Game 140: Ducks at Revolution

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(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:00 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (32-37; 72-67) close out the 2016 regular season with the finale of a four-game series against the York Revolution (35-34; 75-64) on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths by virtue of winning the first half in their respective divisions. Long Island will take on the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series, while York will battle the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division Championship Series. The Revolution leads the season series with the Ducks 11-8 but have just a 5-4 edge in York this year.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Arch Nemesis became the Ducks’ best friend on Saturday. Long Island hit two home runs over it and a two-run double off it to top the Revolution, 7-4, and earn a second consecutive road series win.

For the 12th consecutive game, the Ducks took the first lead of the night. After Fehlandt Lentini singled and Dan Lyons walked, Delta Cleary Jr. launched a three-run home run over the big wall in left for his third home run of the season. Revolution starter Frank Gailey (6-5) would settle down after that point, pitching five scoreless innings from the second through the sixth and yielding just one single and a hit by pitch in that span. He went on to strike out nine in seven innings. In the seventh, Tyler Colvin doubled to open the frame against Gailey. Mike Dowd followed by clubbing one well over the wall in left for his fourth homer of the year and second at York. That gave the Ducks a 5-1 lead.

The Revolution were unable to get much going offensively against Nick Struck (4-5), who struck out eight in five innings. The right-hander wiggled out of a first-and-second, no-out jam in the first, and York managed just two singles in the next three innings afterwards. They rallied with two outs in the fifth though, plating a run on a wild pitch following a walk and a single. Patrick Crider relieved Struck and set down three straight batters on strikes. Long Island rewarded him with Dowd’s two-run blast and, after a scoreless seventh from Danny Burawa, the Ducks added two more runs in the eighth. Lew Ford and Cody Puckett picked up back-to-back singles off Jose Arredondo, and two batters later, Colvin double off the Arch Nemesis to give the Flock a 7-1 advantage.

York attempted a comeback but would fall short in their bid to do so. Jared Mitchell lifted a solo home run to right leading off the eighth, but James Lomangino retired the next three batters, including two on strikes, to end the inning. Kyle Hansen began the ninth by retiring Andres Perez and Kevin Rivers and got ahead 1-2 on Joel Guzman. However, Guzman doubled down the left field line to keep the game alive. Hansen then walked Bryan Pounds and Josh Wilson on four pitches each to load the bases. Mitchell followed with a two-run single and, all of a sudden, York was within three with the tying run coming to the plate. Kevin Baez would call upon his closer, Todd Coffey, who struck out Michael Rockett swinging to end the ballgame.

ON THE MOUND: Jarret Leverett gets the call for the Ducks in the regular season finale. The left-hander has put together a fine season, posting a 3.58 ERA and a 6-8 record in 31 games (13 starts) with the Bees and the Ducks. His past two starts have been outstanding, as he has combined to give up just one run on seven hits and five walks while striking out 12 over 12 innings and winning both. That includes seven innings of one-run ball in the road trip opener at Sugar land, which the Ducks won 11-3 over the Skeeters. Leverett has yet to face the Revolution while with the Flock, but as a member of the Bees, the Georgia native was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 25 innings over seven games (three starts). Included in that was a 10-strikeout performance on July 17 at PeoplesBank Park.

Ty’Relle Harris will take the mound on short rest for the Revolution to wrap up the year. The right-hander has spent time in the bullpen and as a starter like Leverett. In 35 games (17 starts), he is 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 114 and one-third innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and six walks over four and two-thirds innings in his last start, falling at Lancaster 4-3 on Wednesday night. He also faced the Ducks on September 9 at Bethpage Ballpark and got the win despite yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings on six hits and two walks. Overall, Harris has faced the Ducks three times (two starts) in 2016 and is 1-0 with a 7.45 ERA, surrendering nine runs (eight earned) over nine and two-thirds innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from today’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 today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – CF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – DH
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#11 Chris Scura – RF
#47 Carlos Hughes – SS

#22 Jarret Leverett – LHP

Revolution
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#7   Andres Perez – 2B
#15 Kevin Rivers – 1B
#2   Michael Rockett – LF
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#9   Keith Castillo – C
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#13 Brandon Chaves – SS

#36 Ty’Relle Harris – RHP

UPDATE (1:13): TOP 1: Fehlandt Lentini with a double, Ruben Gotay with an RBI single and the Ducks have an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (1:49): BOT 2: Keith Castillo lifts a solo homer to left-center, tying the ballgame up at one.

UPDATE (2:04): BOT 3: Andres Perez’s solo homer to left gives York its first lead of the series, 2-1, after three.

UPDATE (2:14): TOP 4: We are tied once again! Tyler Colvin goes the opposite way for a solo blast to left-center! All even at two in York.

UPDATE (2:32): TOP 5: The Ducks have the lead back! Lew Ford drives in Lentini with a groundout to short, putting the Flock ahead 3-2!

UPDATE (2:45): BOT 5: York goes back in front thanks to a two-run single up the middle by Kevin Rivers. 4-3 in favor of the Revs.

UPDATE (3:12): BOT 6: The Revolution put up a three-spot thanks to a two-run double from Travis Witherspoon and an RBI single by Jared Mitchell. 7-3 York.

UPDATE (3:30): BOT 7: Excellent work from Luis Perdomo, who strikes out the side after walking the leadoff batter. Onto the eighth we go.

UPDATE (3:48): BOT 8: York plates an insurance run on Mitchell’s RBI single. 8-3 Revolution as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (3:56): FINAL: York takes the regular season finale. Ducks finish the year 72-68 overall. Playoffs begin Wednesday vs. the Somerset Patriots at 7:05!

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