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Prentice Redman's walk-off single in 10th lifts Ducks over Riversharks

Long Island Ducks manager Kevin Baez congratulates Prentice

Long Island Ducks manager Kevin Baez congratulates Prentice Redman (28) on the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning in a game against Camden, Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Bethpage Ballpark. Credit: George A. Faella

What's in a name? Camden Riversharks pitcher Dan Blewett probably wishes it was something else.

Blewett (pronounced "blew-it") allowed a bloop single by Prentice Redman in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday that drove in Lew Ford and gave the Ducks a walk-off 3-2 victory in front of 4,529 fans at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.

"With two strikes, [Blewett] tried to go up and in with a fastball," Redman said. "I knew if it got down, Lew would score. I hit it off the end of the bat a little bit. I was saying, 'Get down!' "

It did get down, and Ford was able to score after the ball rolled past leftfielder Ryan Strieby's outstretched glove.

"I didn't see him miss it," Ford said. "I was going the whole time."

Ford reached base by turning an 11-pitch at-bat into a one-out single. He advanced to second when Cody Puckett's sky-high pop fly landed between third baseman Mike Costanzo and shortstop Brandon Chaves just inside the foul line on the outfield grass behind third base.

Redman said Ford's lengthy at-bat helped him figure out Blewett.

"He was mowing down everybody," Redman said. "I thought, 'Is this dude hittable?' Then Lew got up there and had an outstanding at-bat."

Ryan Kussmaul earned the win in relief, his first of the year. But the afternoon wasn't completely glory-filled for Kussmaul, who blew the save. The Ducks (17-13) were one strike away from a relatively routine victory when Costanzo launched a home run to dead center on a full-count pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth.

The home run spoiled an impressive outing by Ducks starter Andrew Barbosa, who was signed Tuesday after spending the beginning of the year in the Diamondbacks' organization. Barbosa allowed one run and four hits in five innings, striking out four.

Barbosa threw 64 pitches after tossing 41 in three innings in his first start against York last week. Before that, he had not faced live batters since April 20, but in two starts, his ERA is 1.13.

"I felt good today," Barbosa said. "I kind of wanted to go back out there. I felt a lot better this start than I did going three innings last time."

Camden struck first, touching up Barbosa for a run in the first. The Ducks tied the score on Delta Cleary's RBI double in the second inning and took a 2-1 lead on Bryan Sabatella's sacrifice fly in the fifth, which held up until Costanzo's homer in the ninth.

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