Game 67: Ducks vs. Revolution

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (37-29) wrap up their four-game series with the York Revolution (37-29). The Ducks earned their third win of the season series with the Revs on Wednesday, improving to 3-6 against York. With just four games remaining in the first half, the Ducks lead the Somerset Patriots by one game for first place in the Liberty Division. The Revolution holds a two-game lead over the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division and can clinch the first half title tonight with a win and losses by both the Skeeters and Lancaster Barnstormers.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks claimed their second consecutive game over the Revolution, coming from behind and holding on late for an 8-5 victory.

York opened the scoring in the second inning on a line drive leadoff home run to left field by Andres Perez. However, Bruce Kern (2-1) gave up just one more run the rest of the way, wiggling out of a few jams to turn in a quality start. He escaped a first-and-second, no-out jam in the third, surrendered just an RBI single to Brandon Chaves with the same jam in the fifth and evaded a first-and-second, one-out issue in the sixth. Overall, he did not give up a walk in seven innings and struck out five batters.

Meanwhile, the Ducks turned the tables on Tony Pena (5-3), who had thrown eight shutout innings against Long Island back on June 7. A four-run fourth inning gave the Flock the lead for good. Cody Puckett’s RBI single, Dan Lyons’ RBI double and a two-out, two-run single by Mike Dowd did the damage. Two innings later, with the score 4-2, Fehlandt Lentini dunked a two-out, two-run single to right, ballooning the lead to four. Finally, Lentini came through with a two-run triple to left-center off of Ron Schreurs in the eighth to make it an 8-2 ballgame.

The Revolution tried to rally back in the ninth against Eury De La Rosa, as they collected three runs on three hits and two walks. A two-run single by Joel Guzman and an RBI single by Perez closed the gap to 8-5 and brought the tying run to the plate. However, Kevin Rivers popped out to left, and Alfredo Marte struck out looking to end the game.

ON THE MOUND: Jack Snodgrass gets the call in the series finale for the Ducks. The southpaw enters at 5-5 on the year with a 3.45 ERA in 12 starts and ranks second in the Atlantic League with 77 strikeouts. He took a no-decision last Saturday at Bridgeport, tossing six innings of one-run ball and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. Long Island went on to win the game 2-1 in 10 innings. Snodgrass’ two starts against York were at the opposite ends of the spectrum. He threw six innings of one-run ball on June 9, yielding seven hits and three walks while striking out seven. However, he was tagged for seven runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings on June 20.

The Revolution will counter with Ty’Relle Harris, who will be making his third start of the season but 21st appearance. He has a 2-2 record with a 3.78 ERA and 11 walks to 31 strikeouts. The right-hander started last Saturday at Southern Maryland and collected a win, pitching seven innings of two-run ball in a 5-2 victory. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Harris also started and got the victory on May 4 against Bridgeport and threw five innings, giving up just one hit, one unearned run and one walk with four strikeouts in a 7-5 win. The California native has thrown one scoreless inning of relief against the Ducks this season.

FOLLOW ALONG:  Fans can follow all the action live online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and 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
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr.. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – DH
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B

#39 Jack Snodgrass – LHP

Revolution
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#2 Michael Rockett – 2B
#28 Joel Guzman – 3B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#7 Andres Perez – 1B
#15 Kevin Rivers – RF
#39 Alfredo Marte – LF
#4 Josh Wilson – SS
#9 Keith Castillo – C

#36 Ty’Relle Harris – RHP

UPDATE (7:00): TOP 1: The Revolution score three in the first inning. Alfredo Marte’s two-run single highlights the inning as the Ducks trail 3-0.

UPDATE (7:12): BOT 1: Cody Puckett’s sacrifice fly brings in Fehlandt Lentini and the Ducks climb back in, trailing York 3-1.

UPDATE (7:28): TOP 2: York takes a 6-1 lead on a passed ball, and RBI singles by Joel Guzman and Andres Perez. Ducks trail by five.

UPDATE (7:45): TOP 3: The Ducks trail York 7-1 as Josh Wilson cranks a solo home run to left field. Long Island with  Vega, Lentini, and Cleary Jr. due up.

UPDATE (8:21): BOT 4: Ruben Gotay’s two-run double, Matt Wessinger’s RBI groundout, and Anthony Vega’s single pull the Ducks within four. LI trails York 7-5.

UPDATE (8:51): TOP 6: York adds a run to lead the Ducks 8-5, as Michael Burgess’ RBI double skips over the wall in right-center field.

UPDATE (9:02): BOT 6: Matt Wessinger’s first home run as a Duck is a two-run shot to left field! The homer pulls the Ducks with one of York, it’s 8-7.

UPDATE (9:41): END 8: The Ducks trail the revolution 8-7. Patrick Crider in to pitch the top of the ninth against York’s 4-5-6 in the order.

UPDATE (10:01): FINAL: York defeats the Ducks 8-7 in the finale of a 4-game set. Teams split the series heading into the final weekend of the half.

 

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