(Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 13, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 15-10 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Ducks batted around and plated four runs in the first inning for a second straight day to take a 4-0 lead. Alejandro De Aza drew a bases loaded walk, Joe DeCarlo lined a two-run single to left field and Scott Kelly was hit by a pitch from Barnstormers starter Nile Ball with the bases loaded. Lancaster answered with a two-out, two-run double to right by Wilson Garcia in the bottom of the first, cutting the Ducks lead in half.
Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single up the middle in the third pushed Long Island’s advantage to 5-2. However, a five-run bottom of the third gave the Barnstormers a 7-5 lead. Yeison Coca’s RBI single, Ariel Sandoval’s RBI fielder’s choice, Chad Sedio’s RBI double and Chris Proctor’s two-run homer did the damage. Two more runs in the fourth on a throwing error that scored Melvin Mercedes and Andretty Cordero’s RBI groundout made it 9-5.
Long Island trimmed the deficit to one in the fifth on Guzman’s RBI double and Boog Powell’s two-run single. Lancaster got the runs back though in the bottom of the frame on Trace Loehr’s two-run single and a wild pitch that scored Loehr. Two runs scored on a single to left by Ruben Tejada in the seventh, closing the gap to 12-10. The Barnstormers plated three more runs though in the eighth on Sandoval’s two-run double and Garcia’s RBI double to round out the scoring.
Ball did not factor into the decision but pitched three innings, allowing five runs on three hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Dominic DiSabatino (5-8) collected the win with two innings in relief, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Stock (9-4) took the loss, conceding 12 runs (11 earned) on 12 hits in five innings with five strikeouts.
Guzman led the Ducks offense with three hits, two RBIs and two runs. DeCarlo added two hits, two RBIs, two runs and three walks.
The Ducks and Barnstormers wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Fans can follow the action live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE. Left-hander Ian Clarkin (3-4, 5.69) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Barnstormers southpaw Brady Tedesco (0-1, 3.60).
Long Island returns home on Friday, September 15, for their final series of the regular season, a three-game set against the High Point Rockers. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark, and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Seat Cushions, courtesy of Good Samaritan University Hospital. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
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