(Lexington, Ky., July 8, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lexington Legends 2-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Wild Health Field.
Lexington pushed across the first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the first inning. Boog Powell doubled to right-center, and Tillman Pugh followed with an RBI single up the middle.
It stayed that way until the top of the ninth inning. Sam Travis singled to right to put the tying run on base before Dustin Woodcock launched a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run to right that put the Flock in front 2-1.
The Legends tried to rally in the ninth, getting back to back hits from Isaias Tejeda and Jordany Valdespin. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with nobody out. However, Kai-Wei Lin struck out Montrell Marshall and induced a game-ending double play off the bat of Rusber Estrada.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starter Stephen Tarpley threw seven innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Legends starter Wes Albert tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five. Ryan Meisinger (1-1) earned the win after throwing a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out two. Austin Adams (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in the ninth. Lin picked up his second save after escaping the jam to pitch a scoreless ninth inning.
Woodcock led the Flock offensively with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.
The Ducks and Legends continue their three-game set on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Wild Health Field. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Anderson DeLeon (3-2, 4.32) takes the mound for the Ducks against Legends lefty Thomas Dorminy (3-3, 6.89).
Long Island returns home on Tuesday night to begin another three-game set with the Legends. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Irish Heritage Night at the ballpark, and the Ducks will be celebrating Irish culture throughout the ballgame. It’s also a Triple Play Tuesday. If the Ducks turn a triple play during the game, one lucky fan will win $25,000. Simply sign up prior to first pitch at the Ticket Kiosk on the main concourse to be eligible. Tickets for the game, and all Ducks games, are available by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
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