(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 3-2 in 11 innings on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Both sides traded zeroes for the first five innings of the ballgame. Long Island finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth when Lew Ford doubled and Marc Krauss followed with a two-run home run to right field off Skeeters starter Bobby Blevins.
Sugar Land tied the game at two with single runs in the seventh and eighth against Ducks starter Matt Larkins. A solo homer to left-center by Caleb Ramsey and a fielding error which scored Wilfredo Rodriguez did the damage.
It remained even until the bottom of the 11th inning. A single to right-center by Ford and walks to Delta Cleary Jr. and Ruben Gotay loaded the bases with one out. Alex Burg followed with a two-strike single through the left side to score Ford with the winning run.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Larkins pitched eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Blevins tossed six innings, yielding two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Tyler Wilson (2-2) collected the win after pitching a scoreless 11th inning, walking one and striking out one. Mark Haynes (1-4) took the loss, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.
Ford led the Flock with three hits and two runs scored. Dan Lyons added two hits, while Krauss drove in two runs.
The Ducks and Skeeters continue their four-game set on Wednesday 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 Alzheimer’s Awareness Night at the ballpark, presented by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and the first 2,500 fans through the gates will take home Long Island Ducks Baseball T-Shirts. In addition, all fans will be able to receive free educational information about Alzheimer’s disease and programs and services which are available to help individuals living with the disease and their family caregivers. Right-hander Jake Dunning (2-0, 0.87) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Sean Gleason (3-7, 5.15).
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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