ALCS Game 2: Ducks vs. Revolution
LHP Jake Fisher will look to lead the Long Island Ducks to victory in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series tonight.
6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
After a tough loss last night in Game 1, the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution continue the 2017 Atlantic League Championship Series tonight. The Ducks are in the ALCS for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, are seeking to capture their fourth league title overall. The Ducks and Revolution are meeting in the championship series for the second time overall and the first time since 2011.
The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 8-7 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. York now leads the best-of-five series one game to none.
The Revolution jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with a run in the first inning and three in the third against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Jared Mitchell’s RBI single to right and Michael Burgess’ three-run homer to left did the damage.
Long Island responded with four runs in the fifth against Revs starter Jay Gause and reliever Joe Van Meter to tie the game at four. Dan Lyons’ two-run double to left-center and Lew Ford’s two-run single to left highlighted the inning.
The Ducks took a 5-4 lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI single to center by Delta Cleary Jr. However, York went in front with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh, courtesy of Isaias Tejeda’s bases loaded walk and Travis Witherspoon’s RBI single. Long Island pulled even at six in the bottom of the frame on Ford’s two-out RBI infield single to short.
York took the lead for good in the eighth on RBI singles from Alonzo Harris and Rubi Silva. Giovanny Alfonzo closed the gap to 8-7 in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right, but the Ducks were unable to even the score back up.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Larkins pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Gause lasted four and one-third innings, yielding three runs on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Grant Sides (2-0) collected the win despite allowing a run on two walks in two-thirds of an inning. James Jones (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk. Chase Huchingson collected his second save of the playoffs with one and two-thirds scoreless innings.
Ford led the Flock with three hits and three RBI. Cleary Jr. added two hits an RBI and two runs, while Lyons drove in and scored two runs apiece.
ON THE MOUND:
Newcomer Jake Fisher takes the ball for the Ducks in Game Two, coming off of a magnificent performance in the Liberty Division Championship Series. Fisher threw a complete game at TD Bank Ballpark against the Patriots, allowing one run on six hits, striking out nine and walking two. In two regular season starts with Long Island, the southpaw recorded no record and a 2.76 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP). Previous to his short stint with the Ducks, Fisher spent four seasons with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League.
The Revolution counter with left-hander Frank Gailey in the second game of the series. Gailey went 14-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 starts during the 2017 regular season, striking out 112 and walking 58 in 153.0 innings. In his lone playoff start at Southern Maryland in Game 3 of the Freedom Division Championship Series, the Philadelphia native allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings, getting the loss. Gailey was 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA against the Ducks in four starts during the regular season.
Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks playoff 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:
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Long Island Ducks
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#25 Jake Fisher – LHP
#2 Alonzo Harris – LF
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#6 Rubi Silva – 2B
#23 Telvin Nash – 1B
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#1 Travis Witherspoon – CF
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#27 Chase Simpson – 3B
#29 Frank Gailey – LHP
LIVE GAME UPDATES:
TOP 1 | Alonzo Harris leads the game off with a solo home run as the Revolution take a 1-0 lead.
BOT 1 | The Ducks pull even at 1-1 as Elmer Reyes races home on a York miscue.
BOT 4 | Alex Burg hits a solo home run to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead
TOP 6 | The Revs tie the game at 2-2 on a sac fly by Alonzo Harris.
TOP 7 | York takes a 3-2 lead on a Travis Witherspoon RBI single.
BOT 7 | Giovanny Alfonzo ties the game with an infield single and we’re now knotted up at 3-3 with the Revolution!
TOP 8 | The Revs strike for two runs and take a 5-3 lead over the Ducks. #RallyTime
BOT 8 | The Ducks get a run back on an Alex Burg groundout to narrow the gap to 5-4.
FINAL | Revolution 5, Ducks 4
W: Sides (3-0)
L: Fisher (1-1)
SV: Hutchingson (3)
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