(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-3 in 10 innings on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Ducks struck for the game’s opening run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Alex Burg off Skeeters starter Mitch Talbot. Sugar Land responded with a three-run third inning against Ducks starter Alfredo Simon to take a 3-1 lead. Following a triple by Joe Benson and a walk by Josh Prince, both with two outs, Caleb Ramsey hit a three-run home run to right field.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Angelo Songco walked and Elmer Reyes doubled with one out in the frame, and Giovanny Alfonzo delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle to tie the game at three.
After Amalio Diaz escaped second-and-third, two-out jam in the top of the 10th, the Ducks won it in the bottom of the frame. Lew Ford and Marc Krauss each walked with one out against Trey Haley, and Songco followed with the game-winning single through the right side.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon tossed eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Talbot pitched six innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits while striking out six. Diaz (4-4) got the win after pitched a scoreless 10th inning, yielding a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Haley (2-2) took the loss, surrendering the winning run on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.
Krauss, Songco and Reyes each had two hits to pace the Ducks offensively, with Songco adding an RBI and two runs.
The Ducks hit the road on Friday night to open a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. 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 Tyler Levine (3-0, 4.40) gets the start for the Ducks against Bees southpaw Nick Greenwood (2-4, 4.81).
Long Island returns home on Monday, August 28 to begin a four-game series against the York Revolution. 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 the 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the ballpark, and following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular. Various breast cancer awareness organizations and coalitions from around Long Island will have tables set up on the main concourse behind home plate, and the Ducks will be wearing special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off from the time the gates open through the top of the seventh inning. Fans will be able to place their bids on the jerseys by visiting the auction tables located outside the Waddle In Shop. 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.
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