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TWO-OUT RUNS BURN DUCKS IN TEXAS

Skeeters earn second consecutive walk-off win over Flock

(Sugar Land, Texas, June 26, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 7-6 on Friday night in the fourth game of a six-game series at Constellation Field.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Friday night's ballgame

The Skeeters struck for three runs in the opening inning against Ducks starter Billy Buckner. RBI singles by Travis Scott and Johan Limonta, along with a RBI double by Kevin Russo, did the damage. The Ducks answered in the third with three two-out runs off of Skeeters starter Shane Loux. Lew Ford’s RBI double and a two-run home run by Randy Ruiz highlighted the frame.

Sugar Land took the lead back in the fourth on a solo homer to right by Kelly Cross and a two-out RBI double by Scott. It stayed that way until the seventh when Long Island rallied for three more runs to take a 6-5 advantage. Delta Cleary, Jr.’s two-run double and Randy Ruiz’s RBI single accounted for the scoring. However, a throwing error by Blake Davis on Amadeo Zazueta’s fielder’s choice in the bottom of the frame tied the contest at six.

Both sides exchanged zeroes until the bottom of the ninth inning when Zazueta won the game on a two-out RBI double down the right field line.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Buckner lasted four innings, surrendering five runs on 11 hits while striking out six. Loux pitched seven innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits with no walks or strikeouts. Derrick Loop (2-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless ninth despite walking two. Nick Struck (2-2) suffered the loss after yielding the winning run on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Cleary, Jr. led the Flock with three hits, while Ruiz, Ford and Bryan Sabatella each added two.

Long Island and Sugar Land continue their six-game set on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field. Southpaw Andrew Barbosa toes the rubber for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Sean Gallagher. 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: 06/26/2015
Long Island Ducks  6 AT Sugar Land Skeeters  7

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG
B.Sabatella RF      4  2  2  0  .304  D.Almonte CF        5  1  2  0  .202
D.Cleary Jr. LF     4  1  3  2  .313  W.Taveras DH        5  1  1  0  .255
L.Ford CF           5  1  2  1  .343  D.Young RF          4  0  1  0  .244
R.Ruiz DH           4  1  2  3  .345  T.Scott 1B          5  2  3  2  .236
J.Griffin 1B        4  0  0  0  .252  K.Russo SS          4  2  3  1  .261
C.Puckett 3B        3  0  1  0  .283  J.Limonta LF        4  0  2  1  .210
M.Blanke C          3  0  0  0  .313  P.Palmeiro 3B       5  0  2  0  .251
B.Davis 2B          4  0  0  0  .151  A.Zazueta 2B        5  0  1  1  .262
D.Lyons SS          4  1  1  0  .304  K.Cross C           4  1  1  1  .400
                   35  6 11  6                           41  7 16  6

L Island             0 0 3   0 0 0   3 0 0 -  6 11  2
Sugar Land           3 0 0   2 0 0   1 0 1 -  7 16  0
2B--B.Sabatella (15), D.Cleary Jr. (8), L.Ford (20), T.Scott (10), K.Russo
2 (10). HR--R.Ruiz (2), K.Cross (1). RBI--D.Cleary Jr.  2 (15), L.Ford
(49), R.Ruiz  3 (16), T.Scott  2 (17), K.Russo (13), J.Limonta (15),
A.Zazueta (13), K.Cross (1). HP--C.Puckett (3), D.Young (3). SH--M.Blanke
(0), K.Russo (0). SB--D.Almonte 2 (14), W.Taveras 2 (15), A.Zazueta (4).
CS--B.Sabatella (6). E--J.Griffin (4), B.Davis (3). 
LOB--L Island 6, Sugar Land 11. DP--A. Zazueta(2B) - K. Russo(SS) - T.
Scott(1B), B. Davis(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J. Griffin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
B.Buckner                       4.0  11   5   5   0   6   1    5.46
B.Blevins                       2.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
F.DeJiulio Jr.                  0.2   2   1   0   0   0   0    3.32
P.Crider                        1.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    3.24
N.Struck (L,2-2)                0.2   2   1   1   1   1   0    1.86
                              8.2    16   7   6   1  10   1
 Sugar Land
S.Loux                          7.0  11   6   6   0   0   1    3.17
H.Cervenka                      1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
D.Loop (W,2-0)                  1.0   0   0   0   2   1   0    2.08
                                9    11   6   6   2   3   1
PB--K.Cross. HB--B.Blevins (1), S.Loux (2). SO--M.Blanke, B.Davis, D.Lyons,
D.Almonte 3, D.Young 2, T.Scott, P.Palmeiro 3, K.Cross. BB--B.Sabatella,
D.Cleary Jr., J.Limonta. BF--B.Buckner 23 (149), B.Blevins 8 (8),
F.DeJiulio Jr. 4 (85), P.Crider 4 (102), N.Struck 5 (85), S.Loux 32 (298),
H.Cervenka 3 (13), D.Loop 4 (99). P-S--B.Buckner 79-50, B.Blevins 36-21,
F.DeJiulio Jr. 16-11, P.Crider 19-12, N.Struck 15-10, S.Loux 89-65,
H.Cervenka 12-11, D.Loop 22-12. 
T--2:59.  A--6562

Weather: Partly Cloudy, 84 Degrees
Plate Umpire - Ryan Moorhead, Field Umpire #1 - 1B Eric Davis, Field Umpire #2 - 3B Greg Oros