(Central Islip, N.Y., June 10, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 3-1 before a past-capacity crowd of 7,186 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Andrew Lambo gave the Bluefish a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a leadoff solo home run to left-center field off of Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Lew Ford answered in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff solo homer of his own to left-center off of Bluefish starter Jonathan Albaladejo, tying the game at one.
Long Island took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff solo homer to left by Dan Lyons and an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Angelo Songco put the Ducks on top 3-1. Bridgeport loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Patrick Crider came on to strike out Lambo and end the threat.
Larkins (1-5) earned the win, tossing six and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three. Albaladejo (3-5) took the loss, yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over eight innings. Chin-Hui Tsao collected his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth, striking out two.
Lyons and Fehlandt Lentini each had two hits to pace the Flock offensively.
The Ducks and Bluefish wrap up their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Logo Baseballs, courtesy of AARP NY. It’s also a Sunday Family Funday at the ballpark! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks from 12:50 to 1:05. After the game, kids and kids at heart can take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Right-hander Dennis O’Grady (2-2, 3.15) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bluefish southpaw Chris Rearick (4-1, 3.37).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. 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 LIDucks.com.
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 www.liducks.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
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