Game 38: Ducks vs. Revolution

The opening two games of this three-game series between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution have been almost mirror images of each other. Both times, the Ducks scored three runs to jump out to an early lead in the ballgame. In each game, the Revolution rallied back in the middle innings to tie up the game at three. Then, both teams would need extra innings to decide a winner after neither was able to come up with the big hit it needed. However, Long Island changed the script on Monday night, winning 4-3 in 11 innings to even up the series after York took the opener by the same score in 15.

In the series opener, the Ducks scored twice in the first inning on a two-run single from Jon Griffin. Last night, he was at it again in the opening frame. After Cody Puckett put the Ducks ahead on a two-out RBI single to right-center field, Griffin launched an absolute blast to left off of Revs starter Matt Neil. His two-run homer gave the Ducks a comfortable 3-0 lead, or so they thought. Despite having John Brownell on the mound, Long island lost the advantage when the Revolution scored twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth. Just like the Ducks scored with two outs, the Revs took advantage of a two-out walk issued to Willie Cabrera in the fifth. Shannon Wilkerson followed with a RBI single, and Eric Patterson delivered a RBI double. With the lead down to one, York evened the score on a wild throw by Mike Blanke to second base while Brandon Boggs was stealing. When the ball went into center, Andres Perez raced home from third.

From then on, both teams had opportunities to go ahead. In the seventh, the Revolution put runner on first and second with one out after Erik Komatsu dropped a fly ball in left. However, from that point on, the Ducks pitching staff retired the next 14 York batters to give the offense a chance to win. Long Island put the leadoff man on the eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but they were unable to plate the winning run each time. However, in the 11th, the Ducks finally came through with a little small ball and a well-placed single. Blake Davis drew a walk to open the inning against Shawn Teufel. Blanke followed with a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Then Prentice Redman, who came in as a pinch hitter in the ninth, lofted a single in front of Wilkerson in shallow center. Davis raced home with the winning run after reading the ball well off the bat.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Monday’s game
CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez, Delta Cleary, Jr. and Prentice Redman
CLICK HERE to view Monday’s box score

That sets the two teams up for a rubber game of the three-game set on Tuesday. The Ducks will send Mickey Jannis to the mound in search of the series victory. The knuckleballer has been outstanding of late and has lowered his season ERA to 1.88, which ranks fourth in the Atlantic League. Over his last five outings (two starts), the righty is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and has allowed just six runs (three earned) in 22 innings of work. In that span, he has given up just 16 hits and three walks while striking out 20. Jannis’ best start of the year came in his most recent outing when he threw eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball with eight strikeouts on Thursday at Somerset. His only appearance against York came on May 21 when he threw seven innings of relief, allowing just one run while striking out six to earn the win.

As for the Revolution, they will counter with Rommie Lewis. The left-hander has been impressive in his first season as a starter after converting to the rotation from the bullpen. He enters with a 3-2 record and a 2.22 ERA that is good for seventh in the league. In six starts, he has allowed 30 hits in 32 and one-third innings while walking only seven and striking out 26. The southpaw’s last start came on Thursday at Camden, and he took a no-decision despite tossing six innings of three-hit shutout baseball with seven strikeouts. Lewis had lost two of his three outings prior to that start despite not giving up more than three runs in either of them. This will be his first appearance against the Ducks this season. In 2014, the 32-year-old was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and five saves in nine games against Long Island.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight’s game marks the 164th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 83-80 and have a 47-33 edge at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the ninth of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series six games to two. Seven of the eight games have been decided by three runs or less.

Waddle-Off Magic: The Ducks earned their third waddle-off win of the season on Monday. Comparatively, the team collected five waddle-off wins total in 2014. Prentice Redman picked up his second walk-off hit, with his first being a game-winning single in the 10th inning on May 24 against the Camden Riversharks. Jon Griffin gave Long Island its first walk-off win on May 8 against Lancaster with a ninth inning RBI double.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Long Island’s bullpen has been outstanding over their last seven games. In that span, Ducks relievers have combined to allow just three runs in 30 and two-thirds innings of work, good for a 0.88 ERA. The bullpen has also given up only 12 hits and five walks while striking out 26 batters in the seven games. Nick Struck has made eight consecutive scoreless appearances (7.0 IP). Patrick Crider has allowed just one run in his last 13 outings (11.2 IP) and Amalio Diaz has yielded just one run in his last 12 games (12.0 IP).

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 13 straight games with a single and a walk on Monday. During the streak, the infielder is batting .339 (19-for-56) with five doubles, six RBI and six runs scored. Puckett has also hit safely in seven consecutive games and in 12 of his last 13 contests.

Off to the Races: Delta Cleary, Jr. stole three bases on Monday and became the first Duck this year to swipe three bases in a single game. The Ducks have now stolen 44 bases as a team, which leads the Atlantic League by six over Lancaster. Long Island has at least one steal in eight of their last 10 games. Sabatella leads the league with 14 stolen bases, and 14 of the Ducks’ 44 stolen bases have come against York.

Griffin Goes Yard Again: Jon Griffin’s two-run home run on Monday was his team-leading seventh longball of the season. He is now tied with Blake Gailen (Lancaster) and Mike Costanzo (Camden) for second in the Atlantic League, one behind Gustavo Molina (Southern Maryland). Griffin has now hit the last three home runs hit by Ducks players, launching a three-run blast on May 22 and a two-run homer on May 30.

Delta Domination: Delta Cleary, Jr. became just the second Duck this year to collect four hits in a single game on Monday. Lew Ford is the only other Duck to do so, earning four-hit games on May 12 against Bridgeport and May 15 at Lancaster.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio, as the “Ducks Game of the Week.” Streaming video and audio will also be available online on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. Chris King and David Weiss 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 – DH
#5   Delta Cleary, Jr. – LF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#28 Prentice Redman – RF
#11 Reegie Corona – 2B
#9   Mike Blanke – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#6   Mickey Jannis – RHP

#1   Shannon Wilkerson – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#37 Bryan Pounds – 2B
#7 Andres Perez – 1B
#33 Brandon Boggs – LF
#6 Luis De La Cruz – C
#14 Johan Limonta — DH
#15 Steve Proscia — 3B
#12 Sean Smith – CF

#41 Rommie Lewis – LHP

Keep it here for updates all evening long as the Ducks and Revolution duke it out for the series victory. You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: Mickey Jannis deals a first-pitch knuckleball for a strike and we are underway from Bethpage Ballpark!

UPDATE (7:04): BOT 1: Ducks lead 1-0! Jon Griffin draws the bases loaded walk!

UPDATE (7:06): BOT 1: Prentice Redman follows suit! Another bases loaded walk and it’s 2-0 Flock!

UPDATE (7:14): BOT 1: 3-0 Long Island! Mike Blanke draws the third bases loaded walk of the frame!

UPDATE (9:09): TOP 8: Infield hit by Wilson Valdez breaks up the no-hit bid from Ducks starter Mickey Jannis. The knuckleballer went 7.2 IP before the hit.

UPDATE (9:11): MID 8: Ducks still lead 3-0 and are coming up to bat! 134 pitches for Jannis to get through the eight innings.

UPDATE (9:21): TOP 9: Ryan Kussmaul comes in to try and earn his 10th save of the season and to wrap up the “W!”

UPDATE (9:29): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul finishes the game for Long Island! 3-0 win! Mickey Jannis with eight one-hit innings! LI takes the series from York!


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