Revolution Use Longball to Claim Series Opener

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 7-3 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Taylor Ard’s sacrifice fly to center field off Revolution starter Mitch Atkins. A solo homer in the second inning by Telvin Nash off Ducks starter John Brownell tied the game at one, but the Ducks regained the lead in the bottom of the frame on Dan Lyons’ sac fly to center.

York took the lead for the first time with three runs in the fourth inning to go ahead 4-2. A two-run home run to left-center by Melky Mesa and an RBI single by Luis Cruz did the damage. Long Island closed to within one on Jordany Valdespin’s solo homer to right in the fifth.

However, the Revolution got the run back in the sixth on an RBI single by Jared Mitchell. Cruz’s two-run homer to left in the top of the ninth rounded out the scoring at 7-3.

Atkins (9-4) earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Brownell (8-9) took the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks over eight innings with four strikeouts. With his eight innings of work, he moved into second place on the Atlantic League’s all-time innings pitched list with 986.1, surpassing former Revolution pitcher Corey Thurman (980.1).

Valdespin and Cody Puckett each had two hits to lead the Flock.

The Ducks and Revolution continue their four-game set on Friday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Reusable Shopping Bags, courtesy of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. It’s also a Bowlero Friday, and as fans exit the ballpark following the game, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for a special “buy one game of bowling, get one free” offer, courtesy of Bowlero. Left-hander Jake Fisher (6-5, 3.89) takes the mound for the Ducks against Revolution southpaw Robert Carson (7-5, 3.18).

Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, CLICKING HEREor downloading the Ducks mobile app. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit

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