Fields, Nieuwenhuis and Frias go yard as Flock win third consecutive game
(Photo courtesy of George A. Faella)
(Central Islip, N.Y., June 23, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-4 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Daniel Fields put the Ducks on top in the second inning with a line drive three-run home run over the right field wall of Barnstormers starter Kyle Davies. A throwing error allowed Devon Torrence to score in the third, cutting the Ducks lead to 3-1, but a solo homer to right by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the bottom of the frame restored the three-run advantage.
Lancaster closed to within 4-3 on Dan Gamache’s fourth-inning solo homer and fifth inning sacrifice fly off Ducks starter Darin Downs. However, an RBI single by David Washington and an RBI double by Ramon Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth stretched the Ducks lead to 6-3.
The Barnstormers made it a two-run game in the seventh on a sac fly to center by Darian Sandford. However, they’d get no closer, and Vladimir Frias’ solo homer to right in the eighth rounded out the scoring.
Downs did not factor into the decision but lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro (2-3) picked up the win in relief, tossing two and one-third innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit with one strikeout. Davies (4-4) took the loss, conceding six runs on eight hits and five walks over five and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Enrique Burgos collected his sixth save with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
Washington led the Flock with three hits, an RBI and two runs scored, while Cabrera and Rando Moreno each added two hits.
The Ducks continue their homestand on Tuesday night when they open a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Dang BBQ. It’s also a Teal Tuesday, and the Ducks will be wearing their brand new teal-colored 20th Anniversary Season jerseys and caps during the game. In addition, select 20th Anniversary merchandise will be available at discounted prices in the Waddle In Shop during the game.
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the 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 video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
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