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SCOTT'S HOMER LIFTS SKEETERS IN GAME TWO

Two-run blast the difference in outstanding pitcher’s duel

(Sugar Land, Texas, Sept. 28, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 2-0 on Wednesday night in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Constellation Field. Sugar Land now leads the best-of-five series two games to none.

Both starting pitchers locked up in a terrific pitcher’s duel. Ducks starter Matt Larkins pitched five and two-thirds strong innings, allowing just one run and two hits while striking out four. Skeeters starter Michael Nix threw six scoreless frames, yielding four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

All the offense Sugar Land needed came in the sixth inning. After the first two batters struck out, Jeremy Barfield was hit by a pitch to keep the inning alive. Patrick Crider was summoned from the bullpen, and Travis Scott hit the first offering for a two-run home run to right field.

Nix (1-0) would pick up the win for Sugar Land, while Larkins (0-2) took the loss for Long Island. Roy Merritt, Ryan Mattheus and Derrick Loop each pitched a scoreless inning for the Skeeters, while Zac Treece and Amalio Diaz did the same for the Ducks.

Delta Cleary Jr. led the Flock offensively with three hits. The Atlantic League Championship Series will now shift to Long Island for Game Three between the Ducks and Skeeters on Friday night. 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 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Playoff Rally Towels, courtesy of News 12 Long Island. Right-hander Nick Struck takes the mound for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Sean Gallagher.

Tickets to the game and all Ducks home postseason 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 on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online 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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Game Date: 09/28/2016
Long Island Ducks  0 AT Sugar Land Skeeters  2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       4  0  0  0  .276  Prince, J 2B        4  0  1  0  .250
Lyons, D SS         4  0  0  0  .154  Tosoni, R CF        4  0  0  0  .174
Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  3  0  .185  Barfield, J RF      3  1  0  0  .273
Ford, L DH          4  0  0  0  .192  Scott, T DH         3  1  1  2  .235
Puckett, C 3B       4  0  0  0  .231  Young, D 1B         3  0  0  0  .278
Gotay, R 2B         3  0  0  0  .217  Zawadzki, L SS      3  0  0  0  .263
Colvin, T 1B        3  0  1  0  .292  Rodriguez, W C      2  0  1  0  .294
Dowd, M C           2  0  0  0  .136  Dominguez, J LF     3  0  1  0  .444
Vega, A LF          3  0  0  0  .278  Martinez, J 3B      2  0  0  0  .353
                   31  0  4  0                           27  2  4  2

L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  0  4  1
Sugar Land           0 0 0   0 0 2   0 0 x -  2  4  0
2B--Cleary Jr., D CF (1), Colvin, T 1B (2). HR--Scott, T DH (1).
RBI--Scott, T DH  2 (3), TOTALS  2 (0). HP--Barfield, J RF (1), Rodriguez,
W C (1), Martinez, J 3B (2). SB--Cleary Jr., D CF (1). E--Gotay, R 2B (2). 
LOB--L Island 6, Sugar Land 4. DP--D. Lyons(SS) - T. Colvin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Larkins, M (L,0-2)              5.2   2   1   1   0   4   0    7.04
Crider, P                       0.1   1   1   1   0   1   1    4.50
Treece, Z                       1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Diaz, A                         1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                8     4   2   2   0   8   1
 Sugar Land
Nix, M (W,1-0)                  6.0   4   0   0   1   5   0    0.00
Merritt, R                      1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    6.75
Mattheus, R                     1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    5.40
Loop, D (S,3)                   1.0   0   0   0   0   3   0    4.91
                                9     4   0   0   2  10   0
HB--Larkins, M 3 (4). SO--Lentini, F, Lyons, D, Ford, L, Puckett, C, Gotay,
R 3, Dowd, M, Vega, A 2, Prince, J 2, Tosoni, R 2, Young, D, Zawadzki, L 2,
Martinez, J. BB--Gotay, R, Dowd, M. BF--Larkins, M 21 (34), Crider, P 2
(9), Treece, Z 4 (10), Diaz, A 3 (20), Nix, M 23 (23), Merritt, R 4 (18),
Mattheus, R 3 (12), Loop, D 3 (17). P-S--Larkins, M 76-44, Crider, P 4-4,
Treece, Z 12-9, Diaz, A 9-8, Nix, M 85-55, Merritt, R 18-10, Mattheus, R
8-6, Loop, D 13-11. 
T--2:16.  A--4078

Weather: Clear, 84 Degrees
Plate Umpire - Eric Thompson, Field Umpire #1 - 1B Greg Oros, Field Umpire #2 - 2B Matt Herrera, Field Umpire #3 - 3B Ken Langford

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