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DUCKS RALLY PAST YORK WITH FOUR-RUN EIGHTH


(Central Islip, N.Y., May 8, 2012) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the York Revolution 5-2 on Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME VIDEO: Brandon Sing's solo homer, Lew Ford's TWo-Run Triple and Jon Meloan's strikeout to end the game

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Brandon Sing, Lew Ford and Joe Esposito talk about the come-from-behind win

Ducks starter Joe Esposito and Revs starter Ryan Feierabend locked up in a scoreless duel until the bottom of the sixth inning. Ryan Garko’s RBI single to left scored Bryant Nelson to put Long Island in front 1-0. York answered back in the bottom of the eighth with two runs off reliever Jeremy Hill. A RBI single from James Shanks and a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Ramon Castro did the damage.

However, the Flock rallied for four runs in their half of the eighth to jump in front 5-2. Brandon Sing tied the game with a solo homer to left, Lew Ford connected for a two-run triple to right-center to put Long Island ahead, and James McOwen added a RBI single to left to round out the scoring.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Esposito tossed six and one-third innings, including four and one-third no-hit innings to start the game, allowing just two hits and four walks while striking out five. Feierabend pitched six innings, yielding a run on four hits with four punch-outs. Hill (1-0) got the win despite allowing two runs in one and two-third innings, and Adam Thomas (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs in his one inning of work. Jon Meloan earned his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth, striking out Shanks with the bases loaded to end it.

Garko’s three hits led the way for Long Island, while Ford added two hits and two RBI.

The Ducks and Revolution continue their three-game series on Wednesday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35. Right-hander Bob Zimmermann takes the mound for Long Island against York lefty Chris Cody.

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 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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DUCK TALES: With three more hits, Ryan Garko extended his team-leading hitting streak to ten games. He's also reached base safely in all eleven games this year. It was also Garko’s third three-hit game of the season. The former Major Leaguer currently leads the team with seven multi-hit games…Sing’s home run was his team-high fourth of the season and the Ducks’ 11th. Three of Sing’s four homers have either tied the game or put the Ducks ahead…Ford’s triple was his first of the season and the team’s second. The former big leaguer had two triples in 2011 while the Ducks totaled 30…The victory was the Ducks’ fourth consecutive win and the team’s fifth come-from-behind win this year. Long Island finished with 41 comeback wins in 2011.

GAME DATE: 05/08/2012
York Revolution  2 AT Long Island Ducks  5

                                 YTD                                   YTD
York               AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
S.Grimes CF         3  0  0  0  .132  K.Binick LF         3  0  0  0  .220
 L.Rodriguez PH     1  0  0  0  .250  B.Nelson 3B         4  1  1  0  .256
S.Douglas LF        5  0  1  0  .238  B.Sing DH           4  1  1  1  .205
M.Hernandez RF      4  0  1  0  .273  R.Garko 1B          4  0  3  1  .444
C.Nowak 1B          3  1  1  0  .250   W.Ortiz 2B,PR      0  1  0  0  .214
A.Perez 2B          4  1  2  0  .293  R.Navarrete 1B,2B   4  1  1  0  .256
J.Shanks DH         5  0  1  1  .179  L.Ford CF           4  1  2  2  .378
R.Castro 3B         2  0  0  1  .105  J.McOwen RF         3  0  1  1  .303
D.Gonzalez SS       3  0  1  0  .148  J.Johnson C         3  0  0  0  .259
T.Scott C           4  0  1  0  .267  D.Lyons SS          4  0  0  0  .273
                   34  2  8  2                           33  5  9  5

York                 0 0 0   0 0 0   0 2 0 -  2  8  1
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 1   0 4 x -  5  9  0
2B--B.Nelson (1). 3B--L.Ford (1). HR--B.Sing (4). RBI--J.Shanks (5),
R.Castro (3), B.Sing (11), R.Garko (7), L.Ford  2 (11), J.McOwen (2).
HP--S.Grimes (2), C.Nowak 2 (3), K.Binick (2), J.McOwen (1). SF--R.Castro
(1). SB--A.Perez (2), D.Gonzalez (2), J.McOwen (1). E--D.Gonzalez (1). 
LOB--York 13, L Island 7. DP--D. Gonzalez(SS) - A. Perez(2B) - C.
Nowak(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 York
R.Feierabend                    6.0   4   1   1   0   4   0    3.45
D.Garcia                        1.0   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
A.Thomas (L,0-1)                1.0   5   4   4   0   2   1    6.00
                                8     9   5   5   1   8   1
 L Island
J.Esposito                      6.1   2   0   0   4   5   0    7.02
J.Hill (W,1-0)                  1.2   3   2   2   0   2   0   11.12
J.Meloan (S,3)                  1.0   3   0   0   0   2   0    1.29
                                9     8   2   2   4   9   0
WP--D.Garcia 2 (2). HB--R.Feierabend 2 (2), J.Esposito 2 (2), J.Hill (1).
SO--S.Grimes 2, L.Rodriguez, S.Douglas 2, M.Hernandez 2, J.Shanks 2, B.Sing
2, R.Navarrete, J.McOwen 2, J.Johnson, D.Lyons 2. BB--M.Hernandez, A.Perez,
R.Castro, D.Gonzalez, J.Johnson. BF--R.Feierabend 23 (63), D.Garcia 5 (14),
A.Thomas 8 (28), J.Esposito 27 (78), J.Hill 9 (29), J.Meloan 6 (30).
P-S--R.Feierabend 86-57, D.Garcia 23-12, A.Thomas 26-17, J.Esposito 113-62,
J.Hill 32-24, J.Meloan 17-11. 
T--2:59.  A--4378

Umpires: Plate Ump - James Pattison, Field Ump #1 - Ronnie Whitting, Field Ump #2 - Mark Facto