Ducks Walk-Off on Rockers' Error
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - The Long Island Ducks scored three times in the bottom of the ninth and tallied the winning run on the fourth error of the night by High Point to beat the Rockers 7-6 on Thursday night at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
With High Point holding a 6-4 lead in the ninth, the Rockers called on reliever Nefi Ogando to close the game. With one out, Johnni Turbo singled before Steve Lombardozzi and L.J. Mazzilli each walked to load the bases. Brock Stassi followed with a single to center to tie the game with Mazzilli moving to third. When Stassi attempted to steal second, catcher Logan Moore's throw skipped into the outfield allowing Mazzilli to score the winning run.
The Rockers had broken a 4-4 tie in the eighth when James McOwen singled to right to score Joe Johnson who led off the inning with a single. With McOwen at second, Michael Russell singled to left and when Mazzilli bobled the ball, McOwen was able to continue home to extend High Point's lead to 6-4.
The loss negated another strong outing by starter Luke Westphal. The lefty pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just four hits and three earned runs, leaving with the game tied at 4.
Ogando took the loss, allowing two hits, three runs, two earned, and walking two in his one-third of an inning.
The Rockers jumped out to a 1-0 in the first inning when James McOwen walked, moved to second on a single by Michael Russell and scored on a Stuart Levy's single to center.
High Point extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the second. Edwin Arroyo led off the frame with a walk, and moved to third on a double to right field by Moore. Randy Norris, who was activated prior to Wednesday's game, grounded out to third, scoring Arroyo. Giovanny Alfonzo was hit by a pitch and Cesar Trejo drew a walk to load the bases. McOwen grounded into a 3-6-3 double play that scored Moore for the second run of the inning.
The Ducks scored twice in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a pair of Rockers' errors.
The Rockers extended their lead to 4-2 in the fifth when Russell singled and scored from first on a double by Jared Mitchell. Long Island tied the game with a pair of runs in the sixth, using a single, a double and a sacrifice fly.
The Rockers will head to Charleston, W.Va. to start a three-game series with the West Virginia Power. Friday night's game time at 7:05 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park.
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