Ducks Sweep Doubleheader with Offensive Showcase
(Camden, N.J., June 5, 2015) - The Long Island Ducks swept a day/night doubleheader from the Camden Riversharks on Friday at Campbell's Field, winning the opener 9-3 and the nightcap 13-2.
The Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game one against Riversharks starter Zachary Clark on Cody Puckett's RBI single to right field and a run-scoring double play ball off the bat of Jon Griffin. The Riversharks pulled to within a run in the third on Eddie Sorondo's RBI double to center off of Ducks starter Mark Rogers.
Long Island opened up the game with a four-run fifth. Dan Lyons scored on an error, Bryan Sabatella scored on a wild pitch, and Jose Morales delivered a two-run single to highlight the frame. After Evan Crawford's two-run homer in the bottom of the frame cut the lead to 6-3, the Ducks added three more in the sixth to push their advantage to six. Sabatella's RBI single and Prentice Redman's two-run double did the damage.
Rogers (2-3) collected the victory, tossing five innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two. Clark (0-2) took the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits and five walks while striking out one in four and one-third innings. The Ducks bullpen tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Sabatella led the Flock with four hits and three runs, while Lyons added three hits and two runs. The win was Ducks manager Kevin Baez's 300th of his five-year managerial career.
In game two, Griffin put the Ducks ahead in the first inning with a two-run home run to left field off of Riversharks starter Bill Murphy. A sacrifice fly by Lyons in the second increased the lead to 3-0.
The Ducks blew the game open with a nine-run fourth inning to knock Murphy out of the game. Delta Cleary, Jr.'s two-run single, Griffin's two-run double and four RBI singles highlighted the frame. Following Norberto Susini's RBI single in the fourth, Puckett delivered a RBI single in seventh to cap the scoring for the Flock.
Barbosa (2-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and two walks while striking out 10. Murphy (1-5) suffered the loss, yielding 12 runs on 11 hits and four walks with two strikeouts in three and one-third innings. Frank DeJiulio, Jr. pitched two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.
Cleary, Jr. led the Ducks with three hits, while Griffin drove in four runs and Lyons added three RBI.
Long Island and Camden wrap up their four-game set on Saturday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. at Campbell's Field. Right-hander Ian Marshall takes the mound for the Ducks against Riversharks righty Eric Smith. Fans can follow all of the action on the Ducks' flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming audio will also be available online.
The Ducks will return home on Sunday, June 7 to begin a four-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for season ticket holders). Fans in attendance at the game will be treated to a special one-day only appearance from Spider-Man, courtesy of Atlantic Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM. The famous superhero will be greeting fans and posing for pictures on the main concourse outside the Waddle In Shop.
It's also a Sunday Family Funday at the ballpark! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks from 12:50 to 1:05. Following the game, kids and kids at heart can take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Tickets the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX.
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