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BROWNELL'S MASTERPIECE LEADS DUCKS PAST 'SHARKS

Right-hander strikes out 12 to earn fourth win of season

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 22, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Camden Riversharks 10-1 on Friday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series-opening win

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, John Brownell and Jon Griffin talk about the victory

Brandon Chaves led off the game with a solo home run to right field off of John Brownell to put Camden in front. Jose Morales answered back in the second with a two-run single to center off of Riversharks starter Bill Murphy to put Long Island ahead 2-1.

The Ducks extended their advantage to 7-1 with four runs in the third and another in the fourth. RBI singles by Cody Puckett and Lew Ford, along with a three-run home run to right by Jon Griffin, highlighted the scoring. Bryan Sabatella’s two-run double and Ford’s RBI double in the eighth capped the scoring.

That was more than enough for Brownell (4-1) to earn the win, as the right-hander tossed eight innings, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 12 batters. Murphy (1-3) took the loss, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and four walks in four innings.

Sabatella led the Flock with three hits and added two RBI and three runs. Ford, Puckett and Griffin each finished with two hits.

The Ducks and Riversharks continue their four-game set with a day/night doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is slated to begin at 1:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:05 (11:50 for full season ticket holders), and is scheduled for seven innings. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Doug Jennings #7 Jersey Pin as part four of six in the 2015 Collector's Series. Be sure to pick up this unique giveaway item and celebrate the career of one of the all-time Ducks greats! Right-hander Sergio Perez will take the mound for the Ducks against Riversharks righty Zachary Clark.

First pitch for game two is set for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders), and is scheduled for nine innings. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza. In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for discounts at Dick’s Sporting Goods to fans following both games. Right-hander Ian Marshall gets the start for the Ducks against Riversharks southpaw Ryan Kulik.

Tickets to both games 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 twinbill can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available for game one by CLICKING HERE and for game two by CLICKING HERE. The nightcap can also be heard on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio.

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Duck Tales: John Brownell struck out 12 batters in Friday’s game, more than any other Ducks pitcher in a single game this year. It marked the first time in Brownell’s four seasons with Long Island that he struck out 12 or more batters during a regular season game. The only other time the right-hander struck out 12 in a game as a Duck was in Game One of the 2013 Liberty Division Championship Series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs...Jon Griffin’s three-run home run in the third inning was his team-leading fifth homer of the season. He has now hit three home runs in Long Island’s last two home games after going deep twice on May 14 against Bridgeport. With two hits and three RBI, he earned his eighth multi-hit game and fifth multi-RBI contest. The first-year Duck now has multiple hits in three consecutive games and in seven of his last eight contests, compiling a .469 batting average (15-for-32) in that span…Lew Ford collected a hit and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 15 consecutive games. During the streak, the former big leaguer is batting .448 (26-for-58) with eight doubles, one triple, three homers, 24 RBI and 11 runs scored. Ford has driven in or scored at least one run in 10 consecutive games and has picked up a hit in 12 of his last 15 games. With two hits and two RBI, he earned his team-leading 12th multi-hit and ninth multi-RBI contest…Prentice Redman extended his team-leading on-base streak to 17 consecutive games with a single and a walk. He has reached base safely in each game that he has played as a Duck. During the streak, he has drawn 14 walks, including at least one in nine of his last 10 games...Bryan Sabatella earned his third three-hit game of the year, which ties him with Ford for the team lead. The Long Island native now has eight multi-hit games overall. Sabatella’s two RBI earned him his third multi-RBI contest of 2015.

 

Game Date: 05/22/2015
Camden Riversharks  1 AT Long Island Ducks  10

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Camden             AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
B.Chaves SS         4  1  1  1  .312  B.Sabatella RF      4  3  3  2  .257
E.Crawford CF,LF    4  0  0  0  .221  R.Corona 2B         4  0  0  0  .341
R.Strieby 1B        4  0  1  0  .290  L.Ford CF           4  1  2  2  .362
M.Costanzo 3B       3  0  0  0  .244  C.Puckett 3B        5  1  2  1  .286
 S.Bull LF          1  0  0  0  .208  J.Griffin 1B        3  2  2  3  .283
J.Guzman DH         3  0  0  0  .295  P.Redman DH         3  1  1  0  .235
C.Guzman RF         3  0  1  0  .234  J.Morales C         4  1  1  2  .208
J.Gil C             2  0  0  0  .290  D.Cleary Jr. LF     3  1  1  0  .286
N.Susini 2B         3  0  0  0  .000  D.Lyons SS          4  0  0  0  .272
M.Rockett 3B,CF     3  0  0  0  .253       
                   30  1  3  1                           34 10 12 10

Camden               1 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  3  1
L Island             0 2 4   1 0 0   0 3 x - 10 12  0
2B--B.Sabatella 2 (7), L.Ford (11). HR--B.Chaves (1), J.Griffin (5).
RBI--B.Chaves (6), B.Sabatella  2 (12), L.Ford  2 (31), C.Puckett (14),
J.Griffin  3 (18), J.Morales  2 (4). SH--D.Cleary Jr. (0). SB--B.Sabatella
(11). E--Z.Braddock (1). 
LOB--Camden 3, L Island 6. DP--C. Guzman(RF) - J. Gil(C). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Camden
B.Murphy (L,1-3)                4.0   8   7   7   4   0   1    5.34
E.Smith                         3.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    5.00
Z.Braddock                      1.0   3   3   0   1   0   0    4.70
                                8    12  10   7   5   1   1
 L Island
J.Brownell (W,4-1)              8.0   2   1   1   1  12   1    2.38
F.DeJiulio Jr.                  1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    3.12
                                9     3   1   1   1  13   1
WP--B.Murphy (1), Z.Braddock (2). SO--B.Chaves 2, E.Crawford, R.Strieby 2,
M.Costanzo, S.Bull, J.Guzman, C.Guzman 2, J.Gil 2, N.Susini, J.Griffin.
BB--J.Gil, B.Sabatella, R.Corona, L.Ford, J.Griffin, P.Redman. BF--B.Murphy
22 (145), E.Smith 10 (35), Z.Braddock 8 (37), J.Brownell 27 (160),
F.DeJiulio Jr. 4 (42). P-S--B.Murphy 76-47, E.Smith 32-18, Z.Braddock
45-31, J.Brownell 109-66, F.DeJiulio Jr. 14-9. 
T--2:32.  A--4783
 
Plate Umpire - David Speranza, Field Umpire #1 - James Grillo, Field Umpire #2 - Thomas Gandolfo, Jr.