(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 27, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Charleston Dirty Birds 3-2 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series before a past-capacity crowd of 7,063 at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Charleston opened the scoring in the third inning on a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Alfredo Gonzalez. Long Island answered with two runs off Dirty Birds starter Kit Scheetz in the bottom of the frame on Alejandro De Aza’s run-scoring groundout to second and Carlos Castro’s RBI single to left.
It stayed that way until the seventh when the Dirty Birds took the lead back at 3-2 on Yovan Gonzalez’s sac fly to right and Scott Burcham’s bloop RBI single to right. Long Island put the tying and winning runs on in the ninth but could not tie it.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Scott Harkin tossed five innings for the Flock, allowing one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out seven. Scheetz lasted five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Max Tannenbaum (2-4) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless sixth inning. Tyler Webb (2-5) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning with two strikeouts. Ricardo Gomez earned his first save with two scoreless innings of relief, working around two hits and a walk while striking out three.
The Ducks and Dirty Birds wrap up their three-game set on Sunday evening. Game time is slated for 5:05 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 4:05 (3:50 for full season ticket holders). It’s Jewish Heritage Night, presented by the Jewish Community Centers of Long Island. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Clear Tote Bags. It’s also a Sunday Family Funday, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Prior to the game, fans will be invited down for a Catch on the Field from 4:10 to 4:30. After the game, fans of all ages are also invited to take part in Kids Run the Bases. Right-hander Chris Cepeda (3-1, 3.50) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Dirty Birds lefty Derrick Adams (6-7, 4.52).
Tickets for the game, and all Ducks games, are available by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8 million fans have enjoyed the Ducks brand of affordable, fun entertainment at Fairfield Properties Ballpark since inception in 2000. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
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