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York hitters feast on Ducks, 13-1

Eric Niesen of the Ducks throws a pitch.

Eric Niesen of the Ducks throws a pitch. (June 3, 2012) Credit: Long Island Ducks

The Ducks just had one of those days at the ballpark worth forgetting.

And with starters Kraig Binick and Brandon Sing getting the day off and reliever Eric Niesen making a spot start, the opposing York (Pa.) Revolution had a field day.

The defending Atlantic League champion Revolution had 15 hits en route to a 13-1 victory in the finale of a four-game series Sunday at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks (22-15) dropped three of four to York but remain three games ahead of Southern Maryland atop the Liberty Division standings.

"The bottom line is, we have to get things going," manager Kevin Baez said. "You're not going to play the entire season without any kind of letup, so hopefully this is it, and we can move forward."

In his first start of the season after 15 relief appearances, Niesen allowed six runs and seven hits in 21/3 innings. He made the start in place of the injured Joe Esposito, who is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee Monday.

"It had been a little while since I started a game, but at the same time, I got through the first two innings and felt pretty good," Niesen said. "I just went back out there for the third and left the ball up a little bit."

York (17-19) scored five runs in the third off Niesen, highlighted by Ramon Castro (3-for-4) and Chris Nowak's (1-for-5) back-to-back two-RBI doubles.

"I just didn't have a feel for my breaking ball today," Niesen said. "They were jumping on first-pitch fastballs, and they saw something they liked and went after it."

Josh Lansford came on in the sixth inning and began his outing by allowing a home run to former big-leaguer Bobby Kielty. Lansford allowed four runs in the inning as York made it 11-0. Then the rain began, driving home many of the remaining 5,488 fans.

Meanwhile, Revolution starter Corey Thurman had things under control, going the distance and allowing eight hits and striking out three.

"He's been in this league for a while, knows how to pitch and that's exactly what he did," Baez said.

Shawn Williams (3-for-4) provided the day's lone highlight for the Ducks, a two-out RBI single in the ninth. At last, a moment worth remembering.

Notes & quotes: Ray Navarrete's sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to a team-high 22 games.

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