Game 83: Ducks vs. Revolution
It was a difficult night for Long Island’s offense on Tuesday, as the team combined for just two hits against York’s pitching in a 5-1 loss at Bethpage Ballpark. Six Revolution arms combined to stifle the Ducks in game two of four. The Flock are now 6-6 in the second half while the Revs moved to 5-7.
Heads-up base running from the Revolution gave them an early advantage over Ducks starter Bobby Blevins. With two outs in the first inning and Mikey Reynolds standing on third base, the York second baseman took off for home on a 2-1 pitch from Blevins. The pitch went off the end of catcher Mike Blanke’s glove and Reynolds stole home to put the Revs up 1-0. York put up three more runs in the third, highlighted by a Bryan Pounds two-run homer. Long Island got one run back in the bottom of the inning, all without a hit. With one away, York starter Shawn Hill hit Dan Lyons and Delta Cleary, Jr. back-to-back. Hill then walked Blake Davis to load the bases for Cody Puckett. Puckett scored Lyons on a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-1 ballgame. The Ducks’ first hit came courtesy of Davis in the fifth, a double to the wall in left field. After another Revs run in the seventh, Long Island’s only other hit came in the ninth, but no runs crossed as the game came to an end. Blanke hit a double to left field for the second hit.
Ducks relievers Donnie Veal and Frank DeJiulio, Jr. held York to just one hit over the final three innings. Blevins pitched six frames, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out four. He moved to 1-2 with the loss, his ERA now at 6.00. Hill won a start for the first time since May 7, surrendering one run on one hit in five innings with four walks and strikeouts. He is 2-7 in 2015. Davis finished 1-1 with three walks and a double for Long Island.
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The Ducks will try and retake a series lead over the Revolution with Billy Buckner getting the ball in game three. The righty comes into Wednesday’s contest at 7-1 with a 4.87 ERA in 10 starts. The former big leaguer has logged 48 innings with 23 walks and 45 strikeouts. He has allowed 26 runs on 56 hits thus far, having faced York in his Ducks debut on May 21. Buckner pitched only two innings, but did not allow a run on three hits while walking one and striking out two. His last start was on July 17 at home against Somerset, a 3-2 win for the Ducks. Buckner tossed five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The Georgia native has won three straight starts. Buckner is 7-0 in his last eight starts and the Ducks have only lost in two of the 10 games he has pitched in this year.
York will try to make it two straight wins in Central Islip with Frank Gailey taking the mound. The 5-foot-9 southpaw enters the game at 1-2 with a 2.17 ERA. He has pitched in eight games this season, three of which have been starts. Gailey has not faced the Ducks this year. He has given up nine runs (five earned) on 18 hits in 20 and two-thirds innings with six walks and 16 strikeouts. He has lost in his last two appearances, which came against Sugar Land and Lancaster. Gailey was the loser in a 13-0 defeat in Lancaster on July 17. The Philadelphia native allowed four runs on eight hits in four and one-third innings. He walked one and struck out three. Gailey has spent his career in the Phillies, Blue Jays and Athletics organizations. He was also on the roster of Double-A Bowie with the Orioles this season, but did not appear in a game. The 29-year-old southpaw was drafted by Toronto in 2007 and has appeared in 293 professional games, 124 of which have been at the Double-A level.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 167th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 85-81 and have a 49-34 edge at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the 12th of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series eight games to three. Nine of the 11 games have been decided by three runs or less.
Home Cooking: Despite Monday’s loss, the Ducks still boast a to 30-10 record at home this season. Their .750 home winning percentage is the best in the Atlantic League. Somerset ranks second at .682 (30-14). As a team, the Ducks have a .303 batting average and 3.16 ERA at home. Comparatively, they have a .264 batting average and a 3.28 ERA away from Bethpage Ballpark.
Blake’s a Beast: With his double in the fifth inning on Tuesday, Blake Davis extended his hitting streak to six consecutive games. In addition, he has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games. During those 11 games, the infielder has a .382 batting average (13-for-34) with three doubles, one triple, two RBI, four runs and five walks. In that span, he has raised his season batting average from .167 to .232 and his on-base percentage from .212 to .290.
Wanna Be Like Mike: With a double in the ninth inning on Tuesday, Mike Blanke extended his hitting streak to nine straight games. During the streak, the catcher is batting .424 (14-for-33) with five doubles, two home runs, four RBI and seven runs. In the nine games, Blanke has raised his batting average from .291 to .322.
Oh, What a Relief He Is: Frank DeJiulio, Jr. tossed two scoreless innings of relief on Tuesday. The right-hander has now made 10 straight appearances without allowing an earned run. In that span, he has given up just seven hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters in 10 and one-third innings.
I’ll Have the Veal: Donnie Veal also pitched a scoreless outing on Tuesday, retiring all three batters he faced in the seventh inning. The former big leaguer has not allowed a run in four innings with the Flock thus far. In those four frames, he has surrendered just one hit and one walk while striking out three.
All He Does Is Win: The Ducks have won eight of the 10 starts that Billy Buckner has made this season. The righty enters tonight’s game coming off back-to-back strong outings. In those two starts, he allowed just three runs over 11 and two-thirds innings (2.31 ERA) on seven hits and five walks while striking out 12.
On the Air: Today’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live 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
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#40 Steve McQuail – LF
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#11 Blake Davis – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#29 Billy Buckner – RHP
#2 Mikey Reynolds – SS
#21 Wilson Valdez – 3B
#4 Eric Patterson – 2B
#33 Brandon Boggs – CF
#37 Bryan Pounds – 1B
#16 Yeicok Calderon – RF
#36 Nick Ferdinand – LF
#7 Andres Perez – DH
#6 Luis De La Cruz – C
#39 Frank Gailey – 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 (6:41): TOP 1: Billy Buckner retires the first batter he faces and game three of four is underway from the Duck Pond!
UPDATE (6:46): TOP 1: Brandon Boggs with a two-run homer to right, and the Revs go up 2-0.
UPDATE (7:15): TOP 3: RBI single for Eric Patterson. 3-0 York.
UPDATE (8:06): TOP 6: The Revs go up 4-0 on a RBI single by Wilson Valdez.
UPDATE (9:00): MID 9: Ducks still trail 4-0. Sabatella, Cleary, Jr., and Puckett due up for the Flock!
UPDATE (9:06): BOT 9: Ducks get a run on Delta Cleary, Jr.’s RBI groundout to first! 4-1 ballgame.
UPDATE (9:08): FINAL: Ducks drop game three to York, 4-1.
Posted on July 22, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged 2015, Baseball, Bethpage Ballpark, Billy Buckner, Blake Davis, Bobby Blevins, Long Island Ducks, Mike Blanke, York Revolution. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.