Game 58: 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 (32-25) look to bounce back with a win in the middle game of a three-game series against the York Revolution (32-25). The Revolution hold a three to one lead in the season series, with all four games being played in York thus far. The Ducks remain one game behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division standings, while the Revs still hold a two-game lead over the Sugar Land Skeeters for first in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS: The Ducks got off to a strong start on Monday night, building a 2-0 lead in the first three innings. However, seven unanswered runs by the York Revolution gave them a 7-2 win to open three series.

Long Island took an early lead thanks to single runs in the first and third innings against York starter Micah Owings, but missed opportunities prevented the lead from growing bigger. The Ducks opened the game with back-to-back singles in the first inning. However, they only managed one run when Fehlandt Lentini scored on Ruben Gotay’s double play ball. Cody Puckett led off the second with a double, but was unable to score in the frame. Lentini would reach on another single to open the third and scored three batters later on Dan Johnson’s two-out RBI double to right. Johnson would be stranded on second though when Puckett flew out to center field.

Jack Snodgrass (5-5) got off to a strong start for the Ducks. After retiring the first six, he allowed a leadoff solo homer to Jason Repko to cut Long Island’s lead to 2-1. The southpaw would then retire 11 of the next 12 batters, allowing just a walk. However, with two outs in the sixth and two strikes on Isaias Tejeda, the catcher launched a solo homer to left-center, tying up the ballgame at two.

Having thrown just over 80 pitches, Snodgrass took the mound again for the seventh, his longest start of the year. The inning did not go well though, as the Revolution plated five runs on five hits and a walk to take a 7-2 lead. An RBI double by Repko, a sac fly from Josh Wilson, an RBI single by Michael Rockett and a two-run double by Tejeda highlighted the scoring.

The Ducks failed to get a hit from the fourth inning through the eighth inning, including a pair of scoreless innings against former-Duck Scott Rice (2-0), who picked up the win. Mike Blanke tried to start a rally in the ninth with a single, but another former-Duck, Ricardo Gomez, struck out the side to seal the victory.

ON THE MOUND: Mark Blackmar will take the mound, looking to continue his fantastic start to the season. The Atlantic League leader in ERA (1.93) makes his 11th start of the year, looking for his third consecutive quality start. He has taken no-decisions in each of his last two outings, going seven innings in each and combining to allow just three runs on 12 hits and four walks while striking out six. Long Island won both games, a 3-1 win against New Britain on Thursday and a 4-2 win at Southern Maryland on June 10. Overall, Blackmar has made six quality starts and has allowed three runs or less in all but one (May 12 vs. Somerset). Tonight will be his first time facing the Revolution.

The Revolution will counter with Matt Neil, looking for a series victory. The right-hander enters with a record for 1-0 and a 4.06 ERA in nine games (eight starts) this season. He took a no-decision in his most recent outing on June 15 at Somerset, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks over five innings while striking out three. York ended up losing the game 5-3. Neil also took a no-decision against the Ducks back on June 9 but pitched very well, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings of work with three strikeouts. Long Island eventually won the game on a ninth inning two-run homer by Blake Tekotte. York has lost in each of Neil’s past three starts after winning in each of his first six appearances.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’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
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#26 Dan Johnson – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett– 3B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – DH
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP

Revolution
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#17 Jason Repko – LF
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – RF
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#9   Keith Castillo – C
#4   Josh Wilson – SS
#2   Michael Rockett – 2B

#32 Matt Neil – RHP

UPDATE (6:45): TOP 1: The Ducks once again take a 1-0 lead in the first on Dan Johnson’s RBI single to right field!

UPDATE (7:03): BOT 1: Michael Burgess lifts a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run to right field. York takes a 3-1 lead.

UPDATE (7:30): TOP 3: Ducks close to within one on Johnson’s second RBI single of the night. York’s lead is now just 3-2.

UPDATE (7:49): BOT 3: Two runs score on an RBI single by Joel Guzman and a bases loaded walk to Keith Castillo. Ducks trail 5-2.

UPDATE (7:58): TOP 4: Anthony Vega launches an opposite field solo homer to left-center! The blast closes Long Island’s deficit to 5-3.

UPDATE (8:25): BOT 5: York now has a 7-3 lead after Telvin Nash’s solo homer to left-center and an RBI single by Josh Wilson.

UPDATE (9:01): BOT 7: Two scoreless innings thus far from the Ducks bullpen has kept this a 7-3 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:18): BOT 8: A second solo homer from Telvin Nash has upped York’s advantage to 8-3.

UPDATE (9:30): FINAL: Ducks drop this one 8-3 in York. Series finale will be on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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