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Long Island totals another 10 runs, 16 hits to topple Bridgeport

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 26, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 10-9 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the comeback victory

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Mike Dowd and Todd Coffey talk about the win

Long Island exploded for four runs in the first inning against Bluefish starter Jimmy Patterson. A leadoff solo home run to left field by Fehlandt Lentini, a RBI single by Tyler Colvin, a bases loaded walk to Mike Blanke and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ruben Gotay highlighted the frame.

Bridgeport answered with five runs in the third off Ducks starter Darin Downs to take a 5-4 lead. A two-run double by Josh Vitters, a RBI single by Welington Dotel and a two-run homer to left by Jonathan Galvez did the damage. Four more runs in the fourth on a sac fly from Jose Cuevas, a pair of Ducks errors and a RBI double by Galvez extended the advantage to 9-4.

The Ducks closed the gap to 9-6 in the bottom of the inning on a RBI double by Dan Lyons and a Bluefish error. A trio of runs in the fifth tied the game at nine, as Mike Dowd picked up a two-run single and Lentini collected a RBI single. Dowd would break the tie for good in the seventh with a RBI double to left-center.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Downs lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits while striking out four. Patterson pitched four innings, giving up 11 hits and eight runs (six earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Eury De La Rosa (1-2) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh inning, and Scott Shuman (1-2) took the loss, yielding a run on two hits in one inning of relief. Todd Coffey earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth.

Dowd, Lentini, Blanke and Sean Burroughs each collected three hits to lead the Ducks. Dowd finished with three RBI and a run scored, while Lentini had two RBI and two runs.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Friday night when the New Britain Bees make their first-ever visit to Long Island to begin a four-game set. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Magnetic Dry Erase Boards, courtesy of Green Audit USA. It’s also a Fowl Pole and OK Petroleum Friday at the ballpark, and the Ducks will be running their Friday night Pizza Hut K-Man promotion. Right-hander Bobby Blevins gets the start for the Ducks against Bees righty Cole Johnson.

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. Those unable to make the game can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by 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)

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

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Game Date: 05/26/2016
Bridgeport Bluefish  9 AT Long Island Ducks  10

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hernandez, L SS     5  1  2  0  .283  Lentini, F RF       5  2  3  2  .285
Cuevas, J 2B        3  1  1  1  .248  Lyons, D SS         5  2  1  1  .286
Vitters, J 3B       2  2  1  2  .214  Ford, L CF          5  1  2  0  .325
 Nunez, L 3B        2  0  0  0  .215  Colvin, T 1B        5  1  1  1  .268
Johnson, D DH       5  1  1  0  .200  Burroughs, S 3B     4  1  3  0  .307
Dotel, W CF         5  2  2  1  .400  Blanke, M DH        3  1  3  1  .314
Galvez, J 1B        5  1  4  3  .600   Vega, A DH,PR      0  1  0  0  .250
Domoromo, L RF      4  0  1  0  .156  Gotay, R 2B         2  0  0  1  .289
Giansanti, A LF     3  0  0  0  .161  Dowd, M C           4  1  3  3  .373
Perez, R C          4  1  1  0  .209  Tekotte, B LF       4  0  0  0  .215
                   38  9 13  7                           37 10 16  9

Bridgeport           0 0 5   4 0 0   0 0 0 -  9 13  4
L Island             4 0 0   2 3 0   1 0 x - 10 16  3
2B--Cuevas, J 2B (7), Vitters, J 3B (7), Galvez, J 1B 2 (2), Lyons, D SS
(8), Dowd, M C (3). HR--Galvez, J 1B 2 (1), Lentini, F RF (2). RBI--Cuevas,
J 2B (13), Vitters, J 3B  2 (14), Dotel, W CF (1), Galvez, J 1B 2  3 (3),
TOTALS  7 (0), Lentini, F RF  2 (21), Lyons, D SS (12), Colvin, T 1B (8),
Blanke, M DH (14), Gotay, R 2B (5), Dowd, M C  3 (13), TOTALS  9 (0).
HP--Cuevas, J 2B (3), Vitters, J 3B  2 (4). SF--Cuevas, J 2B (2), Gotay, R
2B (1). SH--Gotay, R 2B (0). SB--Dotel, W CF 2 (2), Vega, A DH,PR (5).
E--Cuevas, J 2B (2), Nunez, L 3B (3), Dotel, W CF (1), Perez, R C (1),
Burroughs, S 3B (3), Dowd, M C  3 (3), Tekotte, B LF (1). 
LOB--Bridgeport 6, L Island 6. DP--J. Cuevas(2B) - L. Hernandez(SS) - J.
Galvez(1B), J. Patterson(P) - J. Cuevas(2B), T. Colvin(1B) - D. Lyons(SS) -
N. Struck(P), J. Cuevas(2B) - L. Hernandez(SS) - J. Galvez(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Bridgeport
Patterson, J                    4.0  11   8   6   1   1   1    4.30
Kuzia, J                        1.0   3   1   0   0   0   0    5.17
Moran, B                        1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    4.15
Shuman, S (L,1-2)               1.0   2   1   1   0   1   0    1.32
Niesen, E                       1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    6.17
                                8    16  10   7   1   2   1
 L Island
Downs, D                        3.2  11   8   6   0   4   1    4.12
Vance, K                        0.1   1   1   0   0   0   0    4.91
Struck, N                       1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    6.75
DeJiulio Jr., F                 1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
De La Rosa, E (W,1-2)           1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.92
Diaz, A                         1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    4.38
Coffey, T (S,6)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    3.00
                                9    13   9   6   1   7   1
HB--Downs, D (3), Diaz, A (2). SO--Hernandez, L, Cuevas, J, Nunez, L,
Johnson, D, Dotel, W, Domoromo, L, Perez, R, Lyons, D, Tekotte, B.
BB--Giansanti, A, Blanke, M. BF--Patterson, J 24 (127), Kuzia, J 6 (73),
Moran, B 2 (60), Shuman, S 5 (62), Niesen, E 3 (56), Downs, D 22 (170),
Vance, K 3 (54), Struck, N 3 (43), DeJiulio Jr., F 3 (30), De La Rosa, E 4
(54), Diaz, A 4 (51), Coffey, T 3 (38). P-S--Patterson, J 83-50, Kuzia, J
17-14, Moran, B 5-3, Shuman, S 20-16, Niesen, E 10-7, Downs, D 79-52,
Vance, K 9-4, Struck, N 15-9, DeJiulio Jr., F 9-6, De La Rosa, E 15-10,
Diaz, A 17-12, Coffey, T 8-6. 
T--3:09.  A--4639

Plate Umpire - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #1 - Derek Moccia, Field Umpire #2 - JB Torres