(Central Islip, N.Y., July 27, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Spire City Ghost Hounds 6-5 in waddle-off fashion on Thursday night in the final game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Neither side dented home plate until a five-run fifth inning gave the Ghost Hounds the lead. RBI doubles by Leobaldo Cabrera and Jose Marmolejos, an RBI single by Jimmy Paredes and a two-run double by Kole Cottam did the damage. Long Island closed the gap to 5-2 when Carlos Castro scored from third on a simultaneous caught stealing in the fifth and Castro drew a bases loaded walk in the sixth.
Long Island rallied to tie the game at five with three two-out runs in the ninth. Alejandro De Aza’s RBI single to center and Alex Dickerson’s two-run single to left pulled the Flock even. The Ducks then won the game in the bottom of the 10th when Wilson Ramos scored from third on a wild pitch.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Ghost Hounds starter Dustin Beggs tossed five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out two. Ducks starter Kyle Lobstein conceded five runs on eight hits and four walks over four and one-third innings with three strikeouts. Al Alburquerque (4-0) collected the win after tossing a scoreless 10th inning, striking out two. Jack Weinberger (1-5) took the loss after giving up the winning run in the 10th.
Castro led the Flock offensively with three hits, an RBI, a run and a walk. Dickerson added two hits, two RBIs and a walk.
The Ducks continue their homestand on Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Gastonia Honey Hunters. 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 Hispanic Heritage Night, and the Ducks will be rebranded to be known as Papas Playas. The team will be wearing special jerseys and hats for the game, with the jerseys being auctioned off on the LiveSource Mobile App. It’s also a Tap Room Friday and Grand Slam Friday at the ballpark. Right-hander Robert Stock (5-2, 5.44) gets the start for the Ducks against Honey Hunters righty Orlando Rodriguez (1-0, 8.00).
Tickets to 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 live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8.5 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).
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