(Central Islip, N.Y., June 5, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 4-3 in 10 innings on Tuesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Blake Gailen gave the Barnstormers a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out solo home run to right field in the first inning off Ducks starter Bennett Parry. The Ducks rallied back with two runs in the third inning off Lancaster starter Tommy Shirley. Emilio Bonifacio’s RBI double and Lew Ford’s RBI single highlighted the inning.
A sacrifice fly to right by Dan Lyons in the sixth extended the lead to 3-1. However, a two-run sac fly off the bat of Ryan Casteel in the eighth inning tied up the ballgame at three. It stayed that way until the 10th inning when Trayvon Robinson gave Lancaster the lead for good with a two-out RBI single to right.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Parry pitched six innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out five. Shirley lasted six innings as well, yielding three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Stephen Johnson (1-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, and Matt Marsh (0-1) suffered the loss, conceding a run on three hits while striking out three in the 10th inning. Matt Reynolds recorded his ninth save with a scoreless bottom of the 10th.
Ramon Cabrera and Jordany Valdespin each had three hits to lead the Flock.
The Ducks and Barnstormers wrap up their three-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 a Waddle In Wednesday at the ballpark! During the game, a special item in the Waddle In Shop will be available at an exclusive discount! The selected item for Wednesday will be announced on LIDucks.com the morning of the game and inside the ballpark throughout the game as well. Left-hander Jake Fisher (2-1, 3.16) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Brooks Hall (2-2, 4.26).
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 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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