(Bridgewater, N.J., Aug. 7, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 10-7 on Tuesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Ducks erupted for four runs in the first inning off Patriots starter Kyle Davies. A solo homer to right field by Daniel Fields and a three-run home run to right off the bat of David Washington did the damage. Three more runs in the second on a bases loaded walk to Fields and a two-run single to right by Travis Snider increased the advantage to seven.
Somerset closed to within 7-5 with two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth off Ducks starter Hector Silvestre. Solo homers by Justin Trapp, Matt Oberste and Alfredo Rodriguez highlighted the scoring. Long Island increased the lead back up to four though on Fields’ RBI triple down the right field line in the sixth and Ramon Cabrera’s solo homer to right in the eighth.
The Patriots would rally to within two once again, as Oberste’s two-run single to center in the bottom of the eighth made it a 9-7 game. However, Somerset would get no closer, and Lew Ford’s run-scoring groundout in the ninth put the game out of reach.
Silvestre did not factor into the decision but allowed five runs on six hits and a walk over four and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel (1-3) earned the win, retiring all four batters he faced in relief, striking out three. Davies (5-6) took the loss, giving up seven runs on five hits and six walks over five innings while striking out five. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two.
Fields led the Flock with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored on the night. Washington added two hits, three RBIs and a run.
The Ducks and Patriots wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at 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 Matt Larkins (6-3, 3.85) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Patriots righty Stephen Perakslis (0-0, 3.29).
Long Island returns home on Thursday, August 9 to open a four-game series with the York Revolution 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Can Koozies, courtesy of the YMCA of Long Island. It’s also a Thirsty Thursday! 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. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, CLICKING HERE or downloading the Ducks mobile app.
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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