The Long Island Ducks (2-6) began the night with a 1-0 lead, but the combination of errors and untimely hitting led the team to fall by a final of 5-2 to the York Revolution (4-4) in Atlantic League of Professional Baseball action on Friday night.
Prior to the start of the game the team announced the signing of infielder Bill Hall, who is slated to start with the club on Saturday. Hall is a former Major Leaguer and will be returning to the Ducks for his second season.
‘Bill adds a power bat and veteran presence to our lineup,” said Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. “He was an important piece of our championship team in 2013, and we look forward to having him back again this season.”
Hall will be an interesting addition to the club, as he is slated to hit around the fifth and sixth spot in the line-up and can play just about anywhere-which is something that is vital in Atlantic League Play. The infielder takes the spot of Randy Ruiz whose contract was purchased by Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz of the Mexican League.
Getting back to the game action Long Island was able to jump to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when right fielder Adam Bailey smoked an RBI double to right field. With that hit Bailey was able to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Long Island went through a dry spell, as they were unable to score until the bottom of the eighth when Bailey struck for his second hit of the night, an RBI single that cut the Revolution lead to three runs. At the end though the combination of errors and inability to get the hits when needed cost the Ducks the opener.
Bailey’s two hits earned him his 15th two-hit game this year and 20th multi-hit game. The 2014 All-Star has also now hit safely in eight consecutive games and is batting .400 (14-for-35) during the streak. Bailey also had a phenomenal defensive play in the top of the third inning.
There were however some other highlights on the offensive side as left fielder Jon Myers had two hits, while Fehlandt Lentini recorded a single to keep his hitting streak alive as the outfielder has now hit safely 38 of his last 39 games, including 17 straight.
As for Myers, he has now hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. The first-year Duck is batting .296 (16-for-54) in that stretch. Myers now has five multi-hit games this season.
Starting pitcher John Brownell had his fourth consecutive quality start with the no decision on Friday night with six innings of three-run ball. In those four starts, Brownell is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA, having allowed nine runs in 25 innings. The 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP currently leads the league in wins (9), innings pitched (109.1), strikeouts (83), complete games (4) and games started (17).
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Long Island continues their three-game series with York on Saturday night at Bethpage Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., The pitching match-up slated for the game will feature Ducks Right-hander Bobby Blevins taking on Revolution southpaw Logan Williamson.
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