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NATE'S GREAT NIGHT RUNS WIN STREAK TO EIGHT

Ducks first baseman launches two homers, drives in four

(Bridgeport, Conn., May 7, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 7-1 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Long Island's eighth consecutive win

Nate Freiman put the Ducks ahead in the second inning with a mammoth solo home run over the left field wall off of Bluefish starter Mike Antonini. Bridgeport tied the game in the third on a two-out RBI single to left-center by Luis Hernandez off of Ducks starter Bruce Kern.

It remained even at one until the sixth when Sean Burroughs punched a two-out RBI single to left-center, putting the Ducks back in front. Freiman’s second homer of the night, a titanic three-run blast to left in the eighth, put the game out of reach at 5-1. Delta Cleary Jr. then capped the scoring in the ninth with a two-out, two-run double to right.

Frank DeJiulio Jr. (1-0) picked up the victory after inducing an inning-ending pop out from Jose Cuevas with the bases loaded in the fifth. Antonini (1-3) suffered the hard luck loss, giving up just two runs on six hits in six innings while striking out three. Kern did not factor into the decision, lasting three innings and allowing one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. Long Island’s bullpen combined to pitch six shutout innings, yielding four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits at the plate. Freiman, Burroughs and Lew Ford each added two.

The Ducks and Bluefish wrap up their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:12 p.m. from the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Left-hander Darin Downs toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bluefish righty R.J. Hively.

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: 05/07/2016
Long Island Ducks  7 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       4  2  1  0  .306  Sosa Jr, R CF       3  0  0  0  .327
Cleary Jr., D LF    5  1  3  2  .304  Hernandez, L SS     5  0  1  1  .254
Ford, L CF          5  1  2  0  .296  Cuevas, J 3B        4  0  0  0  .241
Freiman, N 1B       4  2  2  4  .381  Johnson, D 1B       3  0  1  0  .167
Burroughs, S 3B     4  0  2  1  .283  Rodriguez, L 2B     4  0  1  0  .271
Puckett, C 2B       4  0  0  0  .260  Vitters, J DH       3  0  0  0  .245
Tekotte, B DH       4  0  1  0  .231   Sosa, C PH         1  0  1  0  .300
Lyons, D SS         4  1  1  0  .231  Domoromo, L RF      3  0  0  0  .214
Blanke, M C         4  0  0  0  .233  Perez, R C          3  0  2  0  .161
                                      Nunez, L LF         3  1  1  0  .304
                   38  7 12  7                           32  1  7  1

L Island             0 1 0   0 0 1   0 3 2 -  7 12  1
Bridgeport           0 0 1   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  7  0
2B--Cleary Jr., D LF   (5), Ford, L CF         (4), Tekotte, B DH      (7),
Lyons, D SS        (3). HR--Freiman, N 1B      2 (2). RBI--Cleary Jr., D LF
   2 (6), Freiman, N 1B       4 (4), Burroughs, S 3B    (6), TOTALS        
     7 (0), Hernandez, L SS    (6), TOTALS             (0). HP--Nunez, L LF
       (1). SH--Perez, R C         (0). SB--Lentini, F RF      (6).
E--Lyons, D SS        (1). 
LOB--L Island 5, Bridgeport 10. DP--L. Hernandez(SS) - D. Johnson(1B), C.
Puckett(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - N. Freiman(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Kern, B                         3.0   3   1   1   1   1   0    1.80
Casey, J                        1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    2.70
Crider, P                       0.2   0   0   0   2   0   0    0.00
DeJiulio Jr., F (W,1-0)         0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
De La Rosa, E                   1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    7.20
Vance, K                        1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    4.50
Blewett, D                      1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    3.86
Struck, N                       1.0   2   0   0   0   1   0   11.57
                                9     7   1   1   4   6   0
 Bridgeport
Antonini, M (L,1-3)             6.0   6   2   2   0   3   1    4.58
Thompson, J                     1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.08
Kuzia, J                        1.0   4   3   3   0   0   1    6.43
Niesen, E                       1.0   2   2   2   1   1   0   11.12
                                9    12   7   7   1   4   2
WP--Antonini, M (1). HB--Struck, N (1). SO--Cleary Jr., D 2, Ford, L,
Tekotte, B, Hernandez, L, Vitters, J 3, Domoromo, L, Nunez, L. BB--Lentini,
F, Sosa Jr, R 2, Johnson, D, Domoromo, L. BF--Kern, B 12 (21), Casey, J 3
(14), Crider, P 5 (20), DeJiulio Jr., F (10), De La Rosa, E 4 (23), Vance,
K 3 (27), Blewett, D 4 (29), Struck, N 6 (27), Antonini, M 24 (82),
Thompson, J 3 (21), Kuzia, J 6 (30), Niesen, E 6 (32). P-S--Kern, B 40-28,
Casey, J 17-7, Crider, P 20-11, DeJiulio Jr., F 3-2, De La Rosa, E 18-13,
Vance, K 12-7, Blewett, D 14-9, Struck, N 27-16, Antonini, M 74-51,
Thompson, J 9-6, Kuzia, J 24-17, Niesen, E 23-12. 
T--2:58.  A--3316

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