Turbo collects a pair of hits in the loss

(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

(High Point, N.C., August 8, 2021)
– The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the High Point Rockers 9-1 on Sunday night in the rubber game of a three-game weekend series at Truist Point.

High Point took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning against Long Island starting pitcher Darin Downs courtesy of back-to-back two-out run-scoring singles produced by Jerry Downs and Stuart Levy. The Rockers jumped out in front 4-0 in the last of the fourth thanks to an RBI double off the bat of Jay Gonzalez and a run-scoring base hit produced by Jared Mitchell.

The home team scored four more times in the seventh to open up a commanding 9-0 advantage by way of RBI base hits from Johnny Field ad Michael Martinez and a two-run double down the left field line produced by Downs. Long Island would crack the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as Breland Almadova drove home Johnni Turbo with a pinch-hit triple into the gap in left centerfield for his team-leading second three-base hit on the campaign, giving the game its final score of 9-1.

Downs (1-3) was tagged with the loss after surrendering four runs on 11 hits in three innings pitched while walking three and hitting a batter. High Point starting pitcher Tommy Lawrence (6-2) earned the win, allowing one run on seven hits in eight-plus innings of work, striking out six.

Turbo led the way for Long Island with a pair of hits along with a run scored.

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, August 10, to begin a four-game set with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game one of the single admission doubleheader is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders. Game two will begin approximately 25-30 minutes after the completion of game one, and both games are slated for seven innings. It’s Irish Night at the ballpark, presented by Shandon Court, and a Triple Play Tuesday. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased 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 in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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