Games 13 & 14: Ducks at Revolution

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(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (6-6) look to keep their offense rolling on Wednesday as they take on the York Revolution (5-6) in a day/night doubleheader. This marks the third doubleheader of the season for the Ducks already, but is the first that was originally scheduled. Today will be the third and fourth of 20 meetings between the two sides this season as well as the third and fourth of 10 games in the season series at York. Long Island remains two games behind Somerset for first place in the Liberty Division, while York has now fallen back to third in the Freedom Division, a half-game behind Lancaster and Southern Maryland.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: For the second consecutive night, the Ducks put up eight runs against the Revolution. This time though, victory came a bit easier as they topped York by an 8-2 margin.

Long Island scored early and often on Tuesday night, plating two runs in each of the first two innings against Revolution starter Frank Gailey (2-1). After back-to-back singles to open the game, Marc Krauss lifted a sac fly to right with one out to drive in Fehlandt Lentini. Two batters later, Angelo Songco drove home Delta Cleary Jr. with an RBI single to right. In the second inning, the Ducks took advantage of Gailey missing first base on a two-out grounder by Lentini. Nolan Reimold and Krauss delivered back-to-back bloop RBI singles to center, ballooning Long Island’s lead to 4-0.

Rafael Perez (1-0) started for the Ducks, and his only hiccup came in the second inning. Ryan Dent lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Luis Alen, and Derrick Robinson drove an RBI single to left two batters later to cut the Ducks’ lead to 4-2.

The Ducks got the runs back though thanks to a solo home run to right-center by Songco leading off the third inning and a two-out RBI single to right by Krauss in the fourth. Long Island tacked on its final two runs in the sixth when Lentini scored from third on a wild pitch by Jarret Martin and Cody Puckett drove in Cleary Jr. with an RBI fielder’s choice.

After the second, Perez pitched splendidly for the Ducks. He allowed just three hits and a walk over his final five innings of work, striking out four for the game over seven innings to collect his first win as a Duck. Zac Treece secured the victory with back-to-back perfect innings of relief in the eighth and ninth.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady will make his first start in a Ducks uniform in game one of the doubleheader. The right-hander has done a great job out of the bullpen thus far, tossing seven scoreless innings over three games and allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six. He most recently pitched on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark, firing two perfect innings of relief against New Britain and striking out three. The Floral Park native made 14 starts out of 34 appearances in 2015 while pitching for Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A in the Padres organization. He has made 25 career starts out of 203 appearances.

Curtis Partch will take the mound for York in the day game of the twinbill. The righty has appeared in three games out of the bullpen for the Revolution this season and is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits over three innings while striking out three. He most recently pitched on Saturday against Somerset and earned a save despite allowing a run on two hits in one inning of work. Partch spent two seasons at the Major League level with the Cincinnati Reds in 2013 and 2014 and also made two appearances in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016.

Tyler Levine will get the ball for the Ducks in game two. The spring training invitee, who was signed by Long Island this past Friday, made his Ducks debut on Sunday in relief, tossing a scoreless innings against the Bees. He allowed just one hit while striking out two. The East Meadow native and SUNY Old Westbury alum will be making the first start of his professional career after pitching 44 games in relief over three seasons, all of which came in independent baseball. However, the righty did make 12 starts during his collegiate career at SUNY Old Westbury.

On the other side the nightcap will be Steve Janas. The right-hander has started twice thus far for the Revs and is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA, giving up 12 hits and five walks over nine innings with five strikeouts. He earned the win his last time out, pitching five innings of two-run ball on Friday, April 28 against the Patriots. The Georgia native gave up five hits and four walks while striking out four in a 5-4 victory. Prior to 2017, Janas four seasons in the Atlanta Braves organization, reaching Triple-A in 2016. Last year, he combined to go 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA and four saves in 44 games (one start) between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett.  

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for both games of today’s doubleheader, 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 both games via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

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

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – 2B
#11 Derrick Robinson – LF
#28 Joel Guzman – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#20 Brandon Thomas – CF

#39 Curtis Partch – RHP

UPDATE (11:19): TOP 1: Marc Krauss picks up his 10th RBI of the season on a run-scoring single to center! Ducks take an early 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (11:33): BOT 1: A wild pitch from Dennis O’Grady scores Derrick Robinson from third. Long Island and York now tied at one.

UPDATE (11:45): TOP 2: Fehlandt Lentini singles to left, Elmer Reyes goes to third, Lentini gets in a rundown off first, and Reyes races home! Ducks lead it 2-1.

UPDATE (11:56): BOT 2: Jared Mitchell ties the game back up with a leadoff solo homer to right field. 2-2 ballgame.

UPDATE (12:29): END 4: Neither side plates a run in the third or fourth inning. O’Grady has struck out five for Long Island!

UPDATE (12:39): TOP 5: Krauss delivers again! His two-out RBI single scores Delta Cleary Jr. to put the Flock back on top 3-2!

UPDATE (1:05): TOP 6: Long Island extends their lead to 5-2! Elmer Reyes is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, & Alex Burg scores on a double play ball.

UPDATE (1:31): TOP 7: Two more runs for the Ducks as Angelo Songco launches his second homer in as many days! Long Island now leads 7-2.

UPDATE (1:57): END 8: Scoreless innings out of the bullpen thus far for Patrick Crider, Jim Fuller & Zac Treece! Ducks take a five-run lead to the ninth.

UPDATE (2:25): FINAL: David Aardsma tosses a scoreless ninth to seal Long Island’s first series win of 2017! Ducks take it, 7-2, over the Revolution!

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – SS
#15 Alex Burg – C

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Revolution
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#13 Jose Constanza – LF
#28 Joel Guzman – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#7   Luis Alen – C
#6   Angel Franco – 2B
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#37 Steve Janas – RHP

UPDATE (6:47): TOP 1: Another good start! Angelo Songco picks up an RBI single, and Nolan Reimold crushes his first Ducks homer! Ducks lead 3-0 early!

UPDATE (7:06): END 2: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for East Meadow native Tyler Levine, who has struck out two thus far!

UPDATE (7:18): TOP 3: Cody Puckett’s two-out RBI infield single brings home Marc Krauss and extends the lead to 4-0!

UPDATE (7:39): TOP 4: Consecutive RBI singles for Cleary Jr., Songco and Krauss have ballooned the lead to 7-0!

UPDATE (7:46): TOP 4: A sac fly to right from Puckett caps off the four-run, five-hit inning as the Ducks bat around! 8-0 Long Island.

UPDATE (7:57): BOT 4: York gets on the scoreboard courtesy of a two-out RBI single by Luis Alen. Long Island’s lead is now 8-1.

UPDATE (8:10): BOT 5: A leadoff solo homer by Bryan Pounds has brought the Revolution to within six at 8-2.

UPDATE (8:49): BOT 7: Tyler Levine works a 1-2-3 seventh to continue his marvelous start! He’s allowed just two runs on four hits with five strikeouts.

UPDATE (9:14): BOT 8: The Revs score three to close the gap to 8-5. Michael Burgess with an RBI double & Luis Alen with a two-run single.

UPDATE (9:27): FINAL: Break out the brooms! Tyler Wilson nails down his first save of the year, & the Ducks complete the four-game sweep with an 8-5 win!

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