(Bridgewater, N.J., June 13, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks fell to the Somerset Patriots 7-2 Tuesday night at TD Bank Ballpark in the opener of a three-game series.
The Ducks (26-25) got on the board first in the top of the second, taking a 1-0 lead on an Angelo Songco solo home run off Patriots starter Rick Teasley.
Long Island’s advantage was erased in the bottom of the second, when Tyler Bortnick connected for a two-run single off Rafael Perez to put Somerset (31-20) ahead 2-1. The Patriots would tack on an unearned run in the bottom of the third, and erupted for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead, ignited by five hits and a catcher’s interference call.
Perez (4-2) lasted 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, striking out two and not issuing a walk. He gave way to Henry Hirsch, who threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Songco launched a mammoth home run over the wall in right field for his second round-tripper of the game. The Ducks outfielder now has two multi-homer games this season and leads the club with 13 long balls. Teasley (5-1) allowed two home runs in his seven innings of work, striking out two and not walking a batter.
Tyler Levine allowed one hit in two innings and kept the Patriots off the scoreboard, but the Ducks were unable to muster a comeback against the Patriots bullpen.
The Ducks continue their three-game series against the Somerset Patriots on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action 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. Right-hander John Brownell (4-1, 2.81) gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots righty David Kubiak (2-5, 3.69).
Long Island returns home on Monday, June 19 to open up a four-game set with the Patriots. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Health Night at the ballpark, presented by Northwell Health, and the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive Commemorative Purple T-Shirts. It’s also a Military Monday, and as a thank you to the men and women of the armed forces who risk their lives to keep us safe, active military members (with valid military ID) will receive a special $7 ticket offer when purchasing tickets to Monday’s game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office (subject to availability). 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.
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.
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