(Central Islip, N.Y., August 1, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 6-4 on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
David Washington gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run to left field off Patriots starter Duane Below. Somerset evened the score in the fifth on a two-out RBI single to right by Yovan Gonzalez off Ducks starter Tyler Badamo.
Long Island answered back with a pair of two-run homers in the fifth and sixth to take a 5-1 lead. Cody Puckett’s blast in the fifth and Daniel Fields’ longball in the sixth did the damage. A run-scoring double play in the seventh brought the Patriots within three, but an RBI double by Lew Ford in the bottom of the frame pushed the Ducks advantage to 6-2.
Somerset rallied for two runs in the ninth on a sac fly to center by Craig Massey and an RBI single up the middle by Alfredo Rodriguez. However, Francisco Rodriguez induced a groundout from Endy Chavez to secure the three-game sweep for the Flock.
Badamo (5-6) earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits and no walks while striking out three. Below (6-3) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs on 11 hits and a walk over six and one-third innings with three strikeouts. Rodriguez collected his 19th save of the season after recording the final out of the ballgame.
Fields led the Flock with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ford, Jordany Valdespin and Travis Snider each added two hits.
The Ducks continue their homestand on Thursday night when they open a four-game series against the Road Warriors. 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 a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark! The Duck Club Restaurant/Bar, normally reserved for VIP/season ticket holders, will be open to all fans to enjoy. The bar will feature drink specials, including half price domestics, while the restaurant will offer special menu selections. Left-hander Hector Silvestre (0-0, 5.06) gets the start for the Ducks against Road Warriors righty Alberto Rodriguez (0-1, 13.50).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, CLICKING HEREor downloading the Ducks mobile app. 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 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.
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