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FIVE-RUN EIGHTH LIFTS YORK OVER LONG ISLAND

Ducks fall despite impressive debut from Matt Larkins

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 6-5 on Saturday night before a past-capacity crowd of 7,220 at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the middle game of the series

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Matt Larkins talk about the game

The Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Revolution starter Tony Pena. Delta Cleary Jr.’s RBI groundout and a two-run single by Ruben Gotay highlighted the scoring. Anthony Vega extended the lead to four in the fourth with an RBI triple down the left field line.

York got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Keith Castillo tripled and scored on a passed ball. It stayed that way until the eighth when the Revolution plated five runs to take a 6-4 lead. Josh Wilson’s RBI double, a three-run home run to right field by Jared Mitchell and a solo homer to right-center by Kevin Rivers did the damage.

Long Island closed to within a run in the ninth when Mike Dowd tripled and scored on a wild pitch. However, they could not pull even.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starter Matt Larkins pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six. Pena lasted six innings, yielding four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Michael Click (6-3) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two. Luis Perdomo (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on three hits in one inning of relief. Mike DeMark earned his 35th save of the season despite allowing a run on one hit in the ninth.

Lew Ford led the Flock with two hits, while Gotay drove in a pair of runs.

The Ducks play their final home game of the regular season on Sunday in the series finale against the Revolution. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Fan Appreciation Day at the ballpark featuring the Great Gift Card Giveaway, presented by Pepsi. Every inning during the game, the Ducks will choose a lucky seat through the ballpark. The fan holding the ticket to that seat will take home a $100 gift card to a select Long Island restaurant. It’s also a Sunday Family Funday! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks from 12:50 to 1:05. After the game, kids and kids at heart can take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Right-hander Nick Struck takes the mound for the Ducks against Revolution righty Micah Owings.

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 the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available 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)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 35S 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: 09/10/2016
York Revolution  6 AT Long Island Ducks  5

                                 YTD                                   YTD
York               AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Witherspoon, T CF   4  0  0  0  .288  Lentini, F RF       4  1  1  0  .311
Mitchell, J RF      4  1  2  3  .262  Lyons, D SS         4  0  0  0  .271
Guzman, J DH        4  0  0  0  .288  Cleary Jr., D CF    3  0  1  1  .323
Rivers, K LF        2  1  1  1  .259  Ford, L DH          4  1  2  0  .320
Perez, A 1B         4  0  1  0  .274  Puckett, C 3B       4  1  1  0  .274
Pounds, B 3B        4  0  0  0  .244  Gotay, R 2B         4  0  1  2  .275
Castillo, K C       4  2  2  0  .255  Colvin, T 1B        4  0  0  0  .197
Wilson, J SS        4  1  2  1  .258  Dowd, M C           4  2  2  0  .293
Chaves, B 2B        3  1  1  0  .221  Vega, A LF          4  0  1  1  .244
                   33  6  9  5                           35  5  9  4

York                 0 0 0   0 1 0   0 5 0 -  6  9  0
L Island             3 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 1 -  5  9  0
2B--Mitchell, J RF (11), Wilson, J SS (27), Lentini, F RF (38), Puckett, C
3B (18). 3B--Castillo, K C (1), Cleary Jr., D CF (4), Dowd, M C (2), Vega,
A LF (9). HR--Mitchell, J RF (6), Rivers, K LF (9). RBI--Mitchell, J RF  3
(32), Rivers, K LF (44), Wilson, J SS (39), TOTALS  5 (0), Cleary Jr., D CF
(48), Gotay, R 2B  2 (59), Vega, A LF (40), TOTALS  4 (0). HP--Rivers, K LF
(4). SH--Witherspoon, T CF (0). 
LOB--York 4, L Island 4. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 York
Pena, T                         6.0   8   4   4   0   5   0    5.56
Click, M (W,6-3)                1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    4.81
DePaula, J                      1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    4.58
DeMark, M (S,35)                1.0   1   1   0   0   0   0    0.76
                                9     9   5   4   1   7   0
 L Island
Larkins, M                      7.0   5   4   4   2   6   0    5.14
Perdomo, L (L,3-2)              1.0   3   2   2   0   1   2    5.29
Diaz, A                         1.0   1   0   0   0   3   0    2.22
                                9     9   6   6   2  10   2
PB--Castillo, K, Dowd, M. HB--Larkins, M (1). SO--Witherspoon, T 3, Pounds,
B 3, Castillo, K 2, Wilson, J, Chaves, B, Lentini, F, Lyons, D 2, Cleary
Jr., D, Ford, L, Colvin, T, Vega, A. BB--Rivers, K, Chaves, B, Cleary Jr.,
D. BF--Pena, T 26 (584), Click, M 3 (245), DePaula, J 3 (175), DeMark, M 4
(178), Larkins, M 27 (27), Perdomo, L 6 (45), Diaz, A 4 (187). P-S--Pena, T
98-62, Click, M 14-8, DePaula, J 12-6, DeMark, M 14-11, Larkins, M 106-64,
Perdomo, L 19-15, Diaz, A 16-12. 
T--3:00.  A--7220

Plate Umpire - Don Gollar, Field Umpire #1 - Tom Gandolfo Jr., Field Umpire #2 - Frank Iurilli