Ducks drop fourth in row, lose to Sugar Land, 2-1

Ducks center fielder Lew Ford makes the grab Ducks center fielder Lew Ford makes the grab on a Skeeter fly ball. (Sept. 8, 2013) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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The Ducks had a checklist of streaks to take care of during Sunday's home game with Sugar Land.

Lew Ford extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Bryant Nelson extended both his hitting streak to six and multihit game streak to four.

But the most important streak on the line was the Ducks' three-game losing skid and their nine-game losing streak against Sugar Land that dated to June 22. Unfortunately for the Ducks, those streaks were extended too, in a frustrating 2-1 defeat.

The Ducks had 10 hits but grounded into two double plays, were just 1-for-3 stealing bases and stranded two runners on base in three different innings.

Sugar Land scored in the first when Jeff Dominguez led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and came home on a groundout to second by Brian Burgamy. In the third, the Skeeters made it 2-0 with a two-out rally that started with Ryan Langerhans' triple to right. He scored two batters later on Josh Pressley's single.

The Ducks chipped away at the Skeeters' lead in the sixth when Adam Bailey knocked a two-out RBI single up the middle that scored Nelson from second and moved Bill Hall from first to third. But the Ducks would get no closer, as Ralph Henriquez popped out to center to end the inning.

David Pauley (5-3) earned the win for Sugar Land, allowing one run in six innings. Ducks starter Shaun Garceau allowed just two runs and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Since joining the Ducks on Aug. 30, Garceau (1-1) has allowed just three runs in 14 innings over two starts.

The Ducks' lead over Bridgeport in the Liberty Division was narrowed to two games with seven games remaining in the season after Bridgeport's victory over York Sunday. The Ducks' magic number to clinch the division remains at five games.

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