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Dontrelle Willis has solid effort as Ducks win on walk-off

Starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis of the Long Island

Starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis of the Long Island Ducks delivers against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. (July 15, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The 6,310 fans in attendance at Saturday night's Ducks game against Camden at Bethpage Ballpark were going to be treated to a postgame fireworks show regardless of the result. Joash Brodin gave them a reason to celebrate a win, too. For the second night in a row, he proved he has a flair for the dramatic.

After the Riversharks scored a run in the top of the ninth on Billy Rice's RBI single, Brodin capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the inning, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the Ducks' 4-3 victory.

On Friday, Brodin capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off grand slam that gave the Ducks an 11-8 win. He finished with two home runs and seven RBIs.

"It's very exciting. The crowds were into it, and to give them a walk-off win again is great," Ducks manager Kevin Baez said. "At the end of the game, it seems like Brodin is always in the mix, which is great. He's a quality player and he's playing well for us right now."

With the Ducks trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Kraig Binick hit a one-out double to the gap in left-center. After Dan Lyons grounded out to third, Brodin was intentionally walked. Josh Barfield singled through the hole between first and second to drive in the tying run and moved to second on the throw to the plate while Brodin advanced to third.

After Bryant Nelson was intentionally walked, Bill Hall fell in an 0-and-2 hole before Camden pitcher Jon Velasquez threw one in the dirt that got away from catcher Raul Padron, allowing Brodin to score.

"It says a lot about our team," Baez said. "They have a never-say-die attitude and that's a great quality to have."

Dontrelle Willis started for the Ducks, allowing two runs, five hits and four walks in eight innings. It was the seventh consecutive start in which the former major-leaguer has allowed three or fewer runs.

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