(Central Islip, N.Y., May 17, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks swept a single admission doubleheader from the Road Warriors on Thursday night at Bethpage Ballpark, rallying for a 4-1 win in game one and earning a 9-1 victory in game two.
Both teams exchanged zeroes in game one until the top of the fourth inning when a two-out RBI single up the middle by Antonio Jimenez gave the Road Warriors a 1-0 lead. Long Island responded in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to take the lead. A three-run home run to left field by Dan Lyons and a two-out RBI double to left by David Washington did the damage.
Ducks starter Matt Larkins (1-0) earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits and no walks while striking out six. Road Warriors starter Giovanni Soto (0-1) suffered the loss despite taking a perfect game into the sixth, yielding four runs on three hits and a walk over five and two-thirds innings with seven strikeouts. Francisco Rodriguez collected his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
Osvaldo Martinez gave the Road Warriors an early lead in game two with a leadoff solo homer to left. The Ducks answered with four runs in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Travis Snider and Wilkin Castillo along with a two-run single from Lyons.
Long Island increased their lead to 9-1 with a five-run fourth inning. A mammoth solo homer to left by Robert Garcia, a two-run single to center by Washington, an RBI single to right by Castillo and a sac fly to right off the bat of Lyons highlighted the scoring.
Ducks starter Bennett Parry (2-0) picked up the win, pitching all seven innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 11 batters. Road Warriors starter Brandon Bargas (0-1) took the loss, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks over three and one-third innings.
The Ducks hit the road on Friday for a three-game weekend series against the Somerset Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark. 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. Left-hander Jake Fisher (2-0, 3.50) gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots righty Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00).
Long Island returns home on Tuesday, May 22 to begin a three-game set against the Road Warriors. 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 a Two-Fer Tuesday! Fans purchasing tickets to the game online at LIDucks.com or via the Ducks mobile app can receive a special buy one, get one free offer by entering the promo code “BOGO” at checkout (max. four total tickets per transaction). Tickets to the game, and all 2018 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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