October 5, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks
(Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 4, 2012) - The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 9-4 on Thursday night in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The best-of-five series is now tied at one game apiece.
The Ducks jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, courtesy of Brandon Sing's RBI infield single off Barnstormers starter John Halama. It stayed that way until the fourth when Lancaster took a 3-1 lead on a two-run homer by Ryan Harvey and a solo blast by Travis Denker off Ducks starter Matt Way.
Long Island rallied to tie it with single runs in the fifth and sixth on a RBI fielder's choice by Kraig Binick and a RBI single by Dan Lyons. However, a run-scoring single by Gilberto Mejia in the bottom of the sixth gave Lancaster the lead right back.
Tim Hamulack tried to close it out for the "Stormers in the ninth, but the Ducks scored six runs to take a 9-4 lead and put the game out of reach. A game-tying single by Sing, a go-ahead three-run double by Lyons, and RBI singles from Mitch Canham and Binick did the damage.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Way allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings, and Halama yielded three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in five and one-third innings. Jared Lansford (2-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, and Hamulack (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding six runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Lyons led the Ducks with three hits and four RBI, while Sing and Ray Navarrete added two hits apiece.
The series shifts to Bethpage Ballpark on Friday night for Game Three between the Ducks and Barnstormers. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05 p.m. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Championship Series Rally Towels, courtesy of News 12. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravagnza.
Tickets for the game and all Ducks home playoff games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or visiting www.liducks.com. Fans unable to make the game can follow all the action live on the radio at MyCountry 96.1 FM and online at LIDucks.com by clicking the Watch Live icon on the homepage. Streaming video and audio will be provided by iBN, the Internet Broadcast Network.