(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 11-10 in waddle-off fashion on Friday night in the second game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Jose Cuevas and Jonathan Galvez off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez. Long Island answered with a three-run bottom of the first to leapfrog in front. A wild pitch that scored Quintin Berry, an RBI triple by Marc Krauss and a sacrifice fly from Angelo Songco plated the runs.
The Ducks extended the lead to 8-2 with a five-spot in the fourth. RBI doubles from Ruben Gotay and Delta Cleary Jr., an RBI single by Elmer Reyes and a two-run double by Berry highlighted the inning. The Bluefish closed to within 8-5 in the fifth on a pair of run-scoring groundouts and an RBI double by Tony Abreu.
In the sixth, a five-run inning of their own put the Bluefish on top 10-8. Ozney Guillen’s RBI double, Cuevas’ RBI single and a three-run homer to left by Galvez did the damage. However, Long Island answered back again in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 10 on Songco’s two-run single to right.
It remained even until the bottom of the ninth when Long Island broke through for the win. Following a walk to Alex Burg, a single by Dan Lyons and an intentional walk to Cleary Jr., Jordan Pacheco drove a walk-off single to right that scored the winning run.
Neither started factored into the decision. Alvarez lasted five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout. Lara pitched four and one-third innings, surrendering eight runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six. Rob Rogers (3-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two. Manny Delcarmen (2-2) took the loss, yielding a run on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.
Cleary Jr. and Lyons each had three hits to lead the Flock. Berry, Pacheco and Marc Krauss each added two.
The Ducks and Bluefish continue their four-game set on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Military Appreciation Night at the ballpark, and following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Northrop Grumman. In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at Dick’s Sporting Goods to fans as they exit the ballpark following the fireworks show. Right-hander Matt Larkins (4-6, 4.26) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bluefish righty Reinier Roibal (1-0, 3.56).
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.
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