(Photo courtesy of Sam Graham)

(Lexington, Ky., July 10, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lexington Legends 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series at Wild Health Field.

Alejandro De Aza put the Ducks in front in the third inning with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line off Legends starter Jalen Miller. It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when a two-out, two-run home run to left field by Dwight Smith Jr. tied the game at two.

Lexington went on to win the game in the 10th inning. Courtney Hawkins hit a one-out grounder to third with the bases loaded, but Deibinson Romero’s throw home to try and retire Tillman Pugh was just late.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starter Akeel Morris threw six and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six. Miller lasted five innings, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Henry Owens (1-3) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief, striking out two. Sandy Baez (3-2) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits in one and one-third innings.

The Ducks return home on Tuesday night to begin another three-game set with the Legends. 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 Irish Heritage Night at the ballpark, and the Ducks will be celebrating Irish culture throughout the ballgame. It’s also 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 Scott Harkin (5-6, 3.75) gets the start for the Ducks against Legends righty Daniel Corcino (2-7, 5.83).

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).

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