Game 37: Ducks vs. Revolution

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Sunday’s home opener between the Ducks and Revolution was there for the taking for both teams. Long Island jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and built a 3-1 advantage by the fourth. York rallied to tie the game with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and they had several chances to take their first lead of the game immediately thereafter. The Ducks had several opportunities as well to bounce back and come away victorious throughout the contest. Ultimately, both sides had to battle it out for 15 innings before one swing of the bat by York’s Sean Smith proved to be the difference in 4-3 Revolution win.

We’ll start out with a positive for the Ducks, and that was the performance of their bullpen. Ian Marshall started the game and pitched decently, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits in five and one-third innings. However, he was unable to keep the Flock in front, allowing a game-tying home run to Andres Perez in the sixth. Long Island’s bullpen though did everything it could to give the offense a chance to take the lead back. From the time Nick Struck took over in the sixth through the end of the 14th, the Ducks used eight relievers who combined to throw eight and one-third scoreless innings and gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Unfortunately, that eighth reliever was Mark Rogers, who had thrown one and two-thirds scoreless innings in the 13th and 14th, pitching out of jams both times. In the 15th though, he surrendered the leadoff home run to Smith that proved to be the difference in the game. It was Rogers’ first appearance out of the bullpen after making five starts.

On the negative side, the Ducks had a plethora of opportunities to win the ballgame after giving up the lead. Unfortunately, Long Island batted just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position in the game, including a 1-for-12 mark after the first inning. Jon Griffin picked up a big two-out, two-run single in the first, but after that point, Long Island left 13 runners on base, a season-high. After York had tied the game, the Ducks put runners at first and second with one out in the sixth. However, Mark Mason brought on lefty Shawn Teufel to replace starter Anthony Lerew, and he retired Reegie Corona and Dan Lyons to end the threat. The Ducks had two one with one out in the eighth, 10th and 13th innings as well, but in every situation, York’s bullpen denied the Ducks of the game-winning hit. Long Island’s situational hitting has been fairly strong of late overall, but it was not successful in Sunday’s series opener.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Sunday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez and Jose Morales
CLICK HERE to view Sunday’s box score

After a long day that used every Ducks reliever except for Amalio Diaz, the Ducks are hoping that John Brownell will be able to give them a rest on Monday night. The right-hander has been strong once again this year, compiling a 4-1 record with a 3.21 ERA through seven starts. His four wins and seven starts are currently tied for the Atlantic League lead, and he ranks second in both strikeouts (40) and innings pitched (47.2). Brownell earned a no-decision and was mostly strong in his last outing, but one rough inning hurt his night. In innings 1-3 and 5-6, he combined to give up just one hit and one other baserunner on a dropped third strike, and he struck out four. However, in the fourth, he surrendered six runs on six hits that turned a 3-0 lead into a 6-3 deficit. Brownell made one start this season against York, earned the victory on Opening Day with seven scoreless innings of work.

The Revolution will counter with Matt Neil, who will make his 11th appearance and third start of the year. The right-hander enters with a 1-2 record and a 5.57 ERA and comes in off of his worst outing of the season. He started York’s 8-7 loss at Camden on Wednesday night and yielded seven runs on nine hits in just five innings, walking one and striking out three. His previous start before that was on May 21 at Santander Stadium, and Neil took the loss in that outing as well, giving up two runs on five hits in four innings to the Ducks in Long Island’s 6-1 sweep-clinching win. The 28-year-old also faced the Flock in relief on Opening Day, and he tossed four innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight’s game marks the 163rd all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 82-80 and have a 46-33 edge at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the eighth of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series five games to two, earning all five wins on the road.

Rock Around the Clock: Sunday’s game was the longest in terms of innings (15) and time of game (four hours, 35 minutes) for the Ducks this season. The previous highs were 14 innings and four hours, 24 minutes, both done on May 7 at Bridgeport. The longest game in Ducks history came on September 12, 2006 when the Ducks and Riversharks played 18 innings in six hours and 20 minutes.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Long Island’s bullpen has been outstanding over their last six games. In that span, Ducks relievers combined to allow just three runs in 26 and two-thirds innings of work, good for a 1.01 ERA. The bullpen also given up only 12 hits and five walks while striking out 20 batters in the six games. Nick Struck has made seven consecutive scoreless appearances, while Bruce Kern and Frank DeJiulio, Jr. tossed made six straight scoreless outings.

Sabatella’s Sizzling: Bryan Sabatella saw his hitting streak end at 11 games on Sunday, but he has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive contests. During the streak, the Long Island native is batting .327 (18-for-55) with seven doubles, six RBI, eight runs and six stolen bases. Sabatella also scored his Atlantic League leading 27th run in Sunday’s game.

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 12 straight games with a single on Sunday. During the streak, the infielder is batting .346 (18-for-52) with five doubles, five RBI and five runs scored. Puckett has also hit safely in six consecutive games and in 11 of his last 12 contests.

Off to the Races: Jon Griffin stole his first base of the season on Sunday. The Ducks have now stolen 41 bases as a team this year. That total currently leads the Atlantic League by three over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Long Island has at least one steal in seven of their last nine games. Sabatella leads the league with 14 stolen bases, and 11 of the Ducks’ 41 stolen bases have come against York.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Chris King 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:

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

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#32 Matt Neil – RHP

Keep it here for updates from the Duck Pond as Long Island and York duke it out in the middle game of their three-game series. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:41): TOP 1: Underway from Bethpage Ballpark! Tarp is off the field and John Brownell is on the hill!

UPDATE (6:51): BOT 1: Cody Puckett with the RBI single! Cleary, Jr. scores from second! 1-0 Flock!!!

UPDATE (6:54): BOT 1: Jon Griffin launches a two-run homer, his team-leading seventh of the year, out of the park in left field! 3-0 Long Island!

UPDATE (7:23): MID 3: John Brownell works out of a first-and-third one-out jam! Ducks coming up to bat up 3-0!

UPDATE (7:58): TOP 5: Shannon Wilkerson and Eric Patterson with back-to-back RBI hits makes it 3-2 Long Island.

UPDATE (8:14): TOP 6: Throwing error on Mike Blanke on a play at second makes it 3-3.

UPDATE (9:06): TOP 9: Still tied at three going into the ninth! Amalio Diaz coming in to pitch!

UPDATE (9:34): TOP 10: Going to extras for the second straight game tied at three!

UPDATE (10:06): FINAL: DUCKS WIN! Prentice Redman with his second waddle-off RBI single of the year and the Flock win 4-3!


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