(Central Islip, N.Y., May 20, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-3 in waddle-off fashion on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady was magnificent for the Ducks, coming within six outs of a no-hitter. He surrendered a single hit in seven innings, yielding a single to center field by Adam Donachie to begin the eighth inning. The righty walked three batters and struck out eight in the outing.
Long Island took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on a mammoth solo home run to left field by Alex Burg off of Patriots starter Rick Teasley. The Ducks doubled the advantage to two in the eighth on Anthony Vega’s two-out RBI single to left.
Teasley lasted seven and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs on five hits while striking out nine. Somerset rallied back for three runs in the ninth to take a 3-2 lead. Carlos Guzman’s two-run double tied the game, and an RBI single by Adam Donachie put the Patriots in front.
For the second straight night, the Ducks rallied back in the bottom of the ninth to win in walk-off fashion. An RBI double by Marc Krauss tied the game at three, and an error by Patriots second baseman Tyler Bortnick on a ground ball off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo brought home Krauss with the winning run.
Zac Treece (3-1) picked up the win after recording the final two outs in the ninth. Ronnie Shaban (0-1) took the loss, yielding two runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
The Ducks and Patriots wrap up their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:35 pm, with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for full-season ticket holders). It’s a Sunday Family Funday at the ballpark! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks. After the game, kids and kids at heart can take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Right-hander Tim Melville (1-2, 3.19) takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots righty David Kubiak (2-2, 2.45).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action online on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.