Valiant Rally Falls Just Short In Series Finale

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 16, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 3-2 on Sunday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Somerset took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second inning off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady. A wild pitch that plated Alfredo Rodriguez and a solo home run to right-center field off the bat of Carlos Guzman did the damage. The Patriots added an insurance run in the eighth inning on back-to-back doubles by Christian Marrero and pinch-hitter Adam Donachie.

Long Island put together a ninth inning rally against Patriots reliever Ronnie Shaban. RBI doubles from Marc Krauss and Ruben Gotay trimmed the deficit to 3-2. However, the Ducks were unable to plate the tying run.

Somerset starter Lucas Irvine (6-2) earned the win with six shutout innings, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out five. O’Grady (4-6) took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings with two strikeouts. Ronnie Shaban collected his sixth save of the year despite allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Monday night when they open a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. 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 Irish Night at the ballpark, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Stadium Cups, courtesy of Shandon Court. 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 the game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office (subject to availability). Right-hander Tyler Levine (2-0, 3.19) gets the start for the Ducks against Bees southpaw Greg Nappo (0-0, 6.00).

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 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

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

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