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DUCKS DROP SERIES FINALE IN BRIDGEPORT


(Bridgeport, Conn., May 3, 2012) – The Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Long Island Ducks 8-2 on Thursday night in the final game of a three-game series at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Chris King catches up with Ducks catcher Josh Johnson

Bridgeport jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Ducks starter Joe Esposito with four runs in the first and three more in the second. A grand slam by Colin DeLome, a two-run triple from Joey Gathright and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kennard Jones did the damage.

Long Island responded with a run in the third off Bluefish starter Paul Oseguera on a sac fly to right by Dan Lyons. A RBI single from Lew Ford in the eighth cut the deficit to five, but the Ducks could not inch closer.

Oseguera (1-0) picked up the win, tossing six innings, allowing a run on five hits while striking out six. Esposito (0-2) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on five hits and seven walks in six innings of work.  

Shawn Williams led the Ducks with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate, picking up two singles and two doubles. Ryan Garko added two hits as well for Long Island.

The Ducks return to Bethpage Ballpark for the 2012 home opener on Friday night, as they take on the Camden Riversharks. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a “Whistle Guy” Bobblehead, courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son. Right-hander Bob Zimmermann gets the start for Long Island against Camden southpaw Keith Weiser.

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. Fans unable to attend the game can follow 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 available on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ducksbaseball, courtesy of the Internet Broadcast Network.

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GAME DATE: 05/03/2012
Long Island Ducks  2 AT Bridgeport Bluefish  8

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Bridgeport         AB  R  H BI   AVG
K.Binick LF         5  0  0  0  .152  J.Gathright CF      4  2  1  2  .258
W.Ortiz 3B          5  0  0  0  .100  K.Jones LF          2  0  0  1  .448
B.Sing 1B           4  1  0  0  .172  L.Lopez DH          3  1  1  0  .261
R.Garko C           3  0  2  0  .393  R.Vazquez 3B        5  0  1  0  .320
L.Ford CF           3  0  1  1  .321  B.Peterson 1B       3  1  0  0  .053
J.McOwen RF         4  0  0  0  .250  C.DeLome RF         4  1  2  4  .400
R.Gorecki DH        3  1  0  0  .000  P.Lopez 2B          4  0  1  0  .300
S.Williams 2B       4  0  4  0  .750  E.Rogers SS         3  2  2  1  .278
D.Lyons SS          2  0  1  1  .250  A.Flores C          4  1  2  0  .500
                   33  2  8  2                           32  8 10  8

L Island             0 0 1   0 0 0   0 1 0 -  2  8  0
Bridgeport           4 3 0   0 0 0   0 1 x -  8 10  0
2B--R.Garko (1), S.Williams 2 (3). 3B--J.Gathright (1). HR--C.DeLome (1),
E.Rogers (1). RBI--L.Ford (4), D.Lyons (4), J.Gathright  2 (6), K.Jones
(5), C.DeLome  4 (4), E.Rogers (2). HP--D.Lyons (3). SF--D.Lyons (2),
K.Jones (1). SB--J.Gathright (3), K.Jones 2 (3). 
LOB--L Island 10, Bridgeport 8. DP--E. Rogers(SS) - P. Lopez(2B) - B.
Peterson(1B), D. Lyons(SS) - S. Williams(2B) - B. Sing(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
J.Esposito (L,0-2)              6.0   5   7   7   7   4   1   11.32
E.Niesen                        2.0   5   1   1   0   1   1    5.79
                                8    10   8   8   7   5   2
 Bridgeport
P.Oseguera (W,1-0)              6.0   5   1   1   2   6   0    1.80
J.Bayliss                       1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
B.Furnish                       0.0   1   1   1   2   0   0   19.29
J.Bateman                       2.0   1   0   0   0   3   0    4.50
                                9     8   2   2   4  10   0
HB--J.Bateman (2). SO--W.Ortiz 4, B.Sing, L.Ford 2, J.McOwen 2, R.Gorecki,
J.Gathright, K.Jones, R.Vazquez, E.Rogers, A.Flores. BB--B.Sing, R.Garko,
L.Ford, R.Gorecki, J.Gathright, K.Jones 2, L.Lopez 2, B.Peterson, E.Rogers.
BF--J.Esposito 30 (51), E.Niesen 10 (23), P.Oseguera 25 (42), J.Bayliss 4
(25), B.Furnish 3 (20), J.Bateman 7 (25). P-S--J.Esposito 111-58, E.Niesen
37-24, P.Oseguera 103-61, J.Bayliss 13-9, B.Furnish 16-5, J.Bateman 26-19. 
T--2:51.  A--1287

Weather: Cool with Drizzle
Umpires: Plate Ump - Matt Beaver, Field Ump #1 - Matt Hensel, Field Ump #3 - Chase Edmonson