Ducks overcome four-run deficit for dramatic victory over Skeeters
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)
(Sugar Land, Texas, July 15, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 5-4 on Monday night in the fourth game of a six-game series at Constellation Field.
Both teams traded zeroes over the first three innings until the Skeeters put up a four-spot in the fourth off Ducks starter Joe Iorio. An RBI single to center field by Denis Phipps and a three-run homer to left from Zach Borenstein did the damage.
Long Island responded with two runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Vladimir Frias and a run-scoring error off the bat of Ezequiel Carrera against Skeeters starter Troy Scribner, trimming the deficit to 4-2. A two-run single down the left field line by Rey Fuentes in the seventh evened the score at four.
One inning later, Lew Ford tripled into the right field corner to lead off the frame and then scored on a wild pitch by Matt West to put the Flock in front 5-4. The Skeeters tried to rally in the eighth and ninth, putting the tying run in scoring position in both innings. However, Enrique Burgos recorded the final four outs to preserve the win.
Scribner did not factor into the decision, lasting five innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Iorio (4-1) earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. West (1-3) took the loss, giving up a run on one hit and one walk in one inning. Enrique Burgos collected his 12th save with one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out two.
Carrera, Ford and Frias each had two hits to lead the Ducks offensively. Frias drove in a run, scored one as well and drew two walks.
The Ducks and Skeeters continue their six-game set on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT (7:05 p.m. CDT) at Constellation Field. Fans 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. Right-hander Kevin McAvoy (0-1, 8.36) takes the mound for the Ducks against Skeeters southpaw Matt Purke (2-4, 5.84).
Long Island returns home on Friday, July 19, to kick off a four-game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 4:20 for a special pre-game softball game. It’s a Flashback Friday at the ballpark, and fans will be able to enjoy 2000 season pricing ($8/$9) on select Ducks individual game tickets purchased via the team’s in-game vendors (restrictions apply). In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for a free regular sub (no purchase necessary) and $2 off any size sub at Jersey Mike’s Subs to fans as they exit the ballpark. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
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