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DUCKS KEEP COOKIN' AT HOME

Win streak extended to 16 consecutive games at Duck Pond

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 1, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-4 on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the offensive showcase


POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Reegie Corona and Bryan Sabatella talk about the win

The Ducks opened up a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Barnstormers starter Nate Reed. Reegie Corona’s RBI ground rule double to left-center field and Lew Ford’s two-run single to center highlighted the frame. The Barnstormers pulled even in the fourth with three runs off of Ducks starter Billy Buckner. RBI singles from Brandon Jones and Anderson Feliz, along with a run-scoring double play ball, did the damage.

However, Long Island got all three runs back in the bottom of the inning. Jon Griffin’s two-run single to center and Cody Puckett’s RBI single to right accounted for the scoring. Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit a solo homer in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4, but the Ducks again got the run back thanks to a bases loaded walk to Corona in the seventh.

Buckner (5-1) picked up the victory, tossing five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. Reed (1-5) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs on 10 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings. Ryan Kussmaul earned his 20th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Corona and Bryan Sabatella each had three hits to lead the Flock. Corona tallied two RBI and two runs, while Sabatella scored twice.

The Ducks and Barnstormers wrap up their four-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for season ticket holders). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by The Rinx at Hidden Pond Park. It’s also a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark! The Duck Club Restaurant/Bar, normally reserved for VIP/Season Ticket Holders only, will be open to all fans. The bar will feature drink specials, including half price domestics, while the restaurant will include special menu selections. Southpaw Andrew Barbosa takes the mound for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Shunsuke Watanabe.

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. Those unable to make the game can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE.

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Duck Tales: The Ducks broke the franchise record for most wins in any half of a season with their 43rd on Wednesday. The previous high was 42, done in the second half of the 2000 season. In addition, they now have two more wins in the season’s first half than in any other first half in team history…Long Island earned their franchise record 16th consecutive victory at Bethpage Ballpark. They have yet to lose a game at home since June 1. The Ducks boast a 25-6 record at home this season, which is the best in the Atlantic League (.806 winning percentage)…Lew Ford extended his on-base streak to 24 consecutive games with two hits. During the streak, the outfielder/bench coach is batting .419 (39-for-93) with nine doubles, one homer, 16 RBI and 19 runs. The former big leaguer leads the Atlantic League with 52 runs batted in and 87 hits on the season while ranking second with 38 runs scored…Amalio Diaz continued his dominance out of the bullpen with another scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday. The righty has now made 15 straight appearances without allowing a run. In addition, he has given up just one run in his last 25 outings (0.36 ERA). In that span, Diaz has combined to pitch 25 innings, yielding just 13 hits and one walk while striking out 30…Reegie Corona and Bryan Sabatella each earned their fifth three-hit game of the season. That is just one shy of the team lead, which is held by Cody Puckett and Delta Cleary, Jr. Both Sabatella and Corona have now collected 24 multi-hit games this year, which ranks second on the Flock behind Ford, who has 29…Sabatella and Lyons both picked up a stolen base in the game. Sabatella has now swiped 17 bases in 2015, which is the most in the Atlantic League. Lyons earned his 10th steal of the year in 11 attempts.

 

Game Date: 07/01/2015
Lancaster Barnstormers  4 AT Long Island Ducks  7

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Lancaster          AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
J.Owens CF          4  0  2  0  .345  B.Sabatella RF      5  2  3  0  .302
Y.Kajimoto 2B       3  0  0  0  .209  R.Corona 2B         4  2  3  2  .320
 J.Luce PH          1  0  0  0  .185  L.Ford CF           5  1  2  2  .351
M.McDade 1B         4  0  0  0  .316  R.Ruiz DH           4  0  1  0  .324
B.Cavazos-Galve RF  4  2  1  1  .240  J.Griffin 1B        4  0  1  2  .245
W.Batista DH        3  1  1  0  .152  C.Puckett 3B        5  0  2  1  .276
L.Hughes 3B         1  1  0  0  .267  P.Redman LF         5  2  2  0  .234
 B.Nelson 3B        2  0  0  0  .277  M.Blanke C          5  0  0  0  .308
B.Jones LF          4  0  2  1  .243  D.Lyons SS          3  0  2  0  .317
J.Apodaca C         4  0  1  0  .239       
A.Feliz SS          4  0  2  1  .209       
                   34  4  9  3                           40  7 16  7

Lancaster            0 0 0   3 1 0   0 0 0 -  4  9  0
L Island             0 3 0   3 0 0   1 0 x -  7 16  0
2B--J.Apodaca (6), R.Corona 2 (11), P.Redman (7). HR--B.Cavazos-Galvez (8).
RBI--B.Cavazos-Galvez (37), B.Jones (23), A.Feliz (11), R.Corona  2 (26),
L.Ford  2 (52), J.Griffin  2 (45), C.Puckett (23). HP--M.McDade (1),
L.Hughes (3), D.Lyons (6). SB--A.Feliz (3), B.Sabatella (17), D.Lyons (10).

LOB--Lancaster 9, L Island 13. DP--B. Buckner(P) - D. Lyons(SS) - J.
Griffin(1B), R. Corona(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J. Griffin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Lancaster
N.Reed (L,1-5)                  3.2  10   6   6   2   7   0    3.68
K.Simon                         1.1   3   0   0   0   1   0    1.35
S.Gracey                        1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.28
F.De Los Santos                 0.1   2   1   1   1   0   0   27.03
S.Patterson                     0.2   0   0   0   0   1   0    3.68
C.Beck                          1.0   1   0   0   0   3   0    3.00
                                8    16   7   7   3  12   0
 L Island
B.Buckner (W,5-1)               5.0   6   4   4   4   3   1    5.70
P.Crider                        1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2.96
B.Kern                          1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2.64
A.Diaz                          1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    1.13
R.Kussmaul (S,20)               1.0   2   0   0   0   2   0    2.78
                                9     9   4   4   4   9   1
HB--F.De Los Santos (1), B.Buckner 2 (3). SO--J.Owens, Y.Kajimoto 2,
J.Luce, M.McDade 3, B.Cavazos-Galvez, A.Feliz, B.Sabatella, L.Ford 2,
J.Griffin 2, C.Puckett 2, P.Redman 2, M.Blanke 2, D.Lyons. BB--J.Owens,
Y.Kajimoto, B.Cavazos-Galvez, W.Batista, R.Corona, R.Ruiz, J.Griffin.
BF--N.Reed 23 (169), K.Simon 7 (57), S.Gracey 3 (100), F.De Los Santos 5
(5), S.Patterson 2 (92), C.Beck 4 (85), B.Buckner 25 (174), P.Crider 3
(110), B.Kern 3 (124), A.Diaz 4 (119), R.Kussmaul 5 (139). P-S--N.Reed
95-63, K.Simon 32-18, S.Gracey 11-8, F.De Los Santos 21-11, S.Patterson
6-6, C.Beck 15-12, B.Buckner 97-51, P.Crider 11-8, B.Kern 10-8, A.Diaz
20-15, R.Kussmaul 21-15. 
T--3:27.  A--4788

Plate Umpire - JB Torres, Field Umpire #1 - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #2 - Manolo Alejandro