CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — The Long Island Ducks defeated the Newark Bears 11-3 at Suffolk County Sports Park in Central Islip, New York.
The Ducks took an early advantage in the home second inning. Erick Monzon and Ray Navarrete brought in runs on an RBI groundout and single up the middle to make it 2-0 Long Island.
After an hour and twenty-six minute rain delay, the teams returned to the field and the Duck bats came alive against Bubba O’Donnell. Long Island sent 11 batters to the plate in the third inning and brought in six runs to extend the lead to 8-0. Dustin Mohr ripped a two-run shot just to left of the scoreboard, a two-run single by Robinson Cancel and a RBI double off the bat of John Rodriguez were the big blows of the frame.
Mohr pushed the lead to nine runs with a solo shot to start the fourth inning. In the fifth, former Bear Javier Colina ripped a RBI double to the wall in center to plate Rodriguez and it was 10-0 Ducks. Jake Dittler frustrated the Bears as he pitched five scoreless frames, stranded five base runners and collected two 1-2-3 innings.
Daryle Ward broke the shutout in the sixth off reliever Jason Norderum as he blasted his 10th home run of the season to make it 10-1. Carl Everett, who finished 3-for-4, brought in Elijah Dukes and Ward in the visitor’s seventh with a two-run, two-out double off reliever Chris McCoy. Long Island added a run in the eighth as Rodriguez plated Matt Cavagnaro, who started the inning with a double, to put the Flock up 11-3.
Dittler (8-6) notched the win, scattering six hits, with three strikeouts. O’Donnell (4-5) was dealt the loss, allowing nine runs, four earned, with two strikeouts and three walks in three plus innings of work.
Newark continues the road trip and the series against Long Island on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at Suffolk County Sports Park. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com as David Greenwald provides the play-by-play.
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