Double by Willis Otanez gives Ducks walk-off win
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Home cooking sure does taste good. After suffering through a 2-7 road trip, the Ducks won their second straight game at home, topping the York Revolution, 7-6, last night in walk-off fashion at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.
Willis Otanez's two-run double to the leftfield wall with one out in the ninth inning drove in Bill Hall and Josh Barfield and sent the sellout crowd home happy.
"I was just trying to make contact and try and tie the game," said Otanez, who was signed by the Ducks on Thursday. "I wasn't thinking that it was going to go that far to the wall, but it felt pretty good."
Hall, pinch hitting for Dan Lyons, singled to lead off the ninth and moved to second on Barfield's single to rightfield.
The situation -- leading off the final inning with his team down by one -- was something that Hall said he "lives for."
"[York pitcher] Juan Rincon got me down 0-2 early," Hall said. "He made two good pitches. The third pitch wasn't a bad one, it was a fastball up and over the plate. I was able to put a good swing on it and hit it right where it needed to be to get the rally started."
The Ducks fought back all night. After York took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Ray Navarrete tied it with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Navarrete's second home run of the night gave the Ducks a 5-3 lead in the sixth.
"It was one of those nights where I was lucky enough to put some good swings on the ball," Navarrete said.
York scored a run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.
Daniel Herrera, who got one out in relief, earned the win for the Ducks. Starter Bill Murphy pitched seven innings, giving up four runs and nine hits, and struck out three.