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SKEETERS SNEAK PAST DUCKS ON SATURDAY

Long Island falls by one run for fourth time in series

(Sugar Land, Texas, June 27, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-3 on Saturday night in the fifth game of a six-game series at Constellation Field.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Saturday night's battle

Sugar Land took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run to left field by Willy Taveras off of Ducks starter Andrew Barbosa. Long Island responded with two runs in the top of the second on Dan Lyons’ RBI single and bases loaded walk to Bryan Sabatella by Skeeters starter Sean Gallagher.

The Skeeters jumped back in front by two with a run in the third and a run in the fourth. A solo homer by Taveras and a RBI single by Patrick Palmeiro did the damage. The Ducks closed to within a run in the sixth on a RBI triple to left-center by Dan Lyons. However, they were unable to plate the tying run.

Gallagher did not factor into the decision, lasting just three innings and giving up two runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout. Cory VanAllen (4-1) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out one. Andrew Barbosa (4-1) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on seven hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings. John Lujan collected his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Lyons led the Flock with three hits and two RBI, while Lew Ford and Blake Davis each added two hits.

Long Island and Sugar Land wrap up their six-game set on Sunday evening. Game time is slated for 6:05 p.m. EDT at Constellation Field. Right-hander Ian Marshall gets the start for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Josh Geer. Fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will 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: 06/27/2015
Long Island Ducks  3 AT Sugar Land Skeeters  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG
B.Sabatella RF      3  0  1  1  .304  D.Almonte CF        4  1  1  0  .203
D.Cleary Jr. CF     3  0  1  0  .313  W.Taveras DH        3  2  2  3  .262
L.Ford DH           5  0  2  0  .345  D.Young RF          4  0  1  0  .244
R.Ruiz 1B           5  0  1  0  .333  T.Scott 1B          4  0  0  0  .231
J.Morales C         3  1  1  0  .254  C.Wallace C         4  0  0  0  .263
R.Corona 2B         3  1  1  0  .314  K.Russo SS          2  1  1  0  .264
P.Redman LF         4  0  0  0  .233  J.Limonta LF        4  0  0  0  .205
B.Davis 3B          4  1  2  0  .169  P.Palmeiro 3B       4  0  2  1  .256
D.Lyons SS          4  0  3  2  .314  A.Zazueta 2B        3  0  1  0  .263
                   34  3 12  3                           32  4  8  4

L Island             0 2 0   0 0 1   0 0 0 -  3 12  1
Sugar Land           2 0 1   1 0 0   0 0 x -  4  8  0
2B--L.Ford (21), D.Young (10). 3B--D.Lyons (3). HR--W.Taveras 2 (4).
RBI--B.Sabatella (27), D.Lyons  2 (33), W.Taveras  3 (13), P.Palmeiro (27).
SH--D.Cleary Jr. (0). E--A.Diaz (1). 
LOB--L Island 10, Sugar Land 7. DP--A. Zazueta(2B) - K. Russo(SS) - T.
Scott(1B), C. Wallace(C) - J. Limonta(LF) - P. Palmeiro(3B) - A.
Zazueta(2B), A. Zazueta(2B) - K. Russo(SS) - T. Scott(1B), R. Corona(2B) -
D. Lyons(SS) - R. Ruiz(1B), D. Young(RF) - T. Scott(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
A.Barbosa (L,4-1)               6.0   7   4   4   3   9   2    2.40
B.Kern                          1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.73
A.Diaz                          1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    1.20
                                8     8   4   4   3  11   2
 Sugar Land
S.Gallagher                     3.0   5   2   2   2   1   0    3.58
C.VanAllen (W,4-1)              2.0   3   0   0   1   1   0    1.29
D.Blacksher                     1.0   1   1   1   1   0   0    1.88
R.Delgado                       1.0   2   0   0   1   0   0    1.45
A.Martin                        1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    4.43
J.Lujan (S,7)                   1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    4.40
                                9    12   3   3   5   3   0
WP--A.Barbosa (3), D.Blacksher (2). SO--L.Ford, R.Corona, P.Redman,
D.Almonte 3, W.Taveras, D.Young, C.Wallace 3, K.Russo, P.Palmeiro,
A.Zazueta. BB--B.Sabatella 2, D.Cleary Jr., J.Morales, R.Corona, W.Taveras,
K.Russo 2. BF--A.Barbosa 28 (183), B.Kern 3 (121), A.Diaz 4 (112),
S.Gallagher 15 (295), C.VanAllen 8 (88), D.Blacksher 5 (155), R.Delgado 5
(82), A.Martin 3 (86), J.Lujan 4 (129). P-S--A.Barbosa 99-65, B.Kern 12-7,
A.Diaz 9-8, S.Gallagher 74-41, C.VanAllen 28-15, D.Blacksher 14-9,
R.Delgado 17-8, A.Martin 9-7, J.Lujan 16-10. 
T--2:56.  A--6406
Long Island First Base Coach Ejected in Top of Seventh

Weather: Cloudy, 87 Degrees
Plate Umpire - Eric Davis, Field Umpire #1 - 1B Greg Oros, Field Umpire #2 - 3B Ryan Morehead