Game 134: Ducks at Revolution

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On Sunday, the Ducks closed out their regular season home games of 2015 by splitting a doubleheader with the Sugar Land Skeeters. Due to Saturday’s postponement, the teams played a pair of seven-inning contests yesterday. John Brownell continued his stellar pitching in the first game, before a late rally in game two helped the Skeeters earn a split of the twinbill. Long Island is currently two games back of first-place Somerset.

The doubleheader opener was a swift contest, as the Ducks gave Brownell a run apiece in the third and fourth inning. That was all the righty needed, as he worked through the Sugar Land lineup with ease. Mike Blanke hit a RBI single to right in the third off Skeeters starter Josh Geer, before Elmer Reyes hit his fourth homer as a Duck in the fourth to give the Flock a 2-0 advantage. Reyes hit 25 homers in seven professional seasons before joining the Ducks. He now has four in just 12 games with Long Island.

Other than those two hits, it was all Brownell. The ace tossed his third straight complete game, his fourth overall of the season, and his second complete game shutout of 2015. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out eight batters. Now 12-5, Brownell lowered his ERA to 3.11, throwing 114 pitches for 74 strikes. He leads the Atlantic League in strikeouts with 142, which are 33 more than the second-place hurler (Sean Gallagher of the Skeeters).

The Ducks scored in back-to-back innings in the second game as well. Long Island’s first run came in the first on a RBI fielder’s choice from Randy Ruiz. One inning later, another run came in on a RBI fielder’s choice, this time from Cody Puckett. However, that was all the scoring the Ducks would manage the rest of the day. Sugar Land posted their first run of the doubleheader in the third when Chris Wallace hit a RBI single to right field off Ducks starter Ian Marshall. Now trailing 2-1, the Skeeters tied the contest in the fifth on a Travis Scott solo homer. After Wallace followed up with a double, Marshall was pulled from the game for J.C. Romero. The southpaw recorded the final out of the frame to keep the ballgame tied at two. After a scoreless sixth, Sugar Land went ahead for good with four runs in the seventh. Johan Limonta’s two-run single highlighted the scoring off Ducks closer Amalio Diaz. The Ducks went without a run in the bottom of the inning, giving the Skeeters their lone victory of the series, 6-2.

Diaz struggled in his outing, suffering the loss and giving up four runs on two hits. He did not record an out, falling to 1-4. Nick Struck recorded three straight outs in the seventh after Diaz was pulled. Lew Ford and Fehlandt Lentini each finished with a pair of hits in the loss. Lentini and Dan Lyons also scored one run apiece.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from the game one victory
CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Kevin Baez and John Brownell
CLICK HERE to view the box score of Game One
CLICK HERE to view the box score of Game Two

A former Long Island Ducks player also had an incredible day in the big leagues yesterday, as pitcher Rich Hill made his first start with the Boston Red Sox after being promoted to the Major Leagues this past week. On Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, the left-hander threw seven scoreless innings of baseball. He surrendered just one hit, an infield single to J.P. Arencibia, and one walk while striking out 10 batters. Hill finished the start having thrown 109 pitches, 68 of which were for strikes. It was the lefty’s first start in the big leagues since July 27, 2009, when he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Hill was signed by the Red Sox and assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 10 after making two impressive starts with the Ducks. CLICK HERE to read an article from ESPN.com’s Gordon Edes about Hill’s journey from the Ducks to the Red Sox.

With their home games of the regular season complete, the Ducks now hit the road for seven games beginning with three contests in York. Bobby Blevins will start the series opener at Santander Stadium. The righty enters the road trip at 4-4 with a 4.02 ERA. In 78 and one-third innings, he has allowed 42 runs (35 earned) on 85 hits. Blevins has also struck out 58 and, incredibly, walked just seven batters in nearly 80 innings. His previous start was a great one, coming on September 9 in Camden. Blevins was an out away from his first complete game of 2015, but the Riversharks put up two runs on back-to-back RBI doubles in the ninth before Amalio Diaz finished the game. Blevins had only allowed one single through eight incredible innings before the final frame. He did not issue a walk and had five strikeouts. He has won his last two starts and has thrown at least eight innings in each.

The Revs are 8-2 in their last 10 games, sitting 3 ½ games behind first-place Lancaster in the Freedom Division. They will send Logan Williamson to the hill. He enters the game at 7-12 with a 4.11 ERA. The lefty has made 24 starts in 25 overall appearances this season, allowing 77 runs (64 earned) on 149 hits in 140 innings of work. He has walked 61 and struck out 75. The 30-year-old last pitched on September 9 in Somerset, a 6-2 loss to the Patriots. York’s hurler allowed three runs on six hits in five and one-third innings for the loss. Williamson also walked six batters in the outing.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Revolution: Tonight marks the 169th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Revolution. The Ducks currently lead the series 86-82, but the Revs have a 47-36 edge at Santander Stadium. It also marks the 14th of 16 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. Long Island leads the season series nine to four. 11 of the first 13 games have been decided by three runs or less.

Home Cooking: The Ducks finished their home schedule this season with an Atlantic League-best 48-22 record. Their .686 home winning percentage is 57 percentage points better than any other team (Somerset, .629, 44-26). The 48 home victories are the third-most in franchise history for a single season. The only two greater totals were in 2000 (49-27) and in 2011 (51-20).

Going the Distance: John Brownell turned in his third consecutive complete game with seven shutout innings in game one on Sunday. In those three starts, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA, allowing five runs in 24 innings of work. In that span, he has yielded just 16 hits and five walks while striking out 23 batters. Brownell currently leads the Atlantic League in wins (12), strikeouts (142) and innings pitched (171.0) while ranking second in starts (25) and fifth in ERA (3.11).

Reyes Rakes:
Elmer Reyes launched a solo homer in game one on Sunday for his fourth home run in his first 11 games played with the Ducks. The infielder also went deep on September 2 against Bridgeport, September 7 against Southern Maryland and September 11 against Sugar Land. The infielder hit just one longball in 30 games earlier this year with Gwinnett (AAA, Braves) and had just 24 career home run before signing with Long Island.

Back with the Flock: Lew Ford collected a hit in game one on Sunday and two more in game two. Dating back to June 7, the former big leaguer has now reached base safely in 31 consecutive games, the longest on-base streak by a Duck in 2015. During the streak, he’s batting .438 with 13 doubles, three homers, 23 RBI and 25 runs. With two hits in game two, he earned his 28th two-hit game and 36th multi-hit contest of the season.

You’ve Been Thunder-Struck: Nick Struck threw another scoreless inning of relief in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader. The right-hander has now made 11 consecutive appearances without allowing a single run. In that span, he has two wins and has given up five hits and 10 walks while striking out 13 batters in 14 innings. Struck has lowered his ERA from 3.00 to 2.11 in the 11 games.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Live streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Michael Polak 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
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#9   Mike Blanke – C
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#11  Elmer Reyes – 2B
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Revolution
#4   Eric Patterson – RF
#21 Wilson Valdez – SS
#7   Andres Perez – 2B
#33 Brandon Boggs – DH
#37 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#38 Telvin Nash – 1B
#6   Luis De La Cruz – C
#36 Nick Ferdinand – LF
#1   James Simmons – CF

#26 Logan Williamson – LHP

Check back here for updates all night long as the Ducks kick off a three-game series in York with the Revolution! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:48): We are underway at Santander Stadium in the opener of a three-game set between the Ducks and Revolution!

UPDATE (7:20): TOP 3: Elmer Reyes at it again! He leads off with a solo homer to left-center! He’s now gone deep in three of the last four games! 1-0 Flock

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 3: York leapfrogs in front on a two-out, two-run bloop single to center by Bryan Pounds. 2-1 Revolution

UPDATE (8:08): TOP 5: Long Island ties the game on Reyes’ RBI double off the Arch Nemesis in left! Knotted up at two at the halfway point.

UPDATE (8:34): END 6: Blevins works out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, inducing a shallow flyout and a groundout! Still tied at two.

UPDATE (8:50): BOT 7: Andres Perez’s third hit of the night, a RBI single off the Arch Nemesis, plates Eric Patterson to give York a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE (9:11): BOT 8: Telvin Nash’s two-run home run over the wall in left has increased York’s lead to 5-2.

UPDATE (9:23): FINAL: Josh Judy works a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and the Revolution claim the series opener 5-2.

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