Game 95: 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 (11-13; 47-47) play the rubber game of a three-game series in Pennsylvania against the York Revolution. The Ducks sit in third place in the Liberty Division standings, trailing Bridgeport by two and a half games for first entering play on Wednesday. The Revolution remain in second place in the Freedom Division standings, two games behind rival Lancaster. Long Island leads the 2017 season series against York 8-4 and has taken five of six meetings thus far at PeoplesBank Park.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Revolution used an 11-run, 17-hit attack while also stalling the Ducks’ offense, as they came away with an 11-2 victory to even the series on Tuesday night.

Starting pitchers Rafael Perez and Frank Gailey locked up in a pitcher’s duel for the first half of the game, but York would then use a pair of five-run innings to prevent the Flock from guaranteeing the series win. In the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Dent and Travis Witherspoon collected back-to-back one-out singles. Alonzo Harris followed with a three-run home run over the wall in left field to put the Revs in front 3-0. Following an error by Giovanny Alfonzo, Isaias Tejeda went the opposite way for a two-run homer to right off Perez (6-7) that increased the lead to five.

Long Island got to within three in the sixth when Alfonzo doubled and Dan Lyons followed with a two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis in left. Jordan Pacheco and Marc Krauss drew back-to-back two-out walks against Gailey (9-7) to bring the tying run up to the plate. However, Mark Mason called upon lefty Chase Huchingson to face Angelo Songco, who popped out to third in foul territory to end the inning.

The Revolution would put the game away in the seventh inning, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five more runs. After Zac Treece allowed hits to two of the inning’s first three batters, Patrick Crider came on to pitch. RBI singles by Michael Burgess, Luis Cruz and Carlos Triunfel, along with a run-scoring double from Dent, ballooned York’s advantage to 10-2. A run-scoring fielder’s choice off Alex Burg, who moved from catcher to pitcher in the eighth, rounded out the scoring.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Alfredo Simon for the series finale. The right-hander comes in with a 1-2 record and a 5.22 ERA in eight games (five starts), having struck out 25 batters while walking 10 in 31 innings. After making five starts to begin his Ducks tenure, the former NL All-Star has pitched in relief during his past three outings. Most recently, he tossed four scoreless innings in relief of John Brownell on Saturday to collect a save in Long Island’s 11 victory. The Dominican Republic native gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter while striking out three, throwing 38 of his 48 pitches for strikes. Simon has given up just one earned run in 10 innings out of the bullpen and has thrown seven consecutive scoreless innings. Tonight will be his first-ever appearance against the Revolution.

Steve Janas will toe the rubber for York in search of the series victory. The righty has a 2-5 record with a 4.72 ERA in 18 starts this year, yielding 107 hits and 42 walks in 99 innings while striking out just 40. He earned the win in his most recent outing, pitching five innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 victory over the Bees in New Britain last Friday. He gave up five hits and three walks in the outing but did not strike out a batter. Janas has allowed three runs or less in each of his past three outings. The Georgia native will be making his third start of the season against the Ducks and has an 0-2 record with a 6.06 ERA thus far. He gave up eight runs on 11 hits over three and one-third innings in York on May 3 (game two). However, he combined to give up just four runs (three earned) over 13 innings in his two starts on Long Island May 9 and 16.

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
#47 Quintin Berry – LF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#34 Marc Krauss – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Revolution
#2   Alonzo Harris – CF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#13 Dayron Varona – LF
#34 Carlos Triunfel – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS

#37 Steve Janas – RHP

UPDATE (6:44): TOP 1: Marc Krauss delivers a two-out RBI single to extend his on-base streak to 18 straight games and give the Ducks a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:07): BOT 2: 1-2-3 second inning for Alfredo Simon, who has now struck out four over the first two innings! #BigPasta

UPDATE (7:17): TOP 3: An RBI groundout from Jordan Pacheco puts the Ducks on top 2-0!

UPDATE (7:54): BOT 4: York closes to within 2-1 on Telvin Nash’s RBI single, but Simon gets Jared Mitchell to hit into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.

UPDATE (8:16): TOP 5: An RBI single to center field by Ruben Gotay extends Long Island’s lead to 3-1!

UPDATE (8:37): BOT 5: Alonzo Harris’ second three-run homer in as many nights has given the Revolution a 4-3 lead.

UPDATE (9:04): BOT 6: Jake Dunning works around a pair of walks, striking out Carlos Triunfel and Ryan Dent to strand two on base!

UPDATE (9:43): END 8: Two and a third scoreless innings from Jake Dunning. One and a third scoreless innings for John Lannan. Nice work from the bullpen!

UPDATE (9:50): FINAL: Ducks drop the road trip finale 4-3 to the Revolution. Our seven-game homestand begins tomorrow night at 6:35!

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