Asher’s strong start, bullpen’s scoreless night give Flock the victory
(Central Islip, N.Y., May 28, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 4-2 on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Lancaster opened the scoring in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Caleb Gindl off Ducks starter Alec Asher. Long Island responded in the bottom of the frame on a two-run home run to left by Kirk Nieuwenhuis off Barnstormers starter Jake McCasland.
It stayed that way until the fifth when a bloop RBI single to right-center by Michael Martinez tied the ballgame at two. However, an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi in the bottom of the inning put the Ducks back ahead 3-2. Hector Sanchez scored on Ramon Cabrera’s double play ball in the sixth to increase the advantage to two.
Asher (2-0) earned the win, tossing five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out two. McCasland (1-5) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings with four strikeouts. Josh Lueke picked up his first save of the year with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two.
Vladimir Frias led the Flock offensively with two hits and a run scored.
The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their four-game set on Wednesday 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). It's another Weekend Wednesday at the ballpark! All fans will be invited to enjoy the normally-exclusive Duck Club restaurant and bar on the club level behind home plate. The Duck Club will feature half-price wings and half-price domestic draft Bud Lights throughout the game. In addition, those visiting the concession stands on the main concourse will be able to take advantage of both food and drink specials. Left-hander Darin Downs (0-1, 3.09) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Kyle Davies (2-1, 2.40).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel.
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.
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