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SKEETERS RALLY LATE TO DEFEAT DUCKS

Ducks drop series finale despite Zimmermann gem

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 9, 2013) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-2 on Monday night in the finale of a four-game set at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Josh Barfield's sacrifice fly and Kraig Binick's RBI single


POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Bob Zimmermann talk about the ballgame

Both teams exchanged zeroes through the first five innings before Sugar Land opened the scoring with a Brian Burgamy RBI single off Ducks starter Bob Zimmermann in the sixth. The Ducks answered right back with a Josh Barfield sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom half of the inning off Skeeters starter Michael Nix.

Kraig Binick put the Ducks on top with a RBI single in the seventh, but Sugar Land took the lead for good in the eighth. A Jeff Dominguez RBI single to center and a Josh Pressley two-run double to right field did the damage.

Nix (8-2) grabbed the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in seven innings. Zimmerman did not factor in the decision. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with eight strikeouts in seven and one-third innings. Erick Threets (0-2) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Gary Majewski pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 21st save.

The Ducks open a three-game set against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Tuesday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35. Right-hander John Brownell takes the ball for the Ducks against Lancaster southpaw Derrick Loop. The Ducks will be running their annual Anheuser Busch/Budweiser and 94.3 FM The Shark "King for a Day" promotion. One lucky fan will have the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, sit in the dugout during the game, coach first base for an inning and so much more. It's also an Unused Ticket Day at the ballpark. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Tickets for the game and all Ducks regular season home games are now on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action live online, with streaming video and audio on the Ducks official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ducksbaseball.

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Duck Tales: With a single in the first, Lew Ford has now earned at least one hit in each of the 12 games he has played with the Ducks this season. He is batting .380 (19-for-50) in those 12 games and has driven in four runs while scoring five runs. The former big leaguer had a hit in 15 of the 19 games he played with the Ducks in 2012 before getting signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization…Ramon Castro posted his 18th two-hit game of the season and his 22nd multi-hit game overall...With a single in the eighth inning, Bryant Nelson extended his hitting streak to seven games. In that span he’s hitting .429 (12-for-28)...Ducks starter Bob Zimmermann set a season-high with eight strikeouts. His previous high was six, occurring on August 29 against Lancaster. It was the most strikeouts for Zimmermann since he struck out nine Camden Riversharks on September 14, 2012...With nine strikeouts as a staff, the Ducks have now stuck out 919 batters on the year, which leads the Atlantic League. York ranks second with 908. In 2012, the Ducks pitching staff finished with 932 strikeouts, which was good for third in the league behind Southern Maryland and Bridgeport.

GAME DATE: 09/09/2013
Sugar Land Skeeters  4 AT Long Island Ducks  2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
R.Langerhans RF     3  1  0  0  .274  L.Ford CF           4  0  1  0  .380
J.Dominguez 2B      4  2  2  1  .278  J.Barfield 2B       3  0  0  1  .294
B.Burgamy 3B        4  0  1  1  .337  B.Nelson 3B         4  0  1  0  .294
J.Pressley DH       4  0  2  2  .273  R.Strieby 1B        4  1  1  0  .249
T.Scott C           4  0  0  0  .275  A.Bailey RF         4  0  1  0  .257
S.Moss LF           3  0  0  0  .318  R.Castro C          3  0  2  0  .257
A.Bates 1B          3  0  0  0  .310   P.Phillips PR      0  0  0  0  .222
A.Godwin CF         4  1  1  0  .284   R.Henriquez C      1  0  0  0  .240
D.Ramos SS          3  0  0  0  .219  R.Navarrete DH      4  0  0  0  .231
                                      K.Binick LF         3  0  1  1  .276
                                      D.Lyons SS          3  1  1  0  .210
                   32  4  6  4                           33  2  8  2

Sugar Land           0 0 0   0 0 1   0 3 0 -  4  6  1
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 1   1 0 0 -  2  8  1
2B--J.Dominguez (19), J.Pressley (21). RBI--J.Dominguez (46), B.Burgamy
(37), J.Pressley  2 (52), J.Barfield (32), K.Binick (18). SF--J.Barfield
(3). SH--D.Ramos (0). CS--S.Moss (3). E--B.Burgamy (2), D.Lyons (17). 
LOB--Sugar Land 5, L Island 5. DP--D. Ramos(SS) - J. Dominguez(2B) - A.
Bates(1B), J. Dominguez(2B) - A. Bates(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Sugar Land
M.Nix (W,8-2)                   7.0   6   2   1   0   5   0    1.90
R.Giron                         1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2.10
G.Majewski (S,21)               1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    1.89
                                9     8   2   1   0   6   0
 L Island
B.Zimmermann                    7.1   3   2   1   2   8   0    4.18
E.Threets (L,0-2)               0.2   2   2   0   1   0   0    6.10
E.Ramos                         1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
                                9     6   4   1   3   9   0
WP--M.Nix 2 (5). SO--R.Langerhans, J.Dominguez 2, B.Burgamy 2, S.Moss 2,
A.Bates 2, L.Ford, R.Strieby 2, A.Bailey, R.Castro, R.Navarrete.
BB--R.Langerhans, S.Moss, A.Bates. BF--M.Nix 27 (305), R.Giron 4 (233),
G.Majewski 3 (264), B.Zimmermann 27 (402), E.Threets 5 (100), E.Ramos 4
(31). P-S--M.Nix 100-67, R.Giron 14-10, G.Majewski 10-9, B.Zimmermann
99-63, E.Threets 18-8, E.Ramos 11-8. 
T--2:37.  A--5829
 
Umpires: Plate Ump - Matt Beaver, Field Ump #1 - Tim McCaffrey, Field Ump #2 - Dan Kiley

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