Ducks Silence Skeeters in Series Opener

(Sugar Land, Texas, May 29, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 1-0 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island got all the offense it would need in the top of the fifth inning. Taylor Ard singled, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Robert Garcia’s RBI single to right field.

Ducks starter Matt Larkins (2-1) earned the victory, pitching five shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out two. Skeeters starter Dallas Beeler (1-1) suffered the hard-luck loss, yielding a run on four hits and a walk over six innings with nine strikeouts. Dennis O’Grady, Rob Rogers, Vinnie Pestano and Francisco Rodriguez each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the win, with Rodriguez collecting his fifth save of the year.

Ard led the Flock offensively with a pair of hits in his Ducks debut.

The Ducks and Skeeters continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT from Constellation Field. 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 Left-hander Bennett Parry (2-0, 2.25) takes the mound for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Konner Wade (2-1, 3.60).

Long Island returns home on Friday, June 1 to begin a three-game series with the New Britain Bees. 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Black Duffel Bags, courtesy of Fairfield Properties. It’s also a Bowlero Friday! As fans exit the ballpark following the game, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for a special “buy one game of bowling, get one free” offer, courtesy of Bowlero. In addition, the Red Robin K-Man promotion will be taking place! A Bees player will be designated as the K-Man for the game, and if he strikes out, all fans in a lucky section of the ballpark will win a “buy one entree, get one half off” discount, courtesy of Red Robin. 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

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