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WILLIAMS WADDLES OFF PAST BLUEFISH


(Central Islip, N.Y., June 7, 2012) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 6-5 in waddle-off fashion on Thursday night in the rubber game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME VIDEO: Navarrete's RBI single, Gorecki's great catch and two-run double and Williams' walk-off homer

POSTGAME VIDEO: Williams, Kevin Baez and Randy Keisler talk about the waddle-off victory


Bridgeport drove in a run in the first with a RBI sac fly by Prentice Redman off Ducks starter Randy Keisler, but Long Island quickly evened the score in their half of the frame on a RBI single from Ray Navarrete off Bluefish starter Isaac Hess. Luis Rodriguez put the Bluefish back on top with a solo home run in the second and added another RBI with a double to left-center field in the fourth, giving the visitors a 3-1 advantage.

Long Island took the lead with three runs in the sixth on a sac fly by Dan Lyons and a two-run double by Reid Gorecki, and added an insurance run in the seventh on a run-scoring single from Lyons. However, a solo homer by Brock Peterson in the eighth and a run-scoring wild pitch in the ninth tied the game at five apiece.

Shawn Williams quickly turned frustration to elation with a walk-off home run to left leading off the bottom of the ninth.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Keisler tossed seven and one-third innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out six, and Hess gave up four runs on eight hits in five and one-third innings of work. Jon Meloan (3-0) would get the win despite allowing the tying run in one inning of relief, and Pike (1-3) took the loss after giving up the game-winning homer.

Kraig Binick and Gorecki paced the Ducks with three hits apiece, while Lyons and Gorecki chipped in two RBI apiece.

Long Island hits the road to face the York Revolution on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Fans can follow all the action live on the radio at MyCountry 96.1 FM and online at www.liducks.com by clicking the Listen Live icon on the homepage.

The Ducks return home on Thursday, June 14 to begin a four-game series, as they host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35. It’s Health Night at the ballpark, and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive T-Shirts, courtesy of North Shore LIJ/Southside Hospital. Tickets for the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or visiting www.liducks.com.

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Duck Tales: With two hits, Ray Navarrete has now reached base safely in his last 25 games, the longest on-base streak by a Duck this season and second-longest active streak in the Atlantic League. The seven-year Duck has also picked up hits in 22 of his last 25 games and now has 14 multi-hit games this year…The waddle-off win was the Ducks’ third walk-off victory in 2012 and the second for Williams. The 28-year-old hit a walk-off single to defeat the Somerset Patriots on May 20…The Ducks continued their success when leading after seven innings this season, improving to 18-1 with tonight’s win. The victory was also the team’s 13th come-from-behind win this year, and the Ducks are now 9-9 when the opponent scores first…With three hits, Reid Gorecki tied Ray Navarrete for the team lead with four three-hit games this season. Binick’s three-hit game was his second of the season.


GAME DATE: 06/07/2012
Bridgeport Bluefish  5 AT Long Island Ducks  6

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
E.Ayala LF          4  1  0  0  .147  K.Binick CF         5  1  3  0  .281
E.Rogers SS         4  0  0  0  .262  R.Gorecki RF        4  0  3  2  .333
P.Redman DH         4  0  0  1  .286  R.Navarrete DH      4  0  2  1  .342
B.Peterson 1B       4  2  3  1  .267  M.Esquivel LF       5  0  1  0  .333
L.Lopez 3B          4  0  0  0  .256  B.Sing 1B           4  2  1  0  .221
L.Rodriguez C       4  1  2  2  .286  B.Nelson 3B         4  0  1  0  .245
J.Simmons CF        4  0  0  0  .105  W.Ortiz 2B          2  1  0  0  .256
P.Barrows RF        2  0  0  0  .296   S.Williams 2B,PH   1  1  1  1  .375
 K.Jones PH,RF      1  1  1  0  .306  J.Johnson C         2  1  0  0  .243
P.Lopez 2B          3  0  1  0  .245  D.Lyons SS          2  0  1  2  .256
                   34  5  7  4                           33  6 13  6

Bridgeport           1 1 0   1 0 0   0 1 1 -  5  7  0
L Island             1 0 0   0 0 3   1 0 1 -  6 13  3
2B--B.Peterson (10), L.Rodriguez (4), K.Binick (7), R.Gorecki 2 (8), B.Sing
(9), B.Nelson (11). HR--B.Peterson (10), L.Rodriguez (3), S.Williams (3).
RBI--P.Redman (23), B.Peterson (32), L.Rodriguez  2 (13), R.Gorecki  2
(14), R.Navarrete (29), S.Williams (19), D.Lyons  2 (23). HP--J.Johnson
(2). SF--P.Redman (2), D.Lyons (4). SH--E.Rogers (0), W.Ortiz (0).
SB--K.Jones (9). CS--R.Gorecki (3). E--B.Sing (3), B.Nelson (5), J.Johnson
(5). 
LOB--Bridgeport 7, L Island 13. DP--E. Rogers(SS) - B. Peterson(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Bridgeport
I.Hess                          5.1   8   4   4   2   1   0    6.40
J.Bateman                       0.2   2   0   0   1   0   0    6.75
J.Bayliss                       1.0   1   1   1   3   1   0    3.12
R.Lewis                         1.0   1   0   0   1   0   0    0.90
M.Pike (L,1-3)                  0.0   1   1   1   0   0   1    4.15
                                8    13   6   6   7   2   1
 L Island
R.Keisler                       7.1   6   4   3   1   6   2    2.49
J.Hill                          0.2   0   0   0   0   0   0    3.42
J.Meloan (W,3-0)                1.0   1   1   1   2   1   0    1.66
                                9     7   5   4   3   7   2
WP--J.Bayliss (1), J.Meloan (1). HB--I.Hess (1). SO--E.Ayala, E.Rogers,
P.Redman, L.Lopez, J.Simmons 2, P.Barrows, B.Sing, W.Ortiz. BB--E.Ayala,
P.Barrows, P.Lopez, R.Gorecki, R.Navarrete, B.Sing, B.Nelson, W.Ortiz,
J.Johnson, D.Lyons. BF--I.Hess 26 (201), J.Bateman 5 (109), J.Bayliss 6
(111), R.Lewis 5 (81), M.Pike (71), R.Keisler 31 (186), J.Hill 2 (99),
J.Meloan 6 (91). P-S--I.Hess 79-46, J.Bateman 22-15, J.Bayliss 25-10,
R.Lewis 22-10, M.Pike 4-2, R.Keisler 107-66, J.Hill 8-6, J.Meloan 31-16. 
T--3:20.  A--5308
 
Umpires: Plate Ump - Mike Terry, Field Ump #1 - Pat McLaughlin, Field Ump #2 - Eric Diaz