Game 117: Ducks vs. Revolution
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (22-24, 62-54) look to take game two of a three-game series with the York Revolution (25-21, 65-51). The Ducks have now taken three of the past four games from the Revolution, despite losing six of the first seven games. Saturday marks the 12th meeting of the season between the two teams who have already clinched a spot in the 2016 Atlantic League Playoffs.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: A pair of home runs, and a sensational seven innings from Nick Struck, boosted the Ducks over the Revolution 3-0 in game one of a three-game set.
Ruben Gotay clobbered a solo home run over the right-field fence in the bottom of the second inning against York’s Tony Pena. Mike Blanke extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth, when the Ducks’ third baseman cranked a two-run home run to left field.
That was all Long Island starter Nick Struck would need. The right-hander earned the victory with seven shutout innings, striking out four. He allowed three hits and three walks. Pena suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over seven innings. Todd Coffey earned his 22nd save with a scoreless ninth.
ON THE MOUND: Mike Jackson Jr. takes the baseball for the third time in a Ducks uniform. The former Sonoma Stomper, who was acquired via trade, is 0-2 with an 8.73 earned run average following losses to New Britain and Sugar Land. Jackson Jr. went 8-2 in the Pacific Association, striking out 61 in 76 innings. His most recent outing, against the Skeeters on August 21, resulted in nine runs allowed on 12 hits. In five and one-third innings, the Pittsburgh native struck out five and walked one.
Micah Owings, a former third round draft selection by Arizona in 2005, faces Long Island for the second time. Owings has won two of his past three starts, toppling Lancaster and New Britain. He did not factor into the decision on June 20 against the Flock, despite striking out six over five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. The Georgia native pitched with the Diamondbacks in 2011, going 8-0 with a 3.57 ERA en route to Arizona’s NL West Championship.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM, LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will be available online 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.
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#47 Carlos Hughes – SS
#30 Mike Jackson Jr. – RHP
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#15 Kevin Rivers – 1B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#7 Andres Perez – 2B
#2 Michael Rockett – LF
#14 Bryan Pounds 3B
#4 Josh Wilson – SS
#37 Micah Owings – RHP
UPDATE (7:23): TOP 2: The York Revolution plate three in the inning, highlighted by Josh Wilson’s two-run single.
UPDATE (8:02): TOP 4: Bryan Pounds hits a two-run home run to left field, giving the York Revolution a 5-0 lead over the Ducks.
UPDATE (8:29): TOP 5: Joel Guzman’s two-run home run highlights a four-run inning for York. The Ducks trail 9-0.
UPDATE (9:15): TOP 7: Michael Rockett’s two-run home run put York in front of Long Island 11-0.
UPDATE (10:10): FINAL: The Ducks drop the middle game of a three-game series, losing 13-0 to the Revolution.
Posted on August 27, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Atlantic League, Bethpage Ballpark, Long Island Ducks, Micah Owings, Mike Blanke, Mike Jackson Jr., Ruben Gotay, York Revolution. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.