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DUCKS SWEEP TWINBILL TO COMPLETE PERFECT HOMESTAND

Long Island claims pitcher’s duel in opener, rout in game two

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 5, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks swept a doubleheader from the Lancaster Barnstormers on Thursday night at Bethpage Ballpark, winning game one 1-0 in walk-off fashion and taking game two 13-5.

GAME ONE AUDIO: Mike Blanke's waddle-off bases loaded walk

GAME TWO AUDIO: Mike Dowd's RBI single caps a four-run second inning

POSTGAME VIDEO: Mike Blanke, Bobby Blevins and Fehlandt Lentini talk about the perfect homestand

Neither side plated a run in the first six innings game one. That changed in the bottom of the seventh when Sean Burroughs walked, Dan Lyons reach on a bunt single and Cody Puckett walked. That set the stage for Mike Blanke, who drew a bases loaded walk to plate the winning run.

Ducks reliever Todd Coffey (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Barnstormers starter Bryan Evans (1-1) suffered the loss, yielding a run on two hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings. Ducks starter Bobby Blevins did not factor into the decision but pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with four strikeouts.

Long Island struck first in game two on a first inning sacrifice fly to center field by Delta Cleary Jr. off of Lancaster starter Brandon Bixler. Four more runs in the second ballooned the advantage to 5-0. Puckett’s RBI double, Mike Dowd’s RBI single and sacrifice flies from Matt Wessinger and Fehlandt Lentini did the damage.

The offense continued in the third with five more runs crossing home plate. RBI singles from Dowd and Cleary Jr. highlighted the frame. After the Ducks scored a run in the fifth, Lancaster plated three in the sixth on a three-run double by Kevin Ahrens off of Ducks starter Jack Snodgrass. However, a two-run double by Lentini in the bottom of the frame pushed the lead to 13-3.

Snodgrass (2-1) earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Bixler (0-2) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits in just one and one-third innings.

Puckett and Cleary Jr. each had three hits in the game. Lentini finished with three RBI and three runs, while Puckett and Dowd each scored three times.

The Ducks hit the road on Friday night to open a three-game series against the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish. Game time is slated for 7:12 p.m. from the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. 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. Right-hander Mark Blackmar gets the start for the Ducks against Bluefish righty David Anderson.

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, May 10 to begin a three-game set against the Somerset Patriots. 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). The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Dan Lyons 2015 Gold Glove Award Pins as part one of six in the 2016 collectors’ series. It’s also a Two-Fer Tuesday and Humana Senior Discount Tuesday at the ballpark. 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.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 34 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Game Date: 05/05/2016 (GAME ONE)
Lancaster Barnstormers  0 AT Long Island Ducks  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Lancaster          AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Kobernus, J 2B      3  0  0  0  .281  Lentini, F DH       3  0  0  0  .286
Crouse, M LF        3  0  1  0  .300  Cleary Jr., D LF    3  0  0  0  .256
Gindl, C RF         3  0  0  0  .346  Ford, L CF          3  0  1  0  .317
McDade, M 1B        3  0  0  0  .236  Freiman, N 1B       3  0  1  0  .273
Bell, J 3B          3  0  1  0  .188  Burroughs, S 3B     1  0  0  0  .267
Whitaker, J DH      3  0  1  0  .400   Tekotte, B PR      0  1  0  0  .205
Ahrens, K SS        2  0  2  0  .271  Lyons, D SS         2  0  1  0  .195
Cutler, C C         3  0  0  0  .306  Puckett, C 2B       1  0  0  0  .205
Witherspoon, T CF   2  0  0  0  .281  Blanke, M C         2  0  0  1  .269
                                      Vega, A RF          2  0  0  0  .167
                   25  0  5  0                           20  1  3  1

Lancaster            0 0 0   0 0 0   0 -  0  5  0
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   1 -  1  3  0
2B--Freiman, N 1B      (1). RBI--Blanke, M C        (3), TOTALS            
(0). SH--Burroughs, S 3B    (0). SB--Crouse, M LF       (5). 
LOB--Lancaster 5, L Island 7. DP--C. Puckett(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - N.
Freiman(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Lancaster
Evans, B (L,1-1)                6.0   2   1   1   3   6   0    4.20
Gracey, S                       0.0   1   0   0   2   0   0    0.00
                                6     3   1   1   5   6   0
 L Island
Blevins, B                      6.0   4   0   0   0   4   0    2.40
Coffey, T (W,1-0)               1.0   1   0   0   1   1   0    2.25
                                7     5   0   0   1   5   0
WP--Gracey, S (2). SO--Gindl, C 3, McDade, M, Cutler, C, Lentini, F, Ford,
L, Freiman, N, Lyons, D, Blanke, M, Vega, A. BB--Ahrens, K, Burroughs, S,
Lyons, D, Puckett, C 2, Blanke, M. BF--Evans, B 23 (61), Gracey, S 3 (24),
Blevins, B 21 (63), Coffey, T 5 (19). P-S--Evans, B 88-56, Gracey, S 11-3,
Blevins, B 63-47, Coffey, T 17-9. 
T--1:56.  
 
Plate Umpire - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #1 - JB Torres, Field Umpire #2 - Matt Criss


Game Date: 05/05/2016 (GAME TWO)
Lancaster Barnstormers  5 AT Long Island Ducks  13

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Lancaster          AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Kobernus, J 2B      2  0  2  0  .305  Lentini, F RF       4  3  2  3  .302
 David, S 2B,PH     1  1  0  0  .143  Cleary Jr., D LF    4  0  3  2  .298
Crouse, M CF        4  1  1  1  .295  Ford, L DH          3  0  0  0  .295
Gindl, C RF         3  1  1  1  .345   Vega, A DH,PH      2  0  0  1  .143
McDade, M 1B        4  0  0  0  .220  Freiman, N 1B       2  1  0  0  .231
Bell, J DH          3  1  0  0  .176  Lyons, D SS         3  1  1  0  .205
Whitaker, J LF      3  1  1  0  .395  Puckett, C 2B       3  3  3  1  .262
Ahrens, K 3B        2  0  2  3  .300  Tekotte, B CF       4  2  2  0  .233
Patterson, C C      3  0  1  0  .417  Dowd, M C           3  3  2  2  .294
Jackson, J SS       3  0  0  0  .000  Wessinger, M 3B     2  0  1  1  .083
                   28  5  8  5                           30 13 14 10

Lancaster            0 0 0   0 0 3   2 -  5  8  3
L Island             1 4 5   0 1 2   x - 13 14  1
2B--Gindl, C RF        (7), Ahrens, K 3B       (2), Cleary Jr., D LF   (4),
Puckett, C 2B      2 (3). 3B--Crouse, M CF       (1). RBI--Crouse, M CF    
  (2), Gindl, C RF        (11), Ahrens, K 3B        3 (10), TOTALS         
    5 (0), Lentini, F RF       3 (10), Cleary Jr., D LF    2 (4),  Vega, A
DH,PH     (2), Puckett, C 2B      (7), Dowd, M C           2 (5),
Wessinger, M 3B    (1), TOTALS             10 (0). HP--Freiman, N 1B     
(1). SF--Gindl, C RF        (2), Lentini, F RF      (1), Cleary Jr., D LF  
(1), Wessinger, M 3B    (1). SB--Lentini, F RF      2 (5), Tekotte, B CF   
  (1), Dowd, M C          (1). E--Whitaker, J LF     (1), Patterson, C C   
 (1), Jackson, J SS      (1), Lentini, F RF      (1). 
LOB--Lancaster 6, L Island 8. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Lancaster
Bixler, B (L,0-2)               1.1   5   5   4   0   1   0   17.18
Lamm, M                         0.2   1   0   0   0   0   0   13.50
Lee, M                          1.0   3   5   2   1   1   0   11.05
Stevenson, J                    2.0   2   1   1   3   3   0    5.06
Yevoli, A                       1.0   3   2   2   1   1   0   18.56
                                6    14  13   9   5   6   0
 L Island
Snodgrass, J (W,2-1)            6.0   7   3   3   2   7   0    4.50
Lomangino, J                    1.0   1   2   2   1   1   0    4.15
                                7     8   5   5   3   8   0
PB--Patterson, C. HB--Lee, M (1). SO--Gindl, C, McDade, M 4, Whitaker, J,
Jackson, J 2, Freiman, N, Lyons, D 2, Tekotte, B 2, Dowd, M. BB--David, S,
Bell, J, Ahrens, K, Freiman, N, Lyons, D, Puckett, C, Dowd, M, Wessinger,
M. BF--Bixler, B 9 (21), Lamm, M 3 (26), Lee, M 9 (39), Stevenson, J 11
(30), Yevoli, A 7 (32), Snodgrass, J 27 (73), Lomangino, J 5 (22).
P-S--Bixler, B 43-27, Lamm, M 13-7, Lee, M 37-23, Stevenson, J 51-29,
Yevoli, A 22-13, Snodgrass, J 105-71, Lomangino, J 16-10. 
T--2:38.  A--4362
 
Plate Umpire - JB Torres, Field Umpire #1 - Matt Criss, Field Umpire #2 - Fred DeJesus

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