The Long Island Ducks (21-17) came very close in the ninth inning to getting a comeback victory, on this game though it was the Lancaster Barnstormers (24-17) claiming a 4-2 victory in Atlantic League of Professional Baseball action on Thursday night.
Lancaster First Baseman Brock Kjeldgaard did most of the damage for the night, not only recording an RBI single in the top of the first inning. Kielgaard went deep for a three-run shot in the bottom of the third to account for all the damage done by the Barnstormers.
Long Island gave it their best shot at a comeback attempt as an RBI double by Adam Bailey cut the lead, but the Ducks were not able to add on any more, as Lancaster was able to earn the victory in the finale of the long homestand.
Bailey, who had three hits on the night for his third three-hit contest of the year. The second-year Ducks now has eight multi-hit game in 2014.
Other noticeable hitting performances came from Second Baseman Cody Puckett, who extended his on-base streak to 28 games with a walk in the first inning. That is the longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this season. Puckett has at least one hit in 23 of the 28 games during the streak.
The Atlantic League Player of the Month of May Outfielder Lew Ford continued to swing a hot stick, with his two hits in the game the Captain moved into a tie with Puckett for the team lead in two-hits games with 10 this season. Ford now has a team-best 17 multi-hit games in 2014.
Ducks starter Fernando Hernandez (2-3) had another gutty outing, surrendering four runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
Long Island will now hit the road on Friday for a five-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Right-hander Jared Lansford (1-1, 4.50 ERA) will take the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Gabriel Hernandez (0-2, 5.83 ERA).
The Ducks will next be at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday, June 11 as the Ferry Cup Series returns, when the guys take on the Bridgeport Bluefish in a three-game series. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with gates opening at 5:35.
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Starter Fernando Hernandez and Outfielder Adam Bailey: