Long Island Falls In Heartbreaker At Bridgeport

(Bridgeport, Conn., July 28, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks fell to the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-7 Friday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in the opener of a three-game series.

The Ducks (9-11; 45-45) took the lead in the top of the third inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on five hits against Bluefish starter Ross Seaton. The frame was highlighted by a two-run single from Delta Cleary Jr. and RBI doubles from Jordan Pacheco and Angelo Songco.

Bridgeport (12-9; 53-38) answered back against Long Island starter Tyler Levine with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, led by a two-run home run from Daniel Fields. The Bluefish took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth while chasing Levine with one out and sending nine batters to the dish. Levine allowed six runs on six hits in 4.1 innings, walking four and striking out three and getting no decision.

In the top of the ninth, Elmer Reyes led off by lacing a ground rule double off Elvin Ramirez and was pinch run for by Dan Lyons. Ruben Gotay grounded out to advance Lyons to third, and an opposite-field single by Giovanny Alfonzo plated Lyons to tie the game at seven.

Two Long Island errors and an intentional walk in the bottom of the ninth loaded the bases with one out for Jose Gil, who lifted a sacrifice fly off David Aardsma to score D’Arby Myers with the winning run. Ramirez got the win to improve to 3-1, while Aardsma got the loss, dropping to 1-2 on the season. The Ducks continue their three-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:12 p.m. from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Fans 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. Right-hander John Brownell (7-2, 3.26) gets the start for the Ducks against Bluefish righty Mike Aquilino (0-0, 3.48).

Long Island returns home on Thursday, August 3 to begin a four-game series against the Bluefish. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at a special time of 4:45 for a charity softball game between the Oyster Bay Police Department and QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community). It’s a Thirsty Thursday, and the Duck Club restaurant and bar, normally reserved for VIP/season ticket holders, will be open for all fans to enjoy. There will be both food and drink specials available, including half price domestics. 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.

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 37 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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