Game 59: 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 (32-26) play the final game of a three-game series against the York Revolution (33-25). The Revolution hold a four games to one lead in the season series, with all five games being played in York thus far. The Ducks sit two games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division standings, while the Revs now hold a three game lead over the Sugar Land Skeeters for first in the Freedom Division.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Despite taking a lead for the second consecutive night, the Ducks fell to the York Revolution 8-3 behind three home runs by York batters.

Long Island opened the scoring with a run in the first on Dan Johnson’s RBI single off Matt Neil (2-0), which followed a base hit by Fehlandt Lentini and a walk to Ruben Gotay. Much like the night prior, the Ducks were unable to expand on the lead. Cody Puckett struck out, and Mike Dowd popped out to end the threat. Mark Blackmar (4-2) allowed the first two Revolution batters to reach in the bottom of the first on a single and a walk. He would go on to strike out Joel Guzman and Telvin Nash, and was ahead in the count at 0-and-2 on Michael Burgess. However, he fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches before hitting a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for a three-run home run.

The Ducks closed to within one in the third inning when Delta Cleary Jr. singled and came around to score on another RBI single by Johnson. They could not pull even though, and the Revolution grabbed two more runs in the third on Guzman’s RBI single and a bases loaded walk to former Duck Keith Castillo. Anthony Vega launched his third home run of the season in the fourth, a solo blast, but that would wrap up Long Island’s scoring for the night. Telvin Nash’s solo homer led off a two-run fifth to end Blackmar’s night, and Nash would round the scoring for the game with a two-out solo blast in the eighth.

Blackmar ultimately surrendered seven runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings, throwing 112 pitches. Neil went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. York’s bullpen threw four scoreless innings to seal the win, giving up just two hits and a walk while striking out four. Ducks relievers gave up a run in three innings of relief, yielding three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks turn to their ace, John Brownell, to try and salvage the series finale. The right-hander enters at 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in nine starts this season. He remains one win shy of moving into sole possession of first place on the Ducks all-time wins list. Brownell battled in his most recent outing to throw six innings of two-run ball, taking a no-decision in Long Island’s 4-2 win over Lancaster on Friday. He allowed nine hits and two walks over those six innings while picking up seven strikeouts. Brownell has made three quality outings in a row, despite only getting the win in one. In those three starts, he has yielded five runs in 23 innings (1.96 ERA) on 19 hits and four walks while striking out 24. Tonight is his first outing of the year against the Revolution.

York will send Frank Gailey to the mound in hopes of earning a series sweep. The southpaw has made nine appearances this year (three starts) and has a 2-0 record with a 1.95 ERA. He last pitched on June 16 at Somerset, tossing four innings of two-run (one earned) ball and allowing two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. In his three starts this season, Gailey has a 2.81 ERA, giving up six runs (five earned) on 17 hits and three walks in 16 innings while striking out five. Wednesday will be his first start of the year against the Ducks.

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 – DH
#2   Cody Puckett– 3B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#11  Carlos Hughes – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Revolution
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#2   Michael Rockett – 2B
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – RF
#7   Andres Perez – 1B
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#39 Alfredo Marte – LF
#4   Josh Wilson – SS
#34 Salvador Paniagua – C

#29 Frank Gailey – LHP

UPDATE (6:56): TOP 2: Mike Dowd crushes his first home run of the year, launching the first pitch over the Arch Nemesis! Ducks take a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:15): BOT 3: Three scoreless innings thus far from John Brownell, who’s allowed two singles while striking out four. Ducks still in front 1-0.

UPDATE (7:42): BOT 5: Back-to-back two-out hits, including an RBI single by Michael Rockett, tie up the ballgame at one apiece.

UPDATE (7:56): BOT 6: Two more strikeouts for Brownell, who now has eight for the game. Four straight starts with 7+ strikeouts! 1-1 after six.

UPDATE (8:36): BOT 8: Travis Witherspoon leads off the inning with a two-strike solo homer to left. Revolution take a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:43): FINAL: Dowd earns his third hit, but the Revolution claim the series finale 2-1. Ducks open a four-game set on Thursday in Bridgeport.

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