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DUCKS RALLY PAST BLUEFISH TO CLAIM SERIES

Eighth inning magic continues for the Flock

(Bridgeport, Conn., May 15, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 4-3 on Thursday night in the final game of a three-game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME AUDIO: Highights from another come-from-behind victory

Long Island took the early lead in the top of the fourth inning against Bluefish starter Hunter Jones. After consecutive base hits to open the inning, a RBI groundout from Brian Peacock and a fielding error by Bluefish shortstop Juan Martinez gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

After allowing a leadoff base hit in the bottom of the first inning, Ducks starter Shaun Garceau retired the next 14 Bluefish batters. That streak ended though in the sixth when a three-run homer from James Simmons gave the Bluefish a 3-2 lead.

It stayed that way until the eighth inning when Adam Bailey delivered a pinch hit RBI triple down the right field line to tie the game at three. Sergio Miranda followed with a go-ahead RBI double to right-center that put the Ducks on top 4-3. It marked the third consecutive game that the Ducks scored two runs in the eighth, and all three times, the Flock either tied the game or took the lead.

Garceau (1-1) earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Jones did not factor into the decision but allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with three walks and one strikeout over seven innings. Tim Gustafson (0-1) took the loss after yielding two runs on three hits in one inning of relief. Leo Rosales earned his seventh save of the year after securing the final four outs of the game.

Cody Puckett paced the Ducks with two hits to earn his team-leading eighth multi-hit game of the year.

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. The Ducks will also be running their Friday Night Pizza Hut K-Man promotion where fans can win free breadsticks from Pizza Hut if the K-Man strikes out during the game.

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. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action live on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming video and audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE.

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Game Date: 05/15/2014
Long Island Ducks  4 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
F.Lentini RF        5  0  0  0  .286  J.Simmons CF        4  1  2  3  .270
C.Puckett 2B        5  0  2  0  .319  S.Burroughs 3B      3  0  0  0  .281
L.Ford CF           4  1  1  0  .347  R.Castro 2B         4  0  0  0  .292
J.Brodin 1B         3  0  1  0  .195  C.Overbeck DH       4  0  1  0  .250
R.Strieby DH        4  1  1  0  .226   M.Richard PR       0  0  0  0  .125
J.Myers LF          3  1  1  0  .206  L.Lopez 1B          3  0  1  0  .277
 A.Bailey LF,PH     1  1  1  1  .190  P.Redman RF         4  0  1  0  .209
S.Miranda 3B        3  0  1  1  .222  D.Almonte LF        3  1  1  0  .262
 C.McClendon 3B,PR  0  0  0  0  .136  L.Rodriguez C       4  1  1  0  .205
B.Peacock C         4  0  1  1  .263  J.Martinez SS       3  0  0  0  .197
D.Lyons SS          2  0  1  0  .267       
                   34  4 10  3                           32  3  7  3

L Island             0 0 0   2 0 0   0 2 0 -  4 10  0
Bridgeport           0 0 0   0 0 3   0 0 0 -  3  7  1
2B--S.Miranda (1), D.Almonte (4). 3B--A.Bailey (1). HR--J.Simmons (3).
RBI--A.Bailey (11), S.Miranda (2), B.Peacock (1), J.Simmons  3 (10).
HP--S.Burroughs (1). SH--S.Miranda (0), L.Lopez (0). CS--J.Brodin (1).
E--J.Martinez (3). 
LOB--L Island 7, Bridgeport 5. DP--J. Brodin(1B) - D. Lyons(SS), J.
Martinez(SS) - R. Castro(2B) - L. Lopez(1B), R. Castro(2B) - S.
Burroughs(3B) - L. Lopez(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
S.Garceau (W,1-1)               7.0   6   3   3   0   4   1   10.80
E.Niesen                        0.2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
L.Rosales (S,7)                 1.1   1   0   0   1   1   0    1.93
                                9     7   3   3   1   5   1
 Bridgeport
H.Jones                         7.0   6   2   1   3   1   0    2.74
T.Gustafson (L,0-1)             1.0   3   2   2   0   3   0    4.15
B.Omogrosso                     1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0   11.57
                                9    10   4   3   3   5   0
WP--L.Rosales (1). HB--E.Niesen (3). SO--C.Puckett 2, J.Brodin, R.Strieby,
B.Peacock, J.Simmons, R.Castro, D.Almonte 2, L.Rodriguez. BB--J.Brodin,
D.Lyons 2, D.Almonte. BF--S.Garceau 26 (88), E.Niesen 3 (42), L.Rosales 6
(41), H.Jones 29 (96), T.Gustafson 6 (37), B.Omogrosso 3 (11).
P-S--S.Garceau 104-72, E.Niesen 16-9, L.Rosales 23-14, H.Jones 108-65,
T.Gustafson 22-15, B.Omogrosso 9-6. 
T--2:41.  A--1333
23 minute rain delay in the top of the 2nd inning

Weather: Upper 50's-Threat of Rain
Plate Umpire - Derek Moccia, Field Umpire #1 - Richard Katz, Field Umpire #3 - Joseph DeCrescenzo