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BLUEFISH BATS DROP DUCKS IN SERIES FINALE

Eight-run seventh inning gives Bridgeport victory

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 23, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 11-3 on Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark in the final game of a three-game series.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series finale

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Brendan Harris talk about the game and upcoming road trip

A sacrifice fly off the bat of Luis Lopez and a RBI single by Luis Rodriguez off Ducks starter John Brownell in the first inning gave Bridgeport a 2-0 lead. Long Island answered with a run in the second on a RBI double to center field by Bill Hall off Bluefish starter Joe Bateman.

The Bluefish got the run back in the fifth before an eight-run seventh inning put the game out of reach. RBI singles from Ramon Castro and Rodriguez, a two-run fielding error and a three-run home run by Juan Martinez highlighted the damage. A RBI single by Brendan Harris in the seventh and a solo homer by Jon Myers in the ninth closed the deficit to eight, but that was as close as the Ducks would come.

Bateman (1-3) earned the win, tossing five innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Brownell (9-6) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings.

Cody Puckett led the Flock with three hits, while Harris, Hall and Adam Bailey each had two.

The Ducks hit the road for 10 games beginning on Thursday with the opener of a three-game set against the Camden Riversharks. Game time is slated for 11:05 a.m. from Campbell’s Field. Right-hander Bobby Blevins takes the mound for the Ducks against Riversharks righty Greg Miller. Fans can follow all the action online with live streaming audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

Long Island returns home on Saturday, August 2 to open a three-game series against the York Revolution. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. It’s Military Appreciation Night at the ballpark! Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Northrop Grumman. 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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Duck Tales: Despite seeing his hitting streak come to an end, Fehlandt Lentini extended his on-base streak to 22 consecutive games. During the streak, he is batting .303 (30-for-99). The first-year Duck leads the Atlantic League in hits (113), doubles (27) and at-bats (352) while ranking third in runs (56) and fourth in batting average (.320)…Lew Ford drew a walk on Wednesday and has now reached base in 10 consecutive games and 18 of his last 19 contests. The 2014 All-Star leads the Atlantic League in hits (113) and games played (82) while ranking second in batting average (.356), RBI (60), runs (60), total bases (170), on-base percentage (.429)…Brendan Harris picked up two hits and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 16 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is hitting .320 (16-for-50). The former big leaguer has also now drawn a walk in seven consecutive games, earning 10 walks in that span, and is now tied with Lew Ford for the team-lead in walks this year with 35…Jon Myers’ solo home run in the ninth inning was his third of the season and first since July 8. Long Island has now hit 54 homers as a team this season, 30 of which have come at Bethpage Ballpark... Wednesday's crowd of 6,435 was the Ducks' eighth past-capacity crowd of the season and second of the homestand. Long Island has now hosted 635 sold-out crowds all-time, an Atlantic League record.


Game Date: 07/23/2014
Bridgeport Bluefish  11 AT Long Island Ducks  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
J.Simmons CF        5  3  3  1  .306  F.Lentini CF        4  0  0  0  .320
P.Redman RF         4  2  1  0  .275  C.Puckett 2B        5  1  3  0  .284
R.Castro 3B         5  1  2  1  .262  L.Ford DH           3  0  0  0  .356
C.Wells LF          3  1  1  1  .429   J.Myers PH         1  1  1  1  .237
L.Lopez DH          4  1  0  1  .217  A.Bailey RF         5  0  2  0  .275
L.Rodriguez C       4  1  2  2  .195  B.Harris 3B         4  1  2  1  .290
J.Martinez 2B       4  1  1  3  .218  B.Hall LF           3  0  2  1  .214
A.Gallagher 1B      4  0  1  0  .191  J.Brodin 1B         5  0  0  0  .247
M.Richard SS        4  1  1  0  .277  B.Bantz C           3  0  1  0  .300
                                      S.Miranda SS        5  0  1  0  .194
                   37 11 12  9                           38  3 12  3

Bridgeport           2 0 0   0 1 0   8 0 0 - 11 12  0
L Island             0 1 0   0 0 0   1 0 1 -  3 12  1
2B--B.Hall (1). HR--J.Simmons (12), J.Martinez (5), J.Myers (3).
RBI--J.Simmons (40), R.Castro (28), C.Wells (3), L.Lopez (29), L.Rodriguez 
2 (23), J.Martinez  3 (28), J.Myers (13), B.Harris (20), B.Hall (1).
HP--C.Wells (1), F.Lentini (2), B.Bantz (1). SF--L.Lopez (5). E--S.Miranda
(4). 
LOB--Bridgeport 3, L Island 15. DP--J. Brownell(P) - C. Puckett(2B) - J.
Brodin(1B), J. Martinez(2B) - M. Richard(SS) - A. Gallagher(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Bridgeport
J.Bateman (W,1-3)               5.0   5   1   1   1   2   0    4.75
K.McMillen                      0.2   0   0   0   3   0   0    6.14
J.Chapman                       1.1   4   1   1   0   0   0    3.28
E.Fruto                         1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    4.91
R.Harvey                        1.0   2   1   1   1   3   1    6.48
                                9    12   3   3   5   6   1
 L Island
J.Brownell (L,9-6)              6.2   9   8   5   2   2   1    4.06
J.Lansford                      0.1   3   3   0   0   0   1    3.49
R.Whitenack                     2.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    4.43
                                9    12  11   5   2   2   2
WP--R.Harvey (5). HB--J.Bateman (2), R.Harvey (3), J.Brownell (3).
SO--P.Redman, M.Richard, L.Ford, B.Harris, J.Brodin, B.Bantz 2, S.Miranda.
BB--P.Redman, C.Wells, L.Ford, B.Harris, B.Hall 2, B.Bantz. BF--J.Bateman
21 (177), K.McMillen 5 (99), J.Chapman 8 (159), E.Fruto 4 (17), R.Harvey 7
(42), J.Brownell 31 (516), J.Lansford 4 (125), R.Whitenack 6 (99).
P-S--J.Bateman 70-49, K.McMillen 21-5, J.Chapman 25-17, E.Fruto 9-6,
R.Harvey 23-12, J.Brownell 96-59, J.Lansford 9-6, R.Whitenack 19-13. 
T--3:02.  A--6435

Plate Umpire - Richard Katz, Field Umpire #1 - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #2 - Manolo Alejandro