Game 82: Ducks vs. Revolution

Kussmaul and Blanke

Long Island quickly rebounded from their series loss to the Somerset Patriots with a thrilling series-opening win over the York Revolution on Monday night. In a 5-4 victory, three Ducks smashed home runs after the team initially trailed 4-1. Steve McQuail continued to use his power to help Long Island in the second half.

Duck starter John Brownell struggled early in his start, allowing three homers over the first two frames. A two-run shot in the first from Eric Patterson put the Revs ahead 2-0. Long Island got one run back in the home half of the inning on a RBI single from Jon Griffin. York led off the second with back-to-back solo homers from Andres Perez and Yeicok Calderon to go on top 4-1. After a scoreless third inning, the Ducks began their comeback in the fourth. Steve McQuail, who has now started five games with Long Island since joining the team a few weeks ago, launched a massive solo homer to cut the lead to 4-2. McQuail has played in six games and has seven hits, five of which are homers. All five of his runs have also been scored on longballs. The Ducks tied things up in the sixth thanks to Randy Ruiz. The slugger smacked a two-run homer to deep left-center field to make it a 4-4 ballgame. It was Ruiz’s sixth homer of the season and his 29th and 30th RBI. One inning later, Dan Lyons, who is having a career year in the home runs department, put the Flock ahead with one swing. His sixth homer, a solo shot, gave the Ducks a 5-4 lead.

Setup man Amalio Diaz was lights out in the eighth for Long Island, striking out the side. In the ninth, closer Ryan Kussmaul was brought in by Kevin Baez to seal the deal. Kussmaul struggled in his previous outing on Saturday night, giving up three runs in the final inning to give Somerset a 7-5 win. Things did not look good again for the Ducks closer, as he allowed a leadoff triple to Brandon Boggs. Ducks right fielder Bryan Sabatella got a late jump on the falling hit, but mistimed his dive, allowing the ball to roll to the wall. With the tying run 90 feet away, Kussmaul instantly bounced back in a big way. Bryan Pounds struck out on four pitches. Perez got jammed on the first pitch he saw and popped out to Lyons at short. After Calderon was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners, Luis De La Cruz pinch hit for Salvador Paniagua. De La Cruz popped up the first pitch he saw to Carlos Hughes at second base to end the game.

Brownell took a no decision, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out seven. His ERA is now 3.10. Cody Puckett also finished with a pair of hits, a run, and a walk in the win for the Ducks.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from the series opener

CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez, Dan Lyons, and John Brownell

CLICK HERE to view Monday’s box score

Bobby Blevins will be on the bump for Long Island in game two of four. The righty comes into Tuesday night’s contest at 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA. He has pitched in four games and made three starts. Through 18 innings, the fourth-year Duck has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 23 hits while walking two and striking out 17. He has not faced York this season, having rejoined the Ducks in late June. His last start was on July 16 in Lancaster, an 8-1 loss to the Barnstormers. Blevins took the loss and was roughed up for seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in six innings. However, he did not issue a walk and struck out seven.

The Revolution will send Shawn Hill to the mound. The lefty has had a tough 2015 campaign, coming in at 1-7 through 14 starts with a 4.38 ERA. He has allowed 39 runs (33 earned) on 81 hits in 67 and two-third innings while walking 20 and striking out 47. Hill has not won a game since May 7 against the Lancaster Barnstormers, going 11 starts without a “W.” He is 0-6 during that span, losing six of seven decisions from May 19-June 18. His last start was on July 2 at home against the Sugar Land Skeeters, a 4-2 loss. Hill gave up one run on five hits in four innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 166th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 85-80 and have a 49-33 edge at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the 11th of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series eight games to two. Nine of the 10 games have been decided by three runs or less.

Home Cooking: Monday’s victory improved the Ducks’ home record this season to 30-9. Their .769 home winning percentage is the best in the Atlantic League. Somerset ranks second at .682 (30-14). As a team, the Ducks have a .308 batting average and 3.11 ERA at home. Comparatively, they have a .264 batting average and a 3.28 ERA away from Bethpage Ballpark.

Homer Party: The Ducks launched three home runs in Monday’s game, tying a season-high. Long Island previously went deep three times in a game on four separate occasions. The Ducks have now homered in six consecutive games, hitting 11 longballs in that span. As a team, they’ve hit 55 homers this year, which ranks second in the league behind Lancaster (65).

Mashin’ McQuail: Steve McQuail’s solo home run in the fourth inning on Monday was his fifth of the year in five starts (six games) with Long Island. Four of the five have come during this homestand. The Wantagh native has now collected seven hits in his first 21 at-bats with the Ducks (.333 batting average).

Randy’s Dandy: Randy Ruiz’s two-run homer in the sixth inning on Monday was his sixth of the season. Four of the six have come at home and have also come during the month of July. The former Major Leaguer has now gone deep in two of the last three games and three of the last nine contests.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons’ solo homer in the seventh inning on Monday was his sixth of the season, the most he has hit in a single season with the Ducks. He’s also one shy of tying his career-high for homers in a year, which he did in 2008 with Single-A Hagerstown and Advanced-A Potomac. It was also the shortstop’s first longball since July 3, ending a 12-game homerless drought.

Oh, What a Relief He Is: Amalio Diaz worked another scoreless eighth inning on Monday. The right-hander has now allowed just two runs over his last 20 appearances, posting a 0.82 ERA in that span. He has given up just 12 hits and one walk over 22 innings in those games while striking out 27 batters.

On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming video and audio will also 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:

Ducks

# 5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#11 Blake Davis – 2B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#40 Steve McQuail – LF
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#27 Prentice Redman – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Revolution

#2 Mikey Reynolds – 2B
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#4 Eric Patterson – RF
#33 Brandon Boggs – CF
#37 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#16 Yeicok Calderon – DH
#36 Nick Ferdinand – LF
#7 Andres Perez – 1B
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C

#20 Shawn Hill – LHP

We’ll have updates for you throughout the game from Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks and Revolution continue their four-game series! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:37): TOP 1: Bobby Blevins with his first pitch, and our second game of four with the York Revolution has begun!

UPDATE (6:44): TOP 1: Mikey Reynolds steals home with two outs in the first. 1-0 Revs.

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 3: Eric Patterson’s RBI triple puts York up 2-0.

UPDATE (7:22): TOP 3: Bryan Pounds extends the lead with a two-run homer to left. 4-0 Revs.

UPDATE (7:34): BOT 3: Cody Puckett makes it a 4-1 ballgame with a sacrifice fly to right field!

UPDATE (9:13): MID 9: Ducks trail 5-1, coming to bat one more time! Blanke, Redman, and Lyons due up!

UPDATE (9:42): FINAL: Ducks fall 5-1 to the Revs in game two of four.

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Posted on July 21, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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