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LENTINI SPECTACULAR BUT DUCKS FALL SHORT IN OPENER

Right fielder finishes triple shy of cycle in loss

(Bridgeport, Conn., August 24, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 7-3 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME AUDIO: Lentini's big day

Bridgeport opened the scoring with four runs in the second off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins. Luis Rodriguez hit a two-run double before Ethan Chapman and Josh Prince followed with RBI doubles. The Bluefish added three more runs off Blevins in the seventh beginning with Josh Prince’s RBI single. A throwing error by Blevins would score another run, while John Alonso’s sacrifice fly made it 7-0 Bridgeport.

Long Island posted their first run in the eighth on Fehlandt Lentini’s solo homer to left field off Erik Draxton. Lentini plated two more in the ninth on a single to left against Chad Povich, but the Ducks could not complete the comeback.

Blevins (2-4) was saddled with the loss. The starter allowed nine runs on seven hits (two earned) in seven innings while walking none and striking out six. Jimmy Patterson (1-0) picked up the win for Bridgeport with two and one-thirds innings of relief in place of starter Brandon Bixler. Bixler surrendered three hits in four shutout innings with two strikeouts. Frank DeJiulio, Jr. threw a 1-2-3 eighth for the Ducks.

Lentini drove in all of Long Island’s runs on four hits with a run scored and a double. Mike Blanke and Dan Lyons each had a pair of hits as well.

Long Island continues their three-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Tuesday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Righty Bruce Kern gets the start for the Ducks against Bluefish right-hander Cory Riordan. 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 Tuesday, September 1 to begin a three-game series with the Bluefish. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders. It’s the 10th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the ballpark, presented by 1st Equity/PinkTie.org. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Commemorative Pink T-Shirts, and following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza. 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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