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RUIZ'S BIG NIGHT LEADS DUCKS PAST 'SHARKS

Former big leaguer drives in seven runs in victory

(Camden, N.J., June 18, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Camden Riversharks 11-8 on Wednesday night in the second game of a four-game series at Campbell’s Field.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Long Island's second consecutive win

Long Island opened the scoring in the second with two runs off Riversharks starter Greg Miller. A RBI groundout off the bat of Jan Vazquez and a run-scoring throwing error by Bryant Nelson did the damage. Camden responded with two in the bottom of the frame off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins on a run-scoring error by Joash Brodin and a RBI single by Mike Albaladejo.

Randy Ruiz put the Flock back on top in the third with a grand slam to right-center field. Following a RBI single by Alex Hudak in the bottom of the third, the Ducks got the run back in the fourth on a RBI single to left by Cody Puckett.

The Ducks carried a 7-4 lead into the eighth inning when they added another four-spot. Ruiz lined a three-run double down the right field line, and Adam Bailey added a RBI single to center. Jose Julio-Ruiz hit a grand slam to right in the bottom of the eighth, but the Riversharks would get no closer.

Blevins (4-1) earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. Miller (0-3) took the loss, yielding seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and three walks in four innings. Jon Meloan earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth inning.

Puckett led the Flock with three hits, while Ruiz finished with seven runs batted in, tying a season-high for a Ducks batter (Lew Ford, May 28 at Lancaster). The seven RBI were also one shy of the franchise record of eight set by John Rodriguez on June 9, 2011 at Lancaster.

The Ducks and Riversharks continue their four-game set on Thursday night. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Campbell’s Field. Right-hander Shaun Garceau takes the mound for the Ducks against Riversharks righty Pedro Liriano. Fans can follow all the action live on the Ducks official YouTube channel, with live streaming audio available by CLICKING HERE.

Long Island returns home on Saturday, June 21 for a day/night doubleheader with the Sugar Land Skeeters. First pitch for game one is slated for 1:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:05. It’s peanut-free day at the ballpark! There will be no sale of peanuts during the game to allow those suffering from peanut allergies the chance to attend a baseball game. Game two is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with the ballpark gates opening at 6:05. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by NYCB. Tickets for the game and every Ducks regular season home game 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: 06/18/2014
Long Island Ducks  11 AT Camden Riversharks  8

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Camden             AB  R  H BI   AVG
F.Lentini RF        5  1  2  0  .321  Z.MacPhee LF        5  1  2  0  .224
C.Puckett 2B        4  2  3  1  .294  P.Matera 2B         5  0  1  0  .245
L.Ford CF           3  2  1  0  .391  B.Nelson 3B         4  2  1  0  .241
R.Ruiz DH           5  2  2  7  .293  J.Julio-Ruiz 1B     5  1  1  4  .313
A.Bailey LF         4  1  2  1  .281  B.Pounds SS         4  1  1  0  .303
J.Brodin 1B         5  1  2  0  .252  A.Hudak CF          5  1  3  1  .306
S.Miranda 3B        4  0  0  0  .222  B.Van Kirk RF       4  1  0  1  .254
J.Vazquez C         3  1  0  1  .212  R.Strieby DH        4  1  3  1  .273
D.Lyons SS          4  1  0  0  .253  M.Albaladejo C      4  0  1  1  .264
                   37 11 12 10                           40  8 13  8

L Island             0 2 4   1 0 0   0 4 0 - 11 12  2
Camden               0 2 1   0 1 0   0 4 0 -  8 13  1
2B--R.Ruiz (6), B.Nelson (7), R.Strieby (10). 3B--B.Pounds (5). HR--R.Ruiz
(5), J.Julio-Ruiz (7). RBI--C.Puckett (31), R.Ruiz  7 (25), A.Bailey (32),
J.Vazquez (5), J.Julio-Ruiz  4 (28), A.Hudak (28), B.Van Kirk (19),
R.Strieby (21), M.Albaladejo (19). SH--S.Miranda (0). SB--A.Hudak (3).
E--C.Puckett (9), J.Brodin (5), B.Nelson (8). 
LOB--L Island 7, Camden 9. DP--C. Puckett(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J.
Brodin(1B), C. Puckett(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J. Brodin(1B), B. Pounds(SS) -
J. Julio-Ruiz(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
B.Blevins (W,4-1)               6.0   9   4   3   2   2   0    3.39
E.Niesen                        1.0   1   0   0   1   0   0    2.66
B.Lorin                         1.0   3   4   4   1   0   1    2.11
J.Meloan (S,5)                  1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.82
                                9    13   8   7   4   3   1
 Camden
G.Miller (L,0-3)                4.0   9   7   6   3   0   1    5.28
S.Toler                         3.0   1   0   0   1   2   0    3.63
J.Lujan                         0.2   0   3   3   3   1   0   40.48
J.Lucas                         1.1   2   1   1   0   0   0    7.71
                                9    12  11  10   7   3   1
SO--R.Ruiz, S.Miranda, J.Vazquez, B.Pounds, A.Hudak 2. BB--C.Puckett,
L.Ford 2, A.Bailey, J.Vazquez 2, D.Lyons, B.Nelson, B.Pounds, B.Van Kirk,
R.Strieby. BF--B.Blevins 30 (274), E.Niesen 4 (109), B.Lorin 7 (84),
J.Meloan 3 (40), G.Miller 24 (137), S.Toler 10 (66), J.Lujan 5 (5), J.Lucas
6 (20). P-S--B.Blevins 103-68, E.Niesen 17-8, B.Lorin 31-19, J.Meloan 12-8,
G.Miller 78-45, S.Toler 33-24, J.Lujan 21-8, J.Lucas 22-12. 
T--3:20.  A--1680

Weather: Hot and Humid, 90 degrees
Plate Umpire - John Harrington, Field Umpire #1 - Harry Greer, Field Umpire #2 - Tony Senia