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THREE-RUN NINTH STUNS SUGAR LAND

Ducks rally for dramatic win over Skeeters

(Sugar Land, Texas, June 24, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 5-4 on Wednesday night in the second game of a six-game series at Constellation Field.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the comeback victory

The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the second on a passed ball that scored Johan Limonta. The Ducks tied the game in the fifth inning on a two-out RBI triple down the left field line by Reegie Corona off of Skeeters starter Roy Merritt.

Sugar Land got the lead back in the sixth on a two-out RBI single to left by Amadeo Zazueta off of Ducks starter Mickey Jannis. Long Island would answer again in though in the seventh, as an error by Patrick Palmeiro off the bat of Prentice Redman scored Mike Blanke, who doubled, to tie the game at two. However, the Skeeters answered with a two-run seventh inning. Travis Scott’s RBI double and a run-scoring wild pitch did the damage.

The Ducks stormed back one more time to take their first lead of the series in the ninth. Corona’s RBI single to right and Randy Ruiz’s two-run single to center, both with two outs, highlighted the inning.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Jannis lasted six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Merritt pitched six innings, giving up one runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Frank DeJiulio, Jr. (1-1) picked up the win after tossing a perfect eighth inning, striking out two. John Lujan (4-3) took the loss, surrendering three unearned runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth. Ryan Kussmaul collected his league-leading 18th save with a scoreless ninth, stranding the tying and winning runs on base.

Corona led the Flock with three hits, while Ruiz added two.

Both finished with two RBI. Long Island and Sugar Land continue their six-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 8:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field. Right-hander John Brownell gets the start for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Matt Wright. It’s the “Ducks Game of the Week,” and fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks will return home on Monday, June 29 to open a four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for season ticket holders). It will be a 20K Match Game Monday at the ballpark! One lucky fan could win $20,000 if the last six digits of their driver's license number match the six digits of a featured VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).Tickets to the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

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Game Date: 06/24/2015
Long Island Ducks  5 AT Sugar Land Skeeters  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG
B.Sabatella RF      4  1  1  0  .300  W.Taveras DH        4  0  1  0  .258
R.Corona 2B         5  1  3  2  .311  K.Russo RF          5  1  1  0  .250
L.Ford CF           4  0  1  0  .341  D.Young 2B          5  1  2  0  .234
R.Ruiz DH           4  0  2  2  .370  T.Scott 1B          4  0  2  1  .225
J.Griffin 1B        4  0  0  0  .258  C.Wallace C         4  0  1  0  .269
C.Puckett 3B        4  0  0  0  .288  J.Limonta LF        2  2  0  0  .209
M.Blanke C          4  1  1  0  .325  P.Palmeiro 3B       5  0  0  0  .244
P.Redman LF         4  1  1  0  .239  D.Almonte CF        4  0  1  0  .186
D.Lyons SS          4  1  0  0  .306  A.Zazueta SS        3  0  1  1  .259
                   37  5  9  4                           36  4  9  2

L Island             0 0 0   0 1 0   1 0 3 -  5  9  1
Sugar Land           0 1 0   0 0 1   2 0 0 -  4  9  3
2B--M.Blanke (3), P.Redman (5), T.Scott (8). 3B--R.Corona (4).
RBI--R.Corona  2 (24), R.Ruiz  2 (13), T.Scott (13), A.Zazueta (12).
HP--W.Taveras (2), J.Limonta (2). SB--W.Taveras 2 (13). CS--L.Ford (1),
D.Almonte (4). E--R.Corona (5), D.Young (5), T.Scott (4), P.Palmeiro (6). 
LOB--L Island 8, Sugar Land 12. DP--D. Young(2B) - P. Palmeiro(3B) - T.
Scott(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
M.Jannis                        6.0   6   2   1   2   7   0    1.31
B.Kern                          1.0   3   2   2   1   1   0    2.93
F.DeJiulio Jr. (W,1-1)          1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    3.44
R.Kussmaul (S,18)               1.0   0   0   0   2   1   0    1.88
                                9     9   4   3   5  11   0
 Sugar Land
R.Merritt                       6.0   6   1   1   0   2   0    1.00
A.Martin                        1.0   1   1   0   0   2   0    4.66
A.Johnston                      1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    3.32
J.Lujan (L,4-3)                 1.0   2   3   0   2   0   0    4.55
                                9     9   5   1   3   5   0
WP--B.Kern (3), J.Lujan (3). PB--M.Blanke, C.Wallace. HB--M.Jannis 2 (4).
SO--B.Sabatella, R.Corona, L.Ford, J.Griffin, M.Blanke, W.Taveras 2,
K.Russo 4, T.Scott, C.Wallace, P.Palmeiro 2, D.Almonte. BB--B.Sabatella,
L.Ford, R.Ruiz, T.Scott, C.Wallace, J.Limonta 2, A.Zazueta. BF--M.Jannis 28
(294), B.Kern 7 (114), F.DeJiulio Jr. 3 (81), R.Kussmaul 5 (118), R.Merritt
24 (98), A.Martin 5 (83), A.Johnston 4 (94), J.Lujan 7 (125). P-S--M.Jannis
114-69, B.Kern 28-15, F.DeJiulio Jr. 16-10, R.Kussmaul 24-12, R.Merritt
86-54, A.Martin 18-14, A.Johnston 13-9, J.Lujan 29-14. 
T--3:12.  A--4427

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