandon Boggs – LF

#15 Steve Proscia — DH

#6 Luis De La Cruz – C

#9 Willie Cabrera – RF

#12 Sean Smith – CF

 

#18 Anthony Lerew – RHP

 

We’ll have updates all afternoon from Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks open their series with York! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (1:36): TOP 1: We are underway from Bethpage Ballpark! A beautiful day for baseball!

UPDATE (1:52): BOT 2: Jon Griffin with the two-run single! His second straight game with a two-run hit! Ducks lead 2-0!

UPDATE (2:19): MID 3: York gets on the board after a passed ball. 2-1 with Long Island coming up to bat!

UPDATE (2:30): BOT 4: Bryan Sabatella’s RBI fielder’s choice makes it 3-1 Flock!

UPDATE (2:55): TOP 5: A RBI groundout from Eric Patterson and it’s 3-2 Ducks.

UPDATE (3:08): TOP 6: Andres Perez hits a solo homer and ties the game at three. Marshall out, Struck in.

UPDATE (4:08): MID 9: 3-3 game! Ducks coming up to bat and trying to waddle off!

UPDATE (4:15): TOP 10: Going to extras at the Duck Pond!

UPDATE (4:53): TOP 12: We go to the 12th…still tied at three! Patrick Crider on the hill!

UPDATE (5:18): BOT 13: We go on…still tied at three! Prentice Redman will be the first batter for the Flock!

UPDATE (5:50): TOP 15: Sean Smith with the solo homer to left and York goes ahead 4-3.

UPDATE (6:15): FINAL: Ducks fall 4-3 in 15 innings. Back at it tomorrow, looking to even the series here at Bethpage Ballpark!

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Posted on May 31, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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