Game 138: Ducks at Revolution

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(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (30-37; 70-67) take on the York Revolution (35-32; 75-62) in the second game of a four-game series. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths by virtue of winning the first half in their respective divisions. The Revolution are currently one game behind the Skeeters for first place in the second half standings, as they are looking to win both halves in the Freedom Division for the first time in franchise history. York also leads the season series with the Ducks 11-6 and have taken five of seven games thus far in York.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: John Brownell set the tone with a strong start, and the Ducks held onto an early lead to take the series opener 4-2 in York.

Brownell (10-8) got into trouble immediately in the first, giving up a single to Jared Mitchell and a double to Kevin Rivers. However, he responded by inducing a popout to short from Isaias Tejeda, a lineout to shallow center by Andres Perez and a groundout from Joel Guzman to keep the Revolution off the scoreboard. He would go on to allow just two more hits and two walks in the next six innings, and finished with five strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pick up the victory.

Meanwhile, the Ducks built an early lead against Revs starter Tony Pena (7-10). Long Island plated for the first run for the 10th consecutive game, as Fehlandt Lentini double with two outs in the third and scored on Anthony Vega’s RBI single through the right side. Two innings later, the Ducks struck again with two outs. Lentini beat out an infield single to short, setting the stage for Vega. Ahead in the count 3-1, he drove Pena’s offering over the wall in left-center for a two-run blast. His team-leading 11th longball of the season gave the Flock a 3-0 lead and eventually proved to be the winning hit. Delta Cleary Jr. followed with a bloop double down the left field line and came home on Cody Puckett’s RBI single to left.

The Revolution tried to rally back in the eighth against Danny Burawa. Brandon Chaves doubled to open the frame and moved to third on a passed ball. After a strikeout of Mitchell and a walk to Travis Witherspoon, Tejeda lifted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Chaves. Perez followed with a single to center, and all of a sudden, Guzman came to the plate as the tying run. However, Burawa induced a groundout to second to end the rally, keeping the Ducks ahead 4-2. Amalio Diaz then struck out the trio of Michael Burgess, Michael Rockett and Bryan Pounds in the ninth to pick up his fifth save.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins makes his second start for the Ducks and final one before the postseason. The right-hander impressed in his debut with the Flock on September 10 against York. He allowed just one run on three hits over his first seven innings and struck out six batters. However, he allowed two hits and a walk in the eighth after retaking the mound with 92 pitches. All three runners ended up scoring, the latter two of which came home on Mitchell’s three-run homer off Luis Perdomo that gave York the lead. Larkins pitched the majority of the season with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association and compiled a 7-7 record with a 3.69 ERA in 21 games (19 starts).

Micah Owings will take the mound for the Revolution. Also a righty, his most recent start came against the Flock on Sunday, September 11. In that outing, he was tagged for four runs (three earned) on just four hits over seven innings while striking out four. Long Island scored twice in the first against him and added two more in the fourth on Puckett’s two-run homer to left. Overall, Owings has a record of 7-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games (18 starts) this season. Against the Flock, the former big leaguer is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts and has struck out 20 batters while walking just five in 18 innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from tonight’s game live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will also 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
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Revolution
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#15 Kevin Rivers – 1B
#7   Andres Perez – 2B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#2   Michael Rockett – LF
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#4   Josh Wilson – SS

#37 Micah Owings – RHP

UPDATE (6:52): BOT 1: Good start for Matt Larkins, as he strikes out two in a 1-2-3 first inning! No score after one.

UPDATE (7:04): TOP 2: More two-out runs for the Flock! Fehlandt Lentini drills a two-run triple to left-center field, giving the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:25): TOP 3: Ruben Gotay dunks an RBI single into center field, scoring Delta Cleary Jr., to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:15): TOP 6: Lentini drives in his third run of the night with an RBI fielder’s choice! Ducks now in front 4-0 in the sixth!

UPDATE (8:35): BOT 7: Andres Perez’s solo homer gets the Revs on the board, but Larkins gets Bryan Pounds to hit into an inning-ending double play. 4-1 LI.

UPDATE (8:54): BOT 8: Perdomo relieves Larkins and tosses a scoreless inning! Final line for Larkins: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

UPDATE (9:13): FINAL: Todd Coffey nails down his 26th save of the season, and the Ducks top the Revolution, 4-1, for their third straight win!

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