(Central Islip, N.Y., May 30, 2024) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Gastonia Baseball Club 2-1 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Both starters were fabulous in the ballgame but did not factor into the decision. Emilio Marquez tossed seven scoreless innings for the Ducks, allowing just one hit – a second-inning double by Justin Wylie – and one walk while striking out eight batters. Nick Wells threw five scoreless innings for Gastonia, conceding just three hits while striking out six.

Neither team dented home plate until the top of the eighth when Gastonia plated the game’s first run, as Justin Wylie scored on a wild pitch by Ramon Santos. Long Island responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. Scott Kelly’s RBI single to left field and Ivan Castillo’s sacrifice fly to center highlighted the comeback.

Ramon Santos (2-1) picked up the win despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning. Bryan Blanton (2-2) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. Matt Seelinger earned his sixth save of the season with a scoreless ninth, working around a leadoff walk while striking out the side.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Friday night when they open a three-game series against the York Revolution. 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 Tap Room Friday, and as fans exit the ballpark, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for 20% off your entire check (dine-in) and 50% off your first online or mobile app order from Tap Room. Left-hander Mike Montgomery (0-1, 4.82) gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution southpaw Ethan Lindow (1-3, 9.42).

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 live on FloBaseball by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks are in their 24th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. They are the all-time leader in wins and attendance in Atlantic League history, led all MLB Partner Leagues in attendance in 2023, and have sold out a record 706 games all-time. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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