(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-2 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark. In the game, John Brownell reached 1,000 innings pitched in his Atlantic League career, becoming just the second pitcher in league history to achieve the milestone (Tim Cain, 1,150.2).
Lancaster opened the scoring in the first inning on Ryan Casteel’s two-out RBI single to center field off Ducks starter John Brownell. Lew Ford tied the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single to right off Barnstormers starter Brooks Hall.
A three-run top of the third put the Barnstormers back in front at 4-1. A bases loaded walk to Josh Bell and sacrifice flies off the bats of K.C. Hobson and Vladimir Frias did the damage. Trayvon Robinson’s sac fly to center in the fourth and a two-out RBI single by Rico Noel in the seventh extended Lancaster’s lead to five.
Long Island closed to within 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Miles Williams. The Ducks led off the ninth with back-to-back singles but could not pull even.
Hall (10-3) earned the win, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits while striking out eight batters. Brownell (9-11) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and five walks over seven innings with two strikeouts.
Ford and Jordany Valdespin led the Flock offensively with two hits apiece.
The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their three-game set on Wednesday night with a single admission doubleheader. Game time for the opener is slated for 6:00 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). First pitch for game two of the doubleheader is scheduled to be approximately 25 minutes after the completion of game one, and both games are slated for seven innings. It’s “Bark in the Park” II: Return of the Dogs at the ballpark! Special “Pooch Passes” are now available for purchase for those wishing to bring their dog to the twin bill. Each pass includes a game ticket in designated box seating sections as well as admission for one dog and can be obtained by going online to www.liducksgroups.com and typing in the password “pooch” when prompted.
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, CLICKING HEREor downloading the Ducks mobile app. 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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