Game 46: Ducks at Revolution

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-21) hope to salvage the finale of a three-game series against the York Revolution (28-18). Thursday marks the third game of the season between the two teams, who will face each other eight more times over Long Island’s next 22 games. The Ducks remain just a half-game behind the first place Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division but just a half-game ahead of the New Britain Bees. Meanwhile the Revolution sit atop the Freedom Division standings, three games ahead of the rival Lancaster Barnstormers.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Both offenses sprung back to life in the middle game of the series on Wednesday, but a pair of big innings early in the ballgame proved too large for the Ducks to rally back from in an 11-7 defeat.

After the Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Tyler Colvin’s sacrifice fly, the Revolution racked up six runs off of Bobby Blevins (1-4) in the second inning to knock him out of the ballgame. Isaias Tejeda’s grand slam to right-center was the big hit of the inning, while Telvin Nash capped it off with a solo blast to left-center. Anthony Vega scored in the third to cut the deficit to 6-2, and Long Island had two on with no outs in the fourth. However, they were unable to score in the frame.

That would loom large, as York plated five more runs in the bottom of the fourth, all with two outs to take an 11-2 lead. After three straight reached against Kevin Vance to open the inning, Dan Blewett came on and struck out both Joel Guzman and Nash. However, with two outs, he issued back-to-back bases loaded walks to Andres Perez and Alfredo Marte before a three-run double by Bryan Pounds finished off the rally.

The Ducks would fight back with four runs in the fifth off of Kelvin De La Cruz to deny him the win. Ruben Gotay and Colvin had RBI singles, Cody Puckett connected for an RBI double and Mike Blanke had a sacrifice fly. However, former Duck Mariel Checo (3-0) avoided further trouble and got out of the inning. Long Island loaded the bases in the seventh with one out against former Duck Ricardo Gomez, but strikeouts of Blake Tekotte and Mike Dowd ended that threat. The Ducks left 11 men on base for the game and could not complete the comeback despite scoreless innings from four relievers.

ON THE MOUND: Jack Snodgrass will start for Long Island, looking to avoid the sweep. The southpaw has compiled a 4-4 record on the season with a 3.35 ERA through eight starts and has struck out 54 batters, good for second in the Atlantic League. He turned in his third consecutive quality start on June 3 against Sugar Land but suffered a hard luck loss. Snodgrass gave up just two runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out five, but was outdueled by Sean Gallagher in a 3-1 loss. The first-year Duck has compiled a 2.00 ERA over his last three starts but has taken the loss in two of them.

York has made a last-minute change to their starter for Thursday, as right-hander Matt Neil will now take the ball. Micah Owings was originally scheduled to go but has been scratched with a leg injury. Neil comes in with a record of 1-0 and a 4.90 ERA in seven games (six starts) this season and has struck out just 10 while walking 15 in 25 and two-thirds innings. The Phoenix native tossed four innings of one-run ball, yielding two hits and one walk with four strikeouts on June 4 against Lancaster but took a no-decision in a 5-0 loss. He has yet to throw more than five innings in an outing this year. During the 2015 season, Neil made four appearances (three starts) against the Ducks and was 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

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.

Ducks
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#21 Mike Blanke – DH
#6   Blake Tekotte – CF
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#39 Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Revolution
#17 Jason Repko – LF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#28 Joel Guzman – 3B
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#7   Andres Perez – DH
#39 Alfredo Marte – RF
#14 Bryan Pounds – 2B
#4   Josh Wilson – SS
#2   Michael Rockett – CF

#32 Matt Neil – RHP

UPDATE (6:54): BOT 1: A bases loaded walk to Andres Perez gives York a 1-0 lead. Jack Snodgrass strikes out the next two though to leave the bases loaded.

UPDATE (7:47): BOT 4: Ruben Gotay with a diving stop and flip out of his glove to second to strand three Revs runners on base! Still a 1-0 ballgame.

UPDATE (8:18): BOT 6: Snodgrass strikes out Tejeda to strand two more in scoring position! He has stranded 10 Revs runners on base over six innings.

UPDATE (8:29): TOP 7: Mike Blanke hustles to beat out an RBI fielder’s choice! Tyler Colvin scores to tie up the game at one!

UPDATE (9:02): BOT 8: Amalio Diaz gets Jason Repko to ground out to short, stranding another runner in scoring position! To the ninth, tied at one.

UPDATE (9:11): TOP 9: Blake Tekotte lines a two-run home run over the right field wall! His fourth of the year gives the Ducks a 3-1 lead!

UPDATE (9:21): FINAL: Todd Coffey nails down his seventh save of the year, and the Ducks rally for a 3-1 win over the Revolution!

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