(Lancaster, Pa., June 21, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-3 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Barnstormers started the scoring with a two-run home run to right field from KC Hobson in the bottom of the first inning off starter Matt Larkins. The Ducks answered two innings later following Anthony Vega’s first home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to cut the Barnstormers lead to one.
Vladimir Frias matched Hobson in the fourth inning with a two-run homer of his own to make it 4-1 Lancaster. The Barnstormers added a run in the fifth, then Travis Snider crushed a solo blast over the right field wall in the sixth to bring the score to 5-2.
The Barnstormers separated themselves from the Flock in the bottom half of the sixth with a pair of runs off an RBI single from Darian Sandford and a bases-loaded hit by pitch drawn by Hobson. Emilio Bonifacio cut into the lead with a run-scoring base hit in the top of the seventh inning.
Brooks Hall (4-2) earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five. Larkins (5-2) suffered the loss, yielding seven runs on eleven hits and a walk over five and one-third innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Lew Ford paced the Flock with a pair of hits.
The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their four-game set on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. 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 Bennett Parry (3-0, 1.84 ERA) takes the mound for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Joe Gardner (3-3, 4.22 ERA).
Long Island returns home on Monday, June 25 to kick off a four-game series against the York Revolution. 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 Heart Health Night at the ballpark, presented by Northwell Health, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Commemorative Red T-Shirts. In addition, there will be tables set up along the main concourse behind home plate with information from the hospital about ways to maintain a healthy heart and other services offered. 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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