Game 45: Ducks at Revolution
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-20) look to rebound in game two of a three-game series against the York Revolution (27-18). Wednesday is the second game of the season between the two teams, who will face each other nine times over Long Island’s next 23 games. The Ducks remain just a half-game behind the first place Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division, while the Revolution sit atop the Freedom Division standings, two games ahead of the rival Lancaster Barnstormers.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: After combining for 16 runs on 24 hits in their wins over the Skeeters on Saturday and Sunday, the Ducks were limited to just three hits in a 1-0 loss to the Revolution on Tuesday.
Tony Pena (5-0) allowed just three singles and a walk over eight scoreless innings to earn the win for York. Long Island managed just a walk and a single to right from Ruben Gotay and a pair of singles by Anthony Vega, one of which came on a bunt. The right-hander struck out six, while Mike DeMark came on to pitch the ninth and retired the side in order for his 15th save. Pena finished with 85 pitches, 64 of which were for strikes.
Darin Downs (3-3) was spectacular for the Ducks as well but surrendered the game’s only run. He pitched seven innings and gave up just five hits, only two of which left the infield, and tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts. The southpaw’s only hiccup came in the seventh inning when he walked Telvin Nash to lead off the inning. Downs would then balk, allowing Nash to advance to second. Andres Perez followed with a grounder up the middle that just snuck passed the glove of a diving Gotay, scoring Nash to give York the 1-0 lead. Downs finished with 98 pitches, 69 for strikes, before Bruce Kern struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning.
ON THE MOUND: Bobby Blevins takes the mound looking to even up the series. The right-hander has compiled a 1-3 record thus far with a 5.44 ERA through eight starts. Like Downs before Tuesday, he has struggled of late, going 0-2 with a 9.20 ERA in his past three starts. In that span, he has given up 15 runs on 24 hits in 14 and two-thirds innings while striking out nine. Prior to that, Blevins was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, yielding 13 runs (10 earned) on 30 hits in 26 and two-thirds innings with 20 strikeouts. In his most recent outing on June 2 at Lancaster, he gave up six runs on 10 hits in four and one-third innings.
The Revolution will hand the ball to Kelvin De La Cruz in the middle game of the series. The southpaw has gone 3-5 thus far with a 4.35 ERA in eight games (seven starts). He comes in having lost four consecutive starts, compiling a 6.45 ERA in that span. The Dominican Republic native has yielded 17 runs (16 earned) in that span on 39 hits over 22 and one-third innings with 11 strikeouts during those four outings. Prior to that, he went 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA over his first four starts, giving up three runs on 15 hits in 17 innings while striking out 13. De La Cruz most recently pitched on June 2 at Bridgeport and surrendered four runs (three earned) on 12 hits over seven innings in a 4-1 loss.
FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.
DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#6 Blake Tekotte – CF
#29 Mike Dowd – DH
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP
#17 Jason Repko – RF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#7 Andres Perez – 2B
#39 Alfredo Marte – CF
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#15 Charley Thurber – LF
#4 Josh Wilson – SS
#18 Kelvin De La Cruz – LHP
UPDATE (6:43): TOP 1: Long Island strikes first on a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Tyler Colvin! 1-0 Ducks!
UPDATE (7:22): BOT 2: York scores six runs to take a 6-1 lead. A grand slam from Isaias Tejeda and a solo homer from Telvin Nash highlight the inning.
UPDATE (7:42): TOP 3: Anthony Vega scores from third on a wild pitch by De La Cruz! Ducks close to within 6-2.
UPDATE (8:10): BOT 4: York adds five runs with two outs to take an 11-2 lead. Bases loaded walks to Andres Perez and Alfredo Marte along with a three-run double by Bryan Pounds does the damage.
UPDATE (8:35): TOP 5: Ducks answer with four runs in the fifth to close within 11-6! RBIs from Gotay, Colvin, Puckett & Mike Blanke!
UPDATE (9:26): BOT 7: Three straight scoreless innings from Jarrett Casey, Nick Struck and Patrick Crider! Still an 11-6 ballgame.
UPDATE (9:39): TOP 8: Colvin drives in his third run with a two-out RBI single to center! York’s lead has been cut to 11-7.
UPDATE (10:00): FINAL: Revolution claim the middle game of the series 11-7. Ducks will try to salvage the finale on Thursday evening.
Posted on June 8, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Atlantic League, Bobby Blevins, Bruce Kern, Darin Downs, Kelvin De La Cruz, Long Island Ducks, PeoplesBank Park, Tony Pena, York Revolution. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.