LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Ray Navarrete erupts for two home runs and sets the Ducks' all-time hits mark.
Ray Navarrette is in his sixth season with the Long Island Ducks. He's struggled mightily to start the season. And heading into last night's game he was still batting below the .200 line while leading the team in at-bats. But, Manager Kevin Baez never even considered spelling his veteran.
Last Friday, May 20th, Ray celebrated his 33rd Birthday. And last night, he decided to pop some corks to celebrate. Two Ray Navarrete home runs; one in the first inning to stake Long Island to an early lead, and then his game winning blast in the ninth inning put the whole team in a festive mood.
The three run, game winning home run also happened to be Ray Navarrete's 616th hit as a Long Island Duck. He is now the Ducks' all-time hits leader. He surpasses the Ducks' previous hit record set by Justin Davies.
A return to his reliable offensive contributions can go a long way towards getting the Ducks back in first place again.