Game 84: Ducks vs. Revolution
For a second straight night, the Ducks’ offense was nowhere to be found against York Revolution pitching. In a 4-1 loss, Long Island mustered one run on four hits. They have put up one run on back-to-back nights, combining for six hits across the two contests. The Ducks are now in danger of losing back-to-back home series for the first time this season, as their offense has suddenly gone quiet. With that being said, they can still earn a series tie with a victory tonight.
York got out to an early lead against Ducks starter Billy Buckner on Wednesday night. Brandon Boggs’ two-run homer got the Revs’ offense started, giving them a 2-0 advantage. York added another run in the third on Eric Patterson’s RBI single. The final Revs run came in the sixth on a Mikey Reynolds RBI single. Buckner was pulled with two outs in the sixth after allowing all four runs. After being silenced by York starter southpaw Frank Gailey through seven innings and reliever Stephen Penney in the eighth, Long Island got their lone run in the ninth on a RBI groundout from Delta Cleary, Jr. that scored Bryan Sabatella. However, Randy Ruiz and Cody Puckett both struck out swinging to end the game.
Sabatella, Cleary, Jr., Ruiz, and Jon Griffin each finished with one hit apiece for all the Ducks hits. The Flock are hitting .205 in their last five games and .215 in their last ten contests. Their pitching staff is also 1-4 in the team’s last five contests, as Buckner suffered the loss on Wednesday. He allowed four runs on eight hits in five and two-thirds innings while walking four and striking out two. One bright spot for the Ducks last night was their bullpen, which continues to impress. Patrick Crider, J.C. Romero, and Nick Struck held York to just one hit over the final three and one-third innings with seven strikeouts. Buckner is now 7-2 on the season. Gailey, making his fourth start of the season for the Revs, moved to 2-2 with the win, allowing just three hits in seven shutout innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts. His previous season-high was three.
CLICK HERE to view postgame interviews with Kevin Baez and Randy Ruiz
CLICK HERE to view Wednesday’s box score
The Ducks will try and salvage a tie in the four-game series on Thursday night by sending 2015 All-Star Ian Marshall to the mound. The right-hander comes into the game at 3-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 15 starts. He has allowed 41 runs (35 earned) on 79 hits in 89 innings of work while walking 31 and striking out 54. Marshall is a combined 1-0 this year against York. In two starts, he has allowed three runs (two earned) in 10 and one-third innings with one walk and four strikeouts. His last start came on July 18 against Somerset in a 7-5 Ducks loss. Marshall took a no decision, tossing six innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked and struck out three.
York will try and take the series with a win in the finale by giving the ball to a 2015 All-Star of their own in Logan Williamson. The southpaw has pitched in 15 games this season, starting 14 of them. He is 4-6 with a 3.57 ERA, having allowed 39 runs (35 earned) on 79 hits through 80 and two-thirds innings. The lefty has walked 29 and struck out 47. On April 26, Williamson made his lone start against the Ducks this season, allowing one run on four hits in five innings, but suffering the loss. The 30-year-old’s last start came on July 18, a 4-1 win over Lancaster on the road. Williamson gave up one run on three hits in five frames. Despite walking five and striking out just one, he took the win.
Here are tonight’s game notes:
The Faithful Flock: Wednesday’s crowd of 7,067 was the Ducks’ third-highest of the season. Long Island welcomed crowds of 7,443 on July 4 and 7,087 on July 2. The Ducks have now hosted seven sold out crowds this season and 646 all-time, an Atlantic League record. Since the inaugural 2000 season, a total of 6,492,414 fans have come through the gates of Bethpage Ballpark, which is also a league record. The Flock lead the Atlantic League in average attendance this season at 5,169 fans per game.
Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 168th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 85-82 and have a 49-35 edge at Bethpage Ballpark. It also marks the 13th of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series eight games to four. 10 of the 12 games have been decided by three runs or less.
Home Cooking: Despite Wednesday’s loss, the Ducks still boast a 30-11 record at home this season. Their .732 home winning percentage is currently the best in the Atlantic League. Somerset ranks second at .682 (30-14). As a team, the Ducks have a .299 batting average and 3.18 ERA at home. Comparatively, they have a .264 batting average and a 3.28 ERA away from Bethpage Ballpark.
Speedy Sabatella: Bryan Sabatella scored the lone Ducks run on Wednesday. He has now scored 57 runs this season, which leads the Atlantic League by 11 over Somerset’s Aharon Eggleston. In addition, he stole his 22nd base of the season when he swiped second in the ninth. The Long Island native leads the Ducks and ranks second in the league in steals. Only Bridgeport’s Welington Dotel (28) has more. As a team, the Ducks lead the league in runs this year with 396 and are second in stolen bases with 86, trailing only Bridgeport (92).
Oh, What a Relief He Is: Patrick Crider tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s game. The southpaw has now surrendered just two runs in his last 12 outings, posting a 1.59 ERA in that span. In 11 and one-third innings during that stretch, he has given up six hits and six walks while striking out 10 batters. Crider is now tied with Amalio Diaz for the league lead in appearances at 38.
Streaks Snapped: A pair of hitting streaks were snapped on Wednesday. Mike Blanke’s hitting streak ended at nine straight games. During the streak, the catcher batted .424 (14-for-33) with five doubles, two home runs, four RBI and seven runs. In the nine games, Blanke raised his batting average from .291 to .322. Blake Davis’ hitting streak was snapped at six games, and he had picked up hits in 10 of his last 11 contests before Wednesday. During those 11 games, the infielder had a .382 batting average (13-for-34) with three doubles, one triple, two RBI, four runs and five walks. In that span, he raised his batting average from .167 to .232 and his on-base percentage from .212 to .290.
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
#21 Ian Marshall – RHP
#2 Mikey Reynolds – SS
#21 Wilson Valdez – 3B
#4 Eric Patterson – 2B
#33 Brandon Boggs – DH
#16 Yeicok Calderon – RF
#7 Andres Perez – 1B
#36 Nick Ferdinand – LF
#6 Luis De La Cruz – C
#32 James Simmons – CF
#26 Logan Williamson – LHP
We’ll have updates for you throughout the game from Bethpage Ballpark as the Ducks and Revolution complete their four-game series! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!
UPDATE (6:36): TOP 1: Ian Marshall is on the mound and our series finale with the York Revolution has begun!
UPDATE (7:35): BOT 3: Ducks take a 2-0 lead on Jon Griffin’s two-run homer to deep left-center!
UPDATE (7:50): BOT 4: Delta Cleary, Jr. with a two-run single up the middle! 4-0 Flock! Delta is now 3-3 on the game!
UPDATE (7:58): TOP 5: Brandon Boggs’ two-run homer makes it a 4-2 ballgame. Ducks still lead by two, two outs in the frame.
UPDATE (8:48): TOP 8: Amalio Diaz comes in from the bullpen with a 4-2 Ducks lead! Six more outs for York.
UPDATE (9:09): BOT 8: Randy Ruiz pads the LI lead with a RBI double to right! 5-2 Ducks! 13th hit of the game for the Flock.
UPDATE (9:23): FINAL: Ryan Kussmaul shuts the door and gets his 24th save! Ducks win 5-2!