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BLUEFISH EDGE DUCKS WITH LATE SURGE

Jake Fisher’s quality start not enough for Flock in series opener

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 8, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 6-5 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME VIDEO: Highlights from Friday's game

POSTGAME VIDEO: Jake Fisher, Marc Krauss and Elmer Reyes talk about the contest

Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out, two-run home run to center field by Welington Dotel off Ducks starter Jake Fisher. Long Island answered back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, two-run double to right by Elmer Reyes off Bluefish starter Ross Seaton.

Two more runs came home for the Flock in the fifth to give them a 4-2 advantage. Delta Cleary Jr.’s RBI double to left with one out and Angelo Songco’s RBI single to center with two outs highlighted the inning.

The Bluefish closed to within one in the sixth when Angelys Nina hit a two-out RBI single to left. It stayed 4-3 until the top of the eighth when Bridgeport sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead. A sacrifice fly to right by Nina and RBI singles by Ozney Guillen and Luis Hernandez did the damage.

Long Island tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, as Marc Krauss launched a two-out solo homer to right-center. However, the Ducks could not pull even.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Fisher pitched six innings of three-run ball in his Ducks debut, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Seaton lasted six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Drake Britton (4-1) collected the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, yielding two hits and striking out one. James Jones (0-1) took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in the eighth. Manny Delcarmen picked up his seventh save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

Reyes led the Flock with two hits and two RBI, while Krauss added two hits an RBI and a run. Both Songco and Alex Burg had two hits as well.

The Ducks and Bluefish continue their three-game set on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Flushing Bank. In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at Dick's Sporting Goods to fans as they exit the ballpark following the fireworks show. Right-hander Bruce Kern (2017 Ducks Debut) takes the mound for the Ducks against Bluefish righty Dominic Severino (0-0, 0.00).

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 on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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Game Date: 09/08/2017
Bridgeport Bluefish  6 AT Long Island Ducks  5

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hernandez, L SS     4  1  2  1  .289  Hinshaw, J RF       5  0  0  0  .322
Cuevas, J 2B        5  0  1  0  .275  Cleary Jr., D CF    5  1  1  1  .269
Dotel, W CF         5  1  2  2  .278  Ford, L LF          5  1  1  0  .282
Galvez, J 1B        4  2  2  0  .277  Krauss, M 1B        4  1  2  1  .289
Lambo, A LF         5  1  1  0  .285  Songco, A DH        5  0  2  1  .265
Molina, G C         3  1  1  0  .220  Gotay, R 3B         4  1  1  0  .267
Nina, A 3B          3  0  2  2  .261  Reyes, E SS         3  0  2  2  .306
Guillen, O RF       4  0  1  1  .248  Burg, A C           3  0  2  0  .229
Gil, J DH           3  0  0  0  .312  Alfonzo, G 2B       4  1  1  0  .294
                   36  6 12  6                           38  5 12  5

Bridgeport           0 0 2   0 0 1   0 3 0 -  6 12  1
L Island             0 0 0   2 2 0   0 0 1 -  5 12  0
2B--Nina, A 3B (8), Cleary Jr., D CF (13), Reyes, E SS (28), Alfonzo, G 2B
(14). HR--Dotel, W CF (4), Krauss, M 1B (21). RBI--Hernandez, L SS (41),
Dotel, W CF  2 (19), Nina, A 3B  2 (31), Guillen, O RF (27), TOTALS  6 (0),
Cleary Jr., D CF (43), Krauss, M 1B (83), Songco, A DH (73), Reyes, E SS  2
(54), TOTALS  5 (0). SF--Nina, A 3B (1). SB--Alfonzo, G 2B (9). CS--Galvez,
J 1B (5). E--Molina, G C (4). 
LOB--Bridgeport 8, L Island 9. DP--J. Cuevas(2B) - L. Hernandez(SS) - J.
Galvez(1B), M. Krauss(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Bridgeport
Seaton, R                       6.0   8   4   4   3   6   0    5.29
Britton, D (W,4-1)              1.0   2   0   0   0   1   0    4.15
Ramirez, E                      1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    1.95
Delcarmen, M (S,7)              1.0   1   1   1   0   1   1    3.93
                                9    12   5   5   3   8   1
 L Island
Fisher, J                       6.0   7   3   3   2   3   1    4.50
Rogers, R                       1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    3.98
Jones, J (L,0-1)                0.0   2   2   2   0   0   0   99.99
Velez, J                        0.1   1   1   1   1   0   0    6.23
Treece, Z                       0.2   1   0   0   0   1   0    3.98
Wilson, T                       1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    5.57
                                9    12   6   6   4   5   1
WP--Ramirez, E (2). SO--Hernandez, L, Cuevas, J, Lambo, A 2, Gil, J,
Hinshaw, J 3, Cleary Jr., D, Krauss, M, Songco, A 2, Gotay, R.
BB--Hernandez, L, Galvez, J, Molina, G, Gil, J, Krauss, M, Reyes, E, Burg,
A. BF--Seaton, R 28 (233), Britton, D 5 (115), Ramirez, E 4 (115),
Delcarmen, M 4 (233), Fisher, J 26 (26), Rogers, R 4 (262), Jones, J 2 (2),
Velez, J 3 (21), Treece, Z 3 (242), Wilson, T 3 (92). P-S--Seaton, R
106-61, Britton, D 16-11, Ramirez, E 17-10, Delcarmen, M 21-13, Fisher, J
94-67, Rogers, R 12-7, Jones, J 7-3, Velez, J 13-6, Treece, Z 11-7, Wilson,
T 13-10. 
T--3:30.  A--5333

Plate Umpire - David Speranza, Field Umpire #1 - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #2 - Jorge Teran