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DEFENSIVE MISCUES COST DUCKS IN SERIES FINALE

Bridgeport rallies past Long Island in extra innings

(Bridgeport, Conn., May 7, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 7-6 in 14 innings on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series finale in Bridgeport

The Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning on Lew Ford’s run-scoring groundout and Jon Griffin’s RBI double off of Bluefish starter Scott Maine. Three more runs in the second increased the lead to 5-0. RBI singles from Bryan Sabatella and Cody Puckett, along with a RBI double by Ford, did the damage.

Bridgeport closed to within three on two-out RBI singles by Ryan Babineau in the second and James Simmons in the third off of Ducks starter Ian Marshall. A two-run fifth inning, highlighted by Sean Burroughs’ RBI single and a sac fly from Simmons, made it a 5-4 game. The Bluefish would tie the score in the seventh on a run-scoring wild pitch thrown by Amalio Diaz.

It remained even until the top of the 11th when Dan Lyons delivered a single to left-center, and an error on the play plated Reegie Corona. However, a dropped fly ball in left and a RBI double by Ildemaro Vargas knotted the score at six in the bottom of the inning. The score stayed 6-6 until the 14th when a throwing error on a potential inning ending double play ball scored John Alonso with the winning run.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Marshall tossed five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five. Maine lasted five and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Sam Gervacio (1-1) collected the win with one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief. Matt Soren (0-1) took the loss, allowing an unearned run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Corona led the Flock with three hits, while Puckett added two.

The Ducks return home on Friday to begin a four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for season ticket holders). The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Ducks Pin Pennant, as part one of the 2015 Collector’s Series. It will also be Fowl Pole Friday, and if a select Ducks player hits a home run off of either foul pole during the game, one lucky fan will win $50,000. In addition, the Ducks will be running the Friday night Pizza Hut K-Man promotion. If the K-Man strikes out during the ballgame, fans will be able to redeem their game ticket for an order of free breadsticks at a participating Pizza Hut location. Finally, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for a buy one hour, get one hour free of bouncing offer from Air Trampoline Sports to fans as they exit the ballpark. Left-hander Eric Niesen gets the start for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Chuckie Fick.

Tickets to the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming video and audio will also be available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

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Game Date: 05/07/2015
Long Island Ducks  6 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  7 (EXTRA INNINGS)

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
B.Sabatella RF      6  1  1  1  .236  N.Van Stratten CF   6  2  2  0  .321
P.Redman CF         5  2  1  0  .222  S.Burroughs 3B      4  0  1  1  .341
L.Ford DH           6  1  1  2  .245  J.Simmons LF        2  0  1  2  .244
C.Puckett 3B        7  0  2  1  .283   R.Polonia LF       0  0  0  0  .250
J.Griffin 1B        7  0  1  1  .146   J.Rosa LF,PH       3  0  0  0  .083
J.Morales C         5  0  0  0  .189  A.Rodriguez 1B      6  0  0  0  .156
E.Crawford LF       4  0  0  0  .211  J.Alonso DH         7  1  2  0  .302
 E.Komatsu LF,PH    1  0  0  0  .115  W.Dotel RF          7  1  3  0  .370
R.Corona 2B         6  2  3  0  .364  R.Babineau C        7  0  1  1  .410
D.Lyons SS          4  0  1  0  .195  L.Rodriguez 2B      6  3  4  0  .250
                                      I.Vargas SS         4  0  1  1  .298
                   51  6 10  5                           52  7 15  5

L Island             2 3 0   0 0 0   0 0 0   0 1 0   0 0 -  6 10  2
Bridgeport           0 1 1   0 2 0   1 0 0   0 1 0   0 1 -  7 15  2
2B--L.Ford (4), J.Griffin (1), R.Corona (1), I.Vargas (3). RBI--B.Sabatella
(6), L.Ford  2 (9), C.Puckett (8), J.Griffin (8), S.Burroughs (7),
J.Simmons  2 (9), R.Babineau (7), I.Vargas (5). SF--J.Simmons (3).
SH--D.Lyons (0), I.Vargas 2 (0). SB--B.Sabatella 2 (5), P.Redman (1),
D.Lyons (2), N.Van Stratten (3), W.Dotel (2). E--E.Crawford (1), R.Corona
(1), J.Rosa (1), A.Rodriguez (2). 
LOB--L Island 11, Bridgeport 13. DP--C. Puckett(3B) - J. Griffin(1B), R.
Corona(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J. Griffin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
I.Marshall                      5.0   6   4   4   1   5   0    2.25
B.Kern                          1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.69
A.Diaz                          1.0   1   1   1   2   1   0    3.86
H.Ambriz                        1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.50
P.Crider                        0.1   1   0   0   0   0   0    7.50
R.Kussmaul                      2.2   3   1   0   3   1   0    0.00
T.Organ                         2.0   2   0   0   0   3   0    7.50
M.Soren (L,0-1)                 0.2   2   1   0   0   1   0    5.40
                             13.2    15   7   5   6  13   0
 Bridgeport
S.Maine                         5.2   6   5   5   4   4   0    4.70
C.Scarpetta                     1.1   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
L.Perdomo                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.42
T.Gustafson                     1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    1.80
P.Mincey                        1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
E.Draxton                       1.0   2   1   0   1   2   0    2.70
M.Iannazzo                      1.1   2   0   0   0   1   0    6.10
S.Gervacio (W,1-1)              1.2   0   0   0   0   3   0    2.70
                               14    10   6   5   7  13   0
WP--I.Marshall (2), A.Diaz (2), M.Iannazzo 2 (2). SO--P.Redman 2, L.Ford,
C.Puckett, J.Griffin 3, J.Morales, E.Crawford 4, D.Lyons, N.Van Stratten 2,
A.Rodriguez 2, J.Alonso 5, R.Babineau 3, I.Vargas. BB--B.Sabatella,
P.Redman 2, L.Ford, J.Morales, E.Crawford, D.Lyons, N.Van Stratten,
S.Burroughs 3, R.Polonia, A.Rodriguez. BF--I.Marshall 22 (64), B.Kern 3
(20), A.Diaz 6 (30), H.Ambriz 3 (24), P.Crider 2 (28), R.Kussmaul 13 (30),
T.Organ 8 (29), M.Soren 4 (17), S.Maine 27 (76), C.Scarpetta 5 (5),
L.Perdomo 3 (23), T.Gustafson 4 (24), P.Mincey 3 (19), E.Draxton 6 (33),
M.Iannazzo 6 (44), S.Gervacio 5 (41). P-S--I.Marshall 82-54, B.Kern 16-8,
A.Diaz 25-13, H.Ambriz 21-12, P.Crider 4-3, R.Kussmaul 44-24, T.Organ
27-19, M.Soren 13-8, S.Maine 100-61, C.Scarpetta 20-10, L.Perdomo 11-9,
T.Gustafson 11-5, P.Mincey 6-5, E.Draxton 20-11, M.Iannazzo 21-12,
S.Gervacio 25-16. 
T--4:24.  A--2378

Weather: Warm and Clear
Plate Umpire - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #1 - Freddy DeJesus, Field Umpire #3 - Christopher Carroll