Long Island scores twice with two outs in ninth but cannot top Sugar Land
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)
(Sugar Land, Texas, July 14, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday night in the third game of a six-game series at Constellation Field.
The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Blair Beck’s RBI single to right field off Duck starter Pedro Beato. A two-out solo home run to left field by Juan Silverio in the fifth increased the Sugar Land lead to two.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when the Ducks rallied with two outs to tie the game at two. A two-strike RBI single to left by L.J. Mazzilli and a pinch-hit single to left-center by Daniel Fields, in which Mazzilli scored on a fielding error, highlighted the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, Javier Betancourt sacrificed Albert Cordero to third base to begin the inning. Following an intentional walk, Silverio won the game with an RBI single to left.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Skeeters starter Carlos Pimentel tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Beato gave up two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings with five strikeouts. Daniel Gibson (2-1) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the 10th inning. Michael Tonkin (2-1) suffered the loss, conceding an unearned run on one hit and two walks in one and one-third innings.
Ezequiel Carrera led the Flock offensively with three hits, including a triple. Mazzilli added two hits, an RBI and a run.
The Ducks and Skeeters continue their six-game set on Monday 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 Joe Iorio (3-1, 3.23) gets the start for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Troy Scribner (1-3, 4.84).
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.
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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