Game 69: Ducks at Revolution

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The Ducks and Revs battle for the series win this afternoon (Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:00 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

It’s a Sunday matinee and the rubber game of a three-game series this afternoon between the Long Island Ducks and York Revolution. The Ducks enter the game at 4-1 in the second half, just one game behind the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division, and 34-34 overall this year. The Revolution are now tied with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for first in the Freedom Division at 3-2 in the second half, and they have a 35-33 overall record. Long Island is now victorious in six of their 10 meetings with York this year and has a 4-2 record at PeoplesBank Park.

LAST GAME RECAP:

After getting blown out on Friday night, the Ducks returned the favor on Saturday evening with a 13-4 triumph over the Revolution.

Long Island took a 1-0 lead into the third inning after Travis Snider drove in a run with a groundout in the first. Then, for the second time this year, the Ducks plated eight runs in the third with right-hander Dominic Severino on the mound. Jordany Valdespin and Taylor Ard had RBI singles in the frame, Lew Ford went the opposite way for a two-run triple, Daniel Fields lined a two-run single to center, and a pair of runs scored on a little league home run for Dan Lyons, who went from home to third on a throwing error and then scored from third on another throwing error.

The Revolution looked to make a comeback against John Brownell, who did not allow a hit over the first three innings. However, Welington Dotel lifted an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth to put the Revs on the board. An RBI double by Jared Mitchell and a run-scoring infield single by Alexi Casilla in the fifth closed the gap to 9-3. Zach Wilson then connected for an RBI double in the sixth to make it a five-run game. York would get no closer though.

The Ducks took advantage of an error in the eighth to plate four unearned runs with two outs against southpaw Luke Westphal. Snider grounded a two-run double down the left field line, and Ford followed with a two-run home run to right-center. The bullpen trio of Wander PerezDennis O’Grady and Colton Murray locked the game down with a perfect final three innings, and they combined for five strikeouts. Murray struck out the side in the ninth to seal the deal.

ON THE MOUND:

The Ducks will have Tyler Badamo toe the rubber in the series finale on Sunday. The right-hander has turned in back-to-back quality starts to begin his Ducks career, combining to yield just five runs in 13 innings of work and posting a 1-1 record. He most recently pitched on July 7th against the Skeeters and tossed six innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four in Long Island’s 7-5 win. Overall with the Ducks, Bees and Skeeters this year, Badamo is 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). Today will be his first start of the season against the Revolution, though he threw five innings of one-run ball against them in 2017 while pitching for Bridgeport.

2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game selection Mitch Atkins will take the mound for the Revolution. The righty pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s All-Star Game for the Freedom Division, yielding just one walk in the second. He brings a 6-3 overall record and a 4.43 ERA over 13 starts into Sunday’s ballgame. Prior to the All-Star appearance, Atkins last pitched for the Revs on July 6th when he tossed a complete game shutout against the Blue Crabs. The former big leaguer gave up just three hits over nine innings and struck out 10 batters, throwing 114 pitches (77 strikes). He comes into the game having won six consecutive starts and posting a 2.25 ERA in that span after going 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA in his first seven starts of the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his two starts against the Ducks.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#9   Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Tyler Badamo – RHP

York Revolution
#2   Jared Mitchell – RF
#4   Alexi Casilla – 2B
#15 Welington Dotel – LF
#29 Melky Mesa – DH
#21 Michael Burgess – 1B
#11 Jose Cuevas – 3B
#17 Ryan Dent – SS
#30 Tyler Clark – C
#1   Travis Witherspoon – CF

#16 Mitch Atkins – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Revolution plate an unearned run in the first on a double, a sac bunt and a throwing error. York leads 1-0.

END 3: Back-to-back scoreless frames for Tyler Badamo, who has struck out four batters thus far!

BOT 6: A two-out error leads to York’s second run of the game, as Michael Burgess connects for an RBI double. 2-0 Revolution.

TOP 7: David Washington slugs a solo home run over the batter’s eye in center field! His 10th longball of the season cuts the deficit to 2-1.

MID 8: Still a 2-1 game in favor of York. Wander Perez takes over after one and one-third scoreless innings from Dennis O’Grady.

FINAL: A leadoff walk goes for naught, as the Ducks drop the series finale to the Revolution 2-1. We’ll see you back on Long Island Tuesday night as we open a homestand against the New Britain Bees!

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