Game 12: 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 (5-6) and York Revolution (5-5) take the field for game two of their four-game series in Pennsylvania. This is the second of 20 meetings between the two sides this season and second of 10 games in the season series at York. Long Island remains two games behind Somerset and Bridgeport for first place in the Liberty Division, while York is in first place in the Freedom Division, a half-game up on Lancaster, Sugar Land and Southern Maryland.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: In a wild see-saw affair that saw both teams lose two leads, the Ducks came out on top, 8-7, to take the opening game of the four-game series.

York scored the game’s first run on a double play ball in the opening inning, but Long Island tied the game in the third on an RBI single to center from Delta Cleary Jr. off Revolution starter Ty’Relle Harris. Three batters later, Cody Puckett launched his first homer of the season, a mammoth two-run blast over the Arch Nemesis in left field, to put the Ducks in front 3-1.

The lead was short-lived though, as the Revs tied the game in the bottom of the inning. With one on and two out, John Brownell had a couple close pitches to Isaias Tejeda called balls. Behind the in count, the righty eventually allowed a two-run homer to left that evened the score at three.

Following a 53-minute rain delay, the Revs took the lead with a two-out rally in the fourth, culminating in an RBI single from Jose Constanza. York lost its second lead of the night in the fifth when Puckett’s sac fly to center that scored Cleary Jr.

Two innings later, Long Island took its second lead of the night. Fehlandt Lentini singled to open the frame and came home two batters later on an RBI double down the left field line by Nolan Reimold. Up next was Marc Krauss, who blasted the first pitch he saw from Julio DePaula over the left-center field fence for his first homer as a Duck. The dinger gave the Ducks a 7-4 advantage.

Once again, the Ducks lost the lead quickly. Tyler Wilson surrendered a double and single to open the seventh before throwing a wild pitch to score Constanza. Wilson would retire the next two batters, but he allowed a two-out RBI single to right by Bryan Pounds that trimmed the lead to one. Kevin Baez then called upon Patrick Crider to set up a lefty-lefty matchup with Jared Mitchell, but Mitchell tied the game at seven with an RBI double to right-center. Amalio Diaz (1-1) came on and ended the inning, but the damage was done.

In the eighth, the Ducks took the lead back for good. Dan Lyons doubled with one out against Hawtin Buchanan (1-1), and Elmer Reyes followed with an RBI single to left-center that put the Ducks in front 8-7. The Revolution appeared as though they would rally back a third time in the ninth when they picked up back-to-back singles to begin the inning against closer David Aardsma. A sac bunt by Pounds moved the runners to second and third, putting the tying and winning runs in scoring position. However, Aardsma induced a groundout from Mitchell and a flyout from Ryan Dent to secure his second save.

ON THE MOUND: Rafael Perez returns to the mound for his third start of the 2017 season. He has not taken a decision in either of his first two outings, but has surrendered nine runs (seven earned) on 17 hits in just seven and one-third innings thus far, good for an 8.59 ERA. He lasted four and one-third innings in his most recent start last Thursday in Somerset. The Patriots got to him for 11 hits and six runs (four earned) of four and one-third innings. However, the Ducks’ offense bailed him out, posting season-highs in runs (10) and hits (14) to pick up a 10-6 victory in the series finale. This will be Perez’s first-ever time facing the Revolution.

Opposing Perez will be Frank Gailey, who is off to a splendid start for the Revs. The southpaw has won both of his outings thus far and has given up just one run over 11 innings in defeating New Britain and Southern Maryland. He has surrendered seven hits, has not walked a batter and has struck out nine. Gailey most recently pitched six innings of two-hit, shutout ball in an 11-2 win at Southern Maryland on April 27. One year ago, he made four starts against the Flock and compiled a 1-1 record with a 3.96 ERA, allowing 11 runs in 25 innings of work and striking out 28 batters.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#13 Jose Constanza – LF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#7   Luis Alen – C
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#20 Brandon Thomas – CF
#11 Derrick Robinson – RF

#25 Frank Gailey – LHP

UPDATE (6:45): TOP 1: Good start for the Flock! A sacrifice fly by Marc Krauss and an RBI single by Angelo Songco give the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:08): TOP 2: Ducks take advantage of a two-out error, as Nolan Reimold and Marc Krauss pick up back-to-back RBI singles! 4-0 Long Island.

UPDATE (7:24): BOT 2: York trims the Ducks’ lead to two on a sac fly from Ryan Dent and an RBI single by Derrick Robinson.

UPDATE (7:31): TOP 3: Angelo Songco leads off the inning with a solo homer to right-center! His second longball of the season puts the Ducks ahead 5-2!

UPDATE (7:57): TOP 4: Marc Krauss drives in his third run of the night, lining a two-out RBI single to right! Long Island now leads 6-2!

UPDATE (8:35): TOP 6: The Ducks tack on two more runs thanks to a wild pitch and a run-scoring fielder’s choice from Cody Puckett! 8-2 Long Island.

UPDATE (9:00): END 7: Another scoreless inning for Rafael Perez! Five consecutive scoreless frames and seven innings of two-run ball tonight for the lefty!

UPDATE (9:33): FINAL: Zac Treece fires back-to-back perfect innings in relief, and the Ducks win their second in a row, 8-2 over the Revolution!

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