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Dan Lyons' three-run double evens series at 1 for Ducks

Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons hits a single in

Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons hits a single in the bottom of the second of a game against the York Revolution. (Aug. 12, 2012) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

LANCASTER, Pa. -- With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied, Dan Lyons wasn't trying to be a hero. He just wanted to put the ball in play.

"I wasn't really thinking much beyond that," the shortstop said after the Ducks' 9-4, come-from-behind victory over Lancaster in Game 2 of the Atlantic League Championship Series.

Lyons put the ball in play, barely. His line-drive double crossed a few feet to the right of the third-base bag and cleared the bases to give the Ducks a 7-4 lead.

"As soon as I saw it got past the third baseman my head was down," Lyons said.

The Ducks added two runs before Leo Rosales closed out Lancaster in the bottom of the ninth.

The Ducks entered the ninth trailing 4-3 against Lancaster closer Tim Hamulack, who led the Atlantic League with 33 saves, and had converted 26 in a row.

Joash Brodin and Ray Navarrete led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Brandon Sing singled home Brodin to tie it with no outs.

After a sacrifice bunt by Bryant Nelson put runners on second and third, Lancaster intentionally walked Lee Cruz. Matt Esquivel's bid for a home run just missed when it went a few feet foul. He then struck out, setting the stage for Lyons, who followed with the winning double.

"Personally it's great," Lyons said. "But from a team standpoint, we really needed that. It would be tough to win three in a row against these guys. We really wanted to go home with a split."

Game 3 is Friday night at 7:05 at Bethpage Ballpark. Bob Zimmermann (6-10, 4.43 ERA) pitches for the Ducks against former major leaguer J.D. Durbin (14-9, 4.47).

Lefthander Matt Way, who had allowed one run in 221/3 innings since joining the Ducks in September, struggled for the first time all season, allowing four runs and seven hits in 62/3 innings.

Jared Lansford earned the victory, striking out two in two scoreless innings of relief.


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