Reid Gorecki returned home yesterday and brought his family a present. Check that, he brought them two.
Making his first appearance on Long Island since the Ducks traded him to the Camden Riversharks nearly 10 months ago, the East Rockaway product gave his former team a glimpse of what it's missed. In front of family and friends, Gorecki hit two home runs to lead the Sugar Land Skeeters to an 8-4 victory over the Ducks.
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"It was special," Gorecki said. "I love hitting a homer at home in front of my family. I loved hitting here last year."
Gorecki entered the game batting .167, but it made no difference once he stepped inside the familiar confines of Bethpage Ballpark.
With a runner on second and one out in the top of the first inning, Gorecki gave the Skeeters a two-run lead when he hit the ball over the leftfield fence against lefthander Bill Murphy.
Six innings later, Gorecki added an insurance run for the Skeeters with a solo shot off Ian Snell.
He finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs -- tripling his season home run total and doubling his RBIs.
"He's a good player," Ducks manager Kevin Baez said. "He hit two homers today, so I'm sure he's feeling good. You come back here to the team that traded you, I'm sure he wanted it. Everyone wants to do good against your old team."
Murphy was tagged with his eighth loss of the season and remains winless in 2013. After getting roughed up for four runs in the first inning on two two-run home runs, he settled down, but the damage was done. He was pulled after five innings, allowing five runs -- four of which were earned -- and striking out three.
"You never want to go just five innings," Murphy said. "The first inning got me and after that, I was fine, so I just have to find a way to get a little bit deeper into games."
The Ducks had late chances to tie or take the lead but stranded runners in scoring position in each of the final three innings.
After the Skeeters tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth, the Ducks again threatened. They loaded the bases with one out, but Ben Broussard and Bill Hall struck out to end the game.