Central Islip, N.Y., July 8, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 5-3 on Sunday evening in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Neither side dented home plate until the bottom of the fifth inning. Cody Puckett’s leadoff solo home run to left field and Jordany Valdespin’s two-out RBI single to right off Skeeters starter Ben Griset put the Ducks on top 2-0.
It remained that way until the bottom of the eighth when Puckett’s two-out, three-run double to left-center increased Long Island’s lead to five. Sugar Land rallied for three runs in the ninth on Javier Betancourt’s RBI double, a sacrifice fly from Alvaro Rondon and a wild pitch that scored Betancourt. However, Francisco Rodriguez induced a flyout from Derek Norris and struck out Matt Chavez to end the ballgame.
Ducks starter Bennett Parry (6-1) was magnificent to earn the win, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and four walks while striking out 10 batters. Griset (2-3) took the hard-luck loss, yielding two runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings with three strikeouts.
Puckett’s two-hit, four-RBI performance led the Flock in the series finale. Lew Ford and Audie Afenir chipped in with two hits as well.
The Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, will take place on Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the ballpark gates opening at 5:00 for all fans. The All-Star Game will be preceded by the Digmi Home Run Derby, showcasing many of the league’s top power hitters. Fans will also enjoy in-game entertainment from the highly-acclaimed Bucket Ruckus and Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act. Following the game, all of those in attendance will be treated to the biggest Fireworks Spectacular of the season. Tickets for the All-Star Game are available now, and fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, CLICKING HERE or downloading the Ducks mobile app.
The Ducks return to action on Friday night when the visit the York Revolution for the opener of a three-game series. Game time is slated 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.
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.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.
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