Game 137: 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 (29-37; 69-67) begin their final series of the 2016 regular season when they face the York Revolution (35-31; 75-61) in the opener of a four-game set. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths by virtue of winning the first half in their respective divisions. York is looking to win both halves for the first time in team history, and is currently tied with the Sugar Land Skeeters for first place in the Freedom Division. The Revolution also lead the season series with the Ducks 11-5 and have taken five of six games thus far in York.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Thanks to a clutch home run in the seventh inning, the Ducks earned the series win with a 4-3 victory over the Skeeters in Texas.

Long Island scored multiple runs in the first inning for the second straight game and plated the game’s first run for the ninth consecutive game. Facing Sean Gallagher, Delta Cleary Jr. doubled and Lew Ford walked with two outs in the opening frame. Cody Puckett followed with a two-run double to right-center field, and Ruben Gotay added an RBI single to left-center to put the Ducks ahead 3-0.

Sugar Land would respond though against Daniel Herrera (3-1) with a run in the second and two in the third to tie up the game. Beamer Weems delivered a two-out RBI single in the second, but a great relay throw from Anthony Vega to Dan Lyons to Mike Dowd nailed Juan Martinez at the plate to end the inning. With two on and nobody out in the third, Jeremy Barfield hit a potential double play ball to short. However, Lyons lost the handle on it, allowing the bases to be loaded. Delwyn Young followed with an RBI single, and Rene Tosoni scored on a double play ball to even the scored at three.

Both starters settled in from that point on, and the game remained even until the top of the seventh inning. Zech Zinicola (2-5) retired Dowd on a groundout to open the frame, but Vega followed with a solo home run into the Skeeters bullpen in right. His 10th longball of the year gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead that they would never relinquish.

Wilfredo Rodriguez singled with two outs against Amalio Diaz in the eighth, and Lance Zawadzki followed with a double into the left field corner. Rodriguez tried to score from first on the play, but the trio of Vega, Lyons and Dowd connected again for the out at the plate. Todd Coffey allowed a pinch hit single to Travis Scott in the ninth, but he followed that up by getting pinch hitter Johan Limonta to ground into a game-ending 1-6-3 double play.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell toes the rubber in the series opener for the Ducks, his final tune-up before the postseason. The right-hander has posted a 9-8 record with a 3.44 ERA through 24 starts this year. He leads the league with six complete games while ranking second in innings pitched (162.0) and strikeouts (142). The fifth-year Duck suffered the loss in his most recent outing, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks over four and two-thirds innings against the Revolution on September 9. In three starts against York this year, he is 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA but has struck out 20 batters and walked six in 18 and two-thirds innings.

Tony Pena will make the start for the York Revolution. The righty enters with a 7-9 record and a 5.56 ERA in 27 games (22 starts). His last start came against Long Island, and he took a no-decision, surrendering four runs on eight hits while striking out five over six innings in a 6-5 victory on September 10. Pena’s prior start though saw him yield 10 runs on nine hits in just two and two-thirds innings in a loss against Southern Maryland. He has allowed four or more runs in each of his past three outings after going four straight starts giving up three runs or less. In four starts against the Flock, Pena has a 1-2 record with a 4.33 ERA and has struck out 19 while walking just four in 27 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from tonight’s game 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 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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – DH
#27 Anthony Vega – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B
#11 Chris Scura- LF
#47 Carlos Hughes – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Revolution
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#15 Kevin Rivers – LF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#7   Andres Perez – 2B
#28 Joel Guzman – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#2   Michael Rockett – CF
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#13 Brandon Chaves – SS

#45 Tony Pena – RHP

UPDATE (6:54): BOT 1: Excellent work by John Brownell, who escapes a second-and-third, no-out jam in the first to keep York off the scoreboard!

UPDATE (7:17): TOP 3: Ducks score first for the 10th consecutive game! Anthony Vega delivers the two-out RBI single to put the Flock on top 1-0!

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 4: Brownell works a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth after getting out of a first-and-second, one-out jam in the third! Still 1-0 Flock.

UPDATE (7:56): TOP 5: Ducks strike again with two outs! Vega homers for the second straight day, a two-run blast, and Cody Puckett adds an RBI single! 4-0 Long Island.

UPDATE (8:33): BOT 7: Brownell strikes out two more in the seventh! He’s retired nine in a row and 14 of the last 15! Still 4-0 in favor of the Flock.

UPDATE (8:56): BOT 8: The Revolution get on the scoreboard thanks to a sac fly from Isaias Tejeda and an RBI single by Andres Perez. Ducks lead is now 4-2.

UPDATE (9:16): FINAL: Amalio Diaz strikes out the side in the ninth, all swinging, and the Ducks beat the Revolution 4-2 for their 4th win in 5 games!

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