Ford’s Blast Caps 15-Inning Waddle-Off Win

(Central Islip, N.Y., June 3, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 4-2 in 15 innings on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Taylor Ard’s solo home run over the left field wall. The Bees pulled even in the top of the seventh on Ozney Guillen’s two-out RBI single to right-center.

It remained 1-1 until the top of the 14th inning when Guillen doubled to right field, advanced to third on an error and scored on another error to give New Britain the lead. However, with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the inning, David Washington doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Daniel Fields’ RBI single to right.

Long Island rallied again with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the 15th to win it. Cody Puckett singled to left, and Lew Ford followed with a two-run homer over the left field wall to end the 4-hour, 26-minute game.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starter Jair Jurrjens pitched six innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out five. Bees starter Andy Van Hekken also threw six innings, yielding a run on five hits with six strikeouts. John Brownell (3-4) earned the win with six innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and five walks while striking out three. Josh Outman (0-1) took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in one inning of relief.

Ford, Emilio Bonifacio and Ramon Cabrera each had two hits to pace the Flock.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Monday night when they open up a three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. 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 Military Monday, and as a thank you to the men and women of the armed forces who risk their lives to keep us safe, active military members (with valid military ID) will receive a special $7 ticket offer when purchasing tickets to the game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office (subject to availability). Right-hander Matt Larkins (2-1, 2.33) gets the start for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Steve Johnson (3-1, 3.11).

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. 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

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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