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COMEBACK QUACKS STRIKE AGAIN

Two-run eighth propels Ducks over Bluefish

(Bridgeport, Conn., May 13, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 5-4 on Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME AUDIO: Listen to the highlights of tonight's game

The Bluefish jumped out to an early lead off Ducks starter John Brownell. A RBI double from Sean Burroughs, followed by a sacrifice fly from Prentice Redman, provided Bridgeport with a 2-0 lead. Long Island responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second off Bluefish starter Tomo Ohka, highlighted by a RBI single from Cody Puckett and a throwing error from Bluefish catcher Luis Rodriguez, allowing a run to score from third.

Bridgeport added two more runs in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer from Cody Overbeck. From that point on, Brownell settled down, allowing only one Bluefish baserunner to reach second base in the next five innings. During that stretch, the Ducks cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth on a RBI single from Lew Ford.

Long Island grabbed the lead in the top of the eighth against Bluefish reliever Scott Maine. Brian Peacock led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Dan Lyons then dropped a bunt down the third line for an infield single, while a throwing error from Maine allowed Peacock to score and advanced Lyons to third. Lyons scored from third on a sacrifice fly from Fehlandt Lentini a batter later. Eric Niesen, Jeremy Accardo and Leo Rosales combined to finish the ballgame.

Brownell (1-2) earned his first win of the season, tossing seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Ohka, who left with the lead, did not factor into the decision, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits, two walks and one strikeout over five and two-thirds innings. Maine (1-1) took the loss for Bridgeport after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits. Rosales earned his sixth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Joash Brodin paced the Ducks bats with three hits, a run and a stolen base, while Puckett added a pair of singles and a RBI.

The Ducks square off with the Bluefish for the second game of a three-game set Wednesday at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Long Island righty Bobby Blevins will toe the rubber against Bridgeport righty D.J. Mitchell. First pitch is set for 10:35 a.m. The game can be heard online through the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

Long Island will return home on Friday, May 16 to open a three-game series with the Camden Riversharks. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. It’s “Don’t Zone Out” Night at the ballpark, and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Static Cling Decals, courtesy of CSEA. Tickets for the game and every 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.

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Game Date: 05/13/2014
Long Island Ducks  5 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
F.Lentini RF        4  1  1  1  .318  J.Simmons CF        4  1  1  0  .283
C.McClendon 3B      4  0  0  0  .151  S.Burroughs 3B      4  1  1  1  .292
 S.Miranda 3B,PH    1  0  0  0  .158  B.Boggs LF          3  0  0  0  .317
L.Ford CF           4  0  1  1  .355  P.Redman RF         2  0  1  1  .206
J.Brodin 1B         5  1  3  0  .200  R.Castro 2B         4  0  0  0  .333
A.Bailey LF         5  1  1  0  .179  L.Lopez DH          4  1  2  0  .281
C.Puckett 2B        4  0  2  1  .305  C.Overbeck 1B       4  1  1  2  .259
J.Myers DH          4  0  1  0  .214  L.Rodriguez C       4  0  0  0  .200
B.Peacock C         3  1  1  0  .300  J.Martinez SS       3  0  0  0  .206
D.Lyons SS          3  1  1  0  .256       
                   37  5 11  3                           32  4  6  4

L Island             0 2 0   0 1 0   0 2 0 -  5 11  1
Bridgeport           2 2 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  4  6  3
2B--J.Myers (3), B.Peacock (2), S.Burroughs (2). HR--C.Overbeck (3).
RBI--F.Lentini (13), L.Ford (14), C.Puckett (6), S.Burroughs (7), P.Redman
(5), C.Overbeck  2 (10). HP--L.Ford (2). SF--F.Lentini (2), P.Redman (2).
SB--J.Brodin (1), J.Myers (1). E--C.Puckett (2), P.Redman (1), L.Rodriguez
(3), S.Maine (1). 
LOB--L Island 10, Bridgeport 4. DP--D. Lyons(SS) - C. Puckett(2B) - J.
Brodin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
J.Brownell (W,1-2)              7.0   6   4   3   1   7   1    5.04
E.Niesen                        0.2   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
J.Accardo                       0.1   0   0   0   1   0   0    3.72
L.Rosales (S,6)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.25
                                9     6   4   1   2   9   1
 Bridgeport
T.Ohka                          5.2   8   3   2   2   1   0    1.45
T.Gustafson                     1.1   1   0   0   1   2   0    2.35
S.Maine (L,1-1)                 1.0   2   2   1   0   0   0    3.18
J.English                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    9.00
                                9    11   5   3   3   4   0
WP--J.Brownell (2), J.Accardo (1). HB--T.Gustafson (1). SO--C.McClendon,
A.Bailey, C.Puckett, D.Lyons, S.Burroughs, B.Boggs 3, R.Castro 3,
L.Rodriguez, J.Martinez. BB--C.Puckett, B.Peacock, D.Lyons, B.Boggs,
P.Redman. BF--J.Brownell 28 (102), E.Niesen 2 (35), J.Accardo 2 (39),
L.Rosales 3 (35), T.Ohka 27 (77), T.Gustafson 7 (31), S.Maine 5 (21),
J.English 3 (29). P-S--J.Brownell 104-65, E.Niesen 9-6, J.Accardo 14-7,
L.Rosales 7-5, T.Ohka 100-60, T.Gustafson 27-15, S.Maine 18-9, J.English
13-8. 
T--2:48.  A--1357

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Plate Umpire - Richard Katz, Field Umpire #1 - Joseph DeCrescenzo, Field Umpire #3 - John Grasso