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DUCKS BATS QUIETED IN TEXAS OPENER

Sugar Land rallies for 4-2 victory over Flock

(Sugar Land, Texas, Aug. 5, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-2 on Wednesday night in the opener of a four-game series at Constellation Field.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series opener

The Skeeters struck first in the opening inning on a RBI double to right field by Delwyn Young off of Ducks starter Ian Marshall. The Ducks answered back in the fourth with a RBI double to left by Cody Puckett and a RBI single to right by Bryan Sabatella, both with two outs, off of Skeeters starter Roy Merritt.

Sugar Land took the lead back in the fifth on a run-scoring single to right from Young and a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Chris Wallace. A solo homer to left by Young in the seventh increased the advantage to 4-2.

Merritt (5-3) earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Marshall (4-6) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Derrick Loop earned his 10th save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

Long Island and Sugar Land continue their four-game set on Thursday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT from Constellation Field. Left-hander Darin Downs takes the mound for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Matt Wright. 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 return home on Sunday, August 9 to open up a four-game set against the Camden Riversharks. Game time is slated for 5:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 4:05 (3:50 for full season ticket holders). Sunday will be Jewish Heritage Night at the ballpark, and the Ducks will be running promotions, videos, and music with a Jewish theme. It will also be a Sunday Family Funday! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks from 4:20 to 4:35 p.m. After the game, kids and kids at heart can take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. 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: 08/05/2015
Long Island Ducks  2 AT Sugar Land Skeeters  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG
F.Lentini RF        4  0  1  0  .273  J.Dominguez 3B      3  1  0  0  .343
D.Cleary Jr. CF     3  0  1  0  .282  A.Zazueta SS        3  2  1  0  .280
D.Lyons SS          4  1  0  0  .301  D.Young RF          4  1  3  3  .271
C.Puckett 3B        3  1  1  1  .269  C.Wallace C         2  0  0  1  .269
B.Sabatella LF      4  0  1  1  .286  T.Scott DH          4  0  0  0  .238
M.Blanke C          4  0  0  0  .298  D.Ward 1B           3  0  1  0  .333
J.Griffin 1B        3  0  0  0  .232  J.Limonta LF        4  0  0  0  .235
S.McQuail DH        3  0  0  0  .186  R.Osuna 2B          3  0  1  0  .261
B.Davis 2B          3  0  1  0  .226  D.Almonte CF        3  0  1  0  .204
                   31  2  5  2                           29  4  7  4

L Island             0 0 0   2 0 0   0 0 0 -  2  5  1
Sugar Land           1 0 0   0 2 0   1 0 x -  4  7  0
2B--C.Puckett (15), D.Young (14). HR--D.Young (8). RBI--C.Puckett (33),
B.Sabatella (35), D.Young  3 (28), C.Wallace (56). HP--C.Puckett (6).
SF--C.Wallace (4). SB--D.Cleary Jr. (22), J.Dominguez (2). CS--F.Lentini
(1). E--J.Griffin (6). 
LOB--L Island 4, Sugar Land 6. DP--B. Davis(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J.
Griffin(1B), B. Davis(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J. Griffin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
I.Marshall (L,4-6)              6.0   6   3   3   3   5   0    3.45
J.Romero                        1.0   1   1   1   0   0   1    1.98
P.Crider                        1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    2.95
                                8     7   4   4   4   6   1
 Sugar Land
R.Merritt (W,5-3)               7.0   5   2   2   1   7   0    1.55
R.Delgado                       1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    1.45
D.Loop (S,10)                   1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.32
                                9     5   2   2   1  10   0
WP--I.Marshall (11). HB--R.Merritt (4). SO--F.Lentini 3, D.Lyons 2,
C.Puckett, B.Sabatella, M.Blanke, S.McQuail, B.Davis, C.Wallace, T.Scott,
J.Limonta 2, R.Osuna, D.Almonte. BB--D.Cleary Jr., J.Dominguez, A.Zazueta,
C.Wallace, D.Ward. BF--I.Marshall 27 (458), J.Romero 4 (56), P.Crider 3
(161), R.Merritt 27 (291), R.Delgado 3 (133), D.Loop 3 (150).
P-S--I.Marshall 104-66, J.Romero 13-8, P.Crider 17-9, R.Merritt 95-68,
R.Delgado 8-7, D.Loop 5-5. 
T--2:19.  A--3287

Weather: Clear, 90 Degrees
Plate Umpire - Greg Oros, Field Umpire #1 - 1B Doug Williams, Field Umpire #2 - Eric Davis

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