(Central Islip, N.Y., June 6, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-5 on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Barnstormers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Carlos Garcia’s RBI double and Nate Coronado’s two-run single off Ducks starter Jake Fisher. Long Island responded with four runs in the third off Barnstormers starter Brooks Hall to take a 4-3 lead. RBI singles by Jordany Valdespin and Emilio Bonifacio, along with a two-run single by Lew Ford, did the damage.
It stayed that way until Lancaster scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to jump in front 5-4. An RBI single by Vladimir Frias and a run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Joey Terdoslavich accounted for the scoring. However, RBI singles by Travis Snider and pinch-hitter Taylor Ard in the bottom of the seventh gave the Ducks the lead for good at 6-5.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Fisher pitched six and one-third innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four. Hall lasted six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Dennis O’Grady (1-1) earned the win with one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, and Kevin Munson (1-1) took the loss, conceding two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Wander Perez collected his first save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.
Valdespin, Bonifacio, Snider and Ford each had two hits to lead the Ducks offense.
The Ducks hit the road on Thursday to begin a four-game series in Pennsylvania against the York Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park. 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 Andrew Barbosa (1-0, 1.42) gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution righty Mitch Atkins (0-3, 7.09).
Long Island returns home on Tuesday, June 12, to open up a three-game series with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. 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, and fans purchasing tickets to the game 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). It’s also an Unused Ticket Day, and fans may exchange their unused tickets from previous games during the 2018 season for tickets of equal or lesser value to Tuesday’s game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office, subject to availability. 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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