(Lancaster, Pa., June 22, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-4 on Friday night in the second game of a four-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Ducks got on the board right away after a first-inning solo home run by Emilio Bonifacio. The next four batters reached base for the Flock following the home run, bringing in two runs off an RBI single by David Washington and a run-scoring fielder’s choice from Cody Puckett to put the Ducks up 3-0 in the first.
Audie Afenir hit a two-out RBI double in the third inning in his first start since breaking his finger in the beginning of May, making the score 4-0. The Barnstormers scored their first run in the bottom half of the third following a two-out RBI single from Ryan Casteel.
Lancaster plated another run in the fifth inning when Blake Gailen hit a double to drive in Darian Sandford with two outs.
Long Island answered in the seventh after Dan Lyons scored on a double-play ball to push the Ducks lead to 5-2. Gailen tightened the ballgame in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run shot over the right field wall to bring the Barnstormers within one. But that was as close as they would get, as the next seven batters were retired to end the ballgame.
Bennett Parry (4-0) earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11. Joe Garnder (3-4) suffered the loss, yielding five runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings with five strikeouts. Francisco Rodriguez retired the side in the ninth inning to convert his tenth save of the season.
Washington and Bonifacio paced the Flock with a pair of hits each.
The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their four-game set on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 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 Jake Fisher (3-1, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Jonathan Albaladejo (5-2, 4.29 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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