(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Charleston Dirty Birds 8-2 on Sunday evening in the rubber game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Charleston took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on Alfredo Gonzalez’s run-scoring groundout and Diego Goris’ RBI single to center off Ducks starter Chris Cepeda. An RBI single to left by Deibinson Romero off Dirty Birds starter Derrick Adams in the bottom of the third closed the gap to 2-1.
A three-run fourth inning put the Ducks in front 4-2. Joe DeCarlo’s solo homer to left and RBI singles by L.J. Mazzilli and Lew Ford highlighted the inning, with Ford’s single being the 1,000th hit of his Ducks career. He becomes the fourth player in Atlantic League history to reach the milestone (Bryant Nelson, Jeff Nettles and Ray Navarrete) and the first two do so entirely in a Ducks uniform.
Romero added an RBI single to center in the seventh to make it a 5-2 game. A three-run eighth, highlighted by Anfernee Seymour’s two-run single and Phil Caulfield’s RBI single, rounded out the scoring.
Cepeda (4-1) earned the win, tossing six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and no walks while striking out three. Adams (6-8) took the loss, conceding four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in six innings with seven strikeouts.
Romero led the Flock with three hits and two RBIs, while Ford added three hits as well plus an RBI. Seymour finished with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
The Ducks continue their homestand on Tuesday night when they open a three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. 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 a Triple Play Tuesday! If the Ducks turn a triple play during the game, one lucky fan will win $25,000. Simply sign up prior to first pitch at the Ticket Kiosk on the main concourse to be eligible. Right-hander (5-9, 5.75) gets the start for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Cameron Gann (6-8, 5.69).
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.
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