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EIGHT-RUN EIGHTH INNING STUNS DUCKS

Early runs for Long Island not enough to claim series finale

(Bridgeport, Conn., July 30, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME VIDEO: Highlights from Sunday's series finale in Bridgeport

Delta Cleary Jr. led off the game for the Ducks with a solo home run to right field off Bluefish starter Rainy Lara. Long Island then blew the game open with a five-run second inning. A balk which scored Alex Burg, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Elmer Reyes, and consecutive RBI singles by Marc Krauss, Angelo Songco and Ruben Gotay highlighted the inning. The Ducks tacked on another run in the fourth, as Gotay’s RBI single extended the lead to 7-0.

Bridgeport failed to crack the scoreboard until the eighth inning when they plated eight runs, seven of which scored with two outs. An RBI triple by Tony Abreu, a run-scoring groundout from Welington Dotel, a two-run single by Angelys Nina, RBI singles by Ozney Guillen and Angel Rosa, and a two-run triple by D’Arby Myers did the damage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Henderson Alvarez pitched four scoreless innings for the Ducks, giving up just three hits and three walks while striking out five. Lara lasted five innings, serving up seven runs on 11 hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Frank DeJiulio Jr. (3-4) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning despite allowing two hits. Amalio Diaz (2-3) suffered the loss, yielding the go-ahead run on two hits in one-third of an inning. Elvin Ramirez collected his second save with a scoreless ninth.

Cleary Jr. led the Flock with four hits and a walk, driving in a run while scoring twice. Gotay added three hits and two RBI, while Krauss and Songco had two hits apiece.

The Ducks continue their road trip on Monday night when they open up a three-game series against the York Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from PeoplesBank Park. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Right-hander Matt Larkins (4-6, 4.21) gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution righty Victor Mateo (4-6, 3.73).

Long Island returns home on Thursday, August 3 to begin a four-game series against the Bluefish. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at a special time of 4:45 for a charity softball game between the Oyster Bay Police Department and QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community). It's a Thirsty Thursday, and the Duck Club restaurant and bar, normally reserved for VIP/season ticket holders, will be open for all fans to enjoy. There will be both food and drink specials available, including half price domestics. 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 37 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: 07/30/2017
Long Island Ducks  7 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  8

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cleary Jr., D CF    5  2  4  1  .246  Myers, D CF         5  1  2  2  .331
Reyes, E 2B,SS      4  0  1  1  .293  Abreu, T 2B         5  1  3  1  .309
Pacheco, J C        4  2  1  0  .276  Dotel, W RF         3  0  0  1  .100
Krauss, M LF        4  0  2  1  .299  Burroughs, S 1B     3  1  1  0  .342
Songco, A 1B        4  0  2  1  .264  Gil, J C            3  1  0  0  .306
Gotay, R 3B,DH      5  0  3  2  .269  Fields, D DH        2  0  0  0  .296
Burg, A RF          4  1  1  0  .211   Galvez, J DH,PH    2  1  2  0  .266
Alfonzo, G 2B,3B    5  1  1  0  .298  Nina, A 3B          4  1  2  2  .226
Lyons, D SS         3  1  0  0  .238  Guillen, O LF       4  1  1  1  .253
 Crider, P P        0  0  0  0  .000  Rosa, A SS          3  1  1  1  .184
 Rogers, R P        0  0  0  0  .000       
 Diaz, A P          0  0  0  0  .000       
 OGrady, D PH       1  0  0  0  .000       
                   39  7 15  6                           34  8 12  8

L Island             1 5 0   1 0 0   0 0 0 -  7 15  0
Bridgeport           0 0 0   0 0 0   0 8 x -  8 12  0
2B--Pacheco, J C (12), Krauss, M LF (21), Burg, A RF (12), Nina, A 3B (6).
3B--Myers, D CF (3), Abreu, T 2B (2). HR--Cleary Jr., D CF (2). RBI--Cleary
Jr., D CF (24), Reyes, E 2B,SS (37), Krauss, M LF (53), Songco, A 1B (53),
Gotay, R 3B,DH  2 (12), TOTALS  6 (0), Myers, D CF  2 (36), Abreu, T 2B
(38), Dotel, W RF (1), Nina, A 3B  2 (11), Guillen, O LF (18), Rosa, A SS
(7), TOTALS  8 (0). HP--Lyons, D SS (7). SF--Reyes, E 2B,SS (3). CS--Dotel,
W RF (1). 
LOB--L Island 12, Bridgeport 6. DP--T. Abreu(2B) - A. Rosa(SS) - S.
Burroughs(1B), A. Songco(1B) - D. Lyons(SS) - H. Alvarez(P). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Alvarez, H                      4.0   3   0   0   3   5   0    0.90
Dunning, J                      2.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    1.50
Crider, P                       1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.76
Rogers, R                       0.2   6   7   7   1   1   0    4.14
Diaz, A (L,2-3)                 0.1   2   1   1   0   0   0    1.93
                                8    12   8   8   4   8   0
 Bridgeport
Lara, R                         5.0  11   7   7   4   4   1    4.01
Pestano, V                      1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    9.00
Grotz, Z                        1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    4.08
DeJiulio Jr., F (W,3-4)         1.0   2   0   0   0   1   0    4.68
Ramirez, E (S,2)                1.0   0   0   0   1   3   0    2.30
                                9    15   7   7   5  10   1
HB--Lara, R (4). SO--Cleary Jr., D, Reyes, E 2, Pacheco, J, Songco, A 2,
Burg, A, Alfonzo, G, Lyons, D, OGrady, D, Myers, D, Dotel, W, Gil, J 2,
Fields, D 2, Guillen, O, Rosa, A. BB--Cleary Jr., D, Pacheco, J, Krauss, M,
Songco, A, Burg, A, Dotel, W, Burroughs, S, Gil, J, Rosa, A. BF--Alvarez, H
16 (44), Dunning, J 6 (21), Crider, P 4 (136), Rogers, R 9 (188), Diaz, A 3
(153), Lara, R 30 (439), Pestano, V 4 (28), Grotz, Z 4 (217), DeJiulio Jr.,
F 4 (193), Ramirez, E 4 (68). P-S--Alvarez, H 72-39, Dunning, J 21-13,
Crider, P 8-8, Rogers, R 28-16, Diaz, A 13-8, Lara, R 107-66, Pestano, V
12-11, Grotz, Z 14-13, DeJiulio Jr., F 11-9, Ramirez, E 17-9. 
T--3:04.  A--3197

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