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BLACKMAR'S BRILLIANT AS WINNING STREAK HITS SEVEN

Right-hander earns second win of year with seven shutout innings

(Bridgeport, Conn., May 6, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 5-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Long Island's series-opening victory

Blake Tekotte put the Ducks in front with a RBI double to right-center field in the second inning off of Bluefish starter David Anderson. Two more runs came across in the third on Mike Dowd’s RBI double to left and Lew Ford’s RBI single to right.

Bridgeport got on the scoreboard in the eighth thanks to a two-out RBI single from Ruben Sosa Jr. However, Long Island answered with two runs in the ninth on Cody Puckett’s RBI single and a throwing error that allowed Sean Burroughs to score.

Ducks starter Mark Blackmar (2-0) was spectacular in the win, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. He retired the first 13 batters he faced before Luis Rodriguez ended his perfect game bid in the fifth. Anderson (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding three runs on 10 hits and one walk in four innings with three strikeouts.

Nate Freiman led the Flock with three hits on the night, while four other Ducks chipped in with two apiece.

The Ducks and Bluefish continue their three-game set on Saturday evening. Game time is slated for 6:12 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 Bruce Kern takes the mound for the Ducks against Bluefish lefty Mike Antonini.

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, May 10 to begin a three-game series 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: 05/06/2016
Long Island Ducks  5 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       5  0  2  0  .310  Sosa Jr, R CF       4  0  1  1  .347
Cleary Jr., D LF    4  0  0  0  .275  Ramirez, W RF       4  0  0  0  .286
Ford, L DH          5  0  1  1  .286  Johnson, D 1B       4  0  0  0  .158
Freiman, N 1B       4  1  3  0  .353  Cuevas, J DH        4  0  1  0  .260
Burroughs, S 3B     4  1  1  0  .265  Rodriguez, L 2B     4  0  1  0  .273
Puckett, C 2B       4  1  2  1  .283  Vitters, J 3B       3  1  1  0  .260
Tekotte, B CF       5  0  1  1  .229  Domoromo, L LF      3  0  1  0  .240
Lyons, D SS         4  1  2  0  .229  Perez, R C          3  0  0  0  .107
Dowd, M C           3  1  2  1  .350  Hernandez, L SS     3  0  0  0  .259
                   38  5 14  4                           32  1  5  1

L Island             0 1 0   2 0 0   0 0 2 -  5 14  0
Bridgeport           0 0 0   0 0 0   0 1 0 -  1  5  2
2B--Lentini, F RF      (3), Tekotte, B CF      (6), Dowd, M C          (2).
RBI--Ford, L DH         (5), Puckett, C 2B      (8), Tekotte, B CF     
(3), Dowd, M C          (6), TOTALS              4 (0), Sosa Jr, R CF     
(9), TOTALS             (0). HP--Puckett, C 2B      (3), Dowd, M C         
(2). SH--Cleary Jr., D LF   (0). E--Rodriguez, L 2B    (1), Vitters, J 3B  
   (1). 
LOB--L Island 11, Bridgeport 4. DP--L. Rodriguez(2B) - L. Hernandez(SS) -
D. Johnson(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Blackmar, M (W,2-0)             7.0   2   0   0   0   7   0    0.50
Blewett, D                      1.0   3   1   1   0   2   0    4.50
Diaz, A                         1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    4.50
                                9     5   1   1   0  10   0
 Bridgeport
Anderson, D (L,0-1)             4.0  10   3   3   1   3   0    4.50
Moran, B                        2.0   2   0   0   0   3   0    2.84
Shuman, S                       2.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    1.35
Carpenter, D                    1.0   2   2   0   1   3   0    0.00
                                9    14   5   3   2  11   0
WP--Blewett, D (2), Anderson, D 2 (2). PB--Perez, R. HB--Anderson, D 2 (2).
SO--Lentini, F, Cleary Jr., D 2, Ford, L 2, Burroughs, S 2, Tekotte, B 3,
Lyons, D, Sosa Jr, R, Ramirez, W 2, Johnson, D 2, Rodriguez, L, Perez, R 2,
Hernandez, L 2. BB--Freiman, N, Burroughs, S. BF--Blackmar, M 23 (65),
Blewett, D 6 (25), Diaz, A 3 (26), Anderson, D 23 (49), Moran, B 8 (28),
Shuman, S 6 (32), Carpenter, D 6 (34). P-S--Blackmar, M 84-55, Blewett, D
29-19, Diaz, A 12-11, Anderson, D 83-53, Moran, B 32-21, Shuman, S 24-18,
Carpenter, D 34-22. 
T--2:41.  A--2171
Start of game was delayed 1 hour and 30 minutes due to rain

Plate Umpire - Bryan Childe, Field Umpire #1 - Tyler Thurmond, Field Umpire #3 - Kurt Branin