Right-hander strikes out 10 over eight innings of one-run ball in High Point
(High Point, N.C., Sept. 25, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the High Point Rockers 8-1 on Wednesday night at BB&T Point in Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Long Island now leads the best-of-five series two games to none.
High Point took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single to left field by Myles Schroder off Ducks starter Vin Mazzaro. Long Island responded with a three-run third inning off Rockers starter Craig Stem to go in front 3-1. A two-run triple to right-center field by Steve Lombardozzi and an RBI single up the middle by Lew Ford did the damage.
It stayed that way until the sixth when another three-spot increased the Ducks lead to 6-1. Ford’s RBI double down the left field line and L.J. Mazzilli’s two-run home run to left field highlighted the inning. A leadoff solo homer to left by Daniel Fields in the seventh and an RBI single up the middle by Rey Fuentes in the ninth rounded out the scoring.
Mazzaro (1-0) earned the win, tossing eight innings of one-run (unearned) ball, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out 10 batters. Stem (0-1) took the loss, yielding six runs on six hits and two walks over five and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. Brian Matusz tossed a scoreless ninth, striking out one, to finish off the game.
Ford led the Flock at the plate with three hits, two RBIs and a run. Mazzilli added two hits, two RBIs and a run, while Lombardozzi drove in and scored two runs apiece.
The Ducks and Rockers now return to Long Island for Game Three on Friday 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Thunderstix, courtesy of Newsday. In addition, every time the Ducks score a run during the game, one lucky fan will win a gift card, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:10 p.m. for pre-game introductions of the two teams. Right-hander Seth Simmons (8-8, 3.86) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Rockers righty Joe Van Meter (10-6, 2.30).
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