(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 2, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks defeated Lancaster Barnstormers 4-3 on Saturday night in the second game of a four-game series before a past-capacity crowd of 6,961 at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
The Ducks took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on Ruben Tejada’s RBI single to left field and Alex Dickerson’s sac fly to left off Barnstormers starter Jared Lakind. Andretty Cordero responded with a solo homer to left in the fourth off Ducks starter Joe Iorio, closing the gap to 2-1.
Long Island extended the lead to 4-1 in the sixth on a bases loaded walk by Jonathan Guzman and an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat off Scott Kelly. A two-out, two-run single through the right side by Yeison Coca in the eighth trimmed the Ducks lead to one, but the Flock held the lead to preserve the win.
Iorio (5-8) earned the win, tossing five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two. Lakind (8-4) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks in five and one-third innings with three strikeouts. Jose Jose pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Tejada led the Flock offensively with two hits and a run batted in. Guzman added a hit, an RBI, a run and a walk.
The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Reusable Sunglass/Eyeglass Lens Cleaners, courtesy of AARP. It’s also a Sunday Family Funday, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Prior to the game, fans will be invited down for a Catch on the Field from 12:40 to 1:00. After the game, fans of all ages are also invited to take part in Kids Run the Bases. Left-hander Ian Clarkin (3-3, 4.82) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Matt Swarmer (2-1,2.49).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home 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 the action live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8.5 million fans have enjoyed the Ducks brand of affordable, fun entertainment at Fairfield Properties Ballpark since inception in 2000. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
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