(Bridgewater, N.J., June 18, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 5-2 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.
Michael Crouse put the Patriots in front with a leadoff solo home run to left field in the third inning off Ducks starter Jake Fisher. An RBI double by Will Kengor and a two-run single by Alfredo Rodriguez increased the Patriots lead to 4-0 in the fourth.
Edwin Espinal’s two-out RBI double in the fifth extended the advantage to five. Ramon Cabrera got the Ducks on the scoreboard in the eighth with a two-run double to left-center off Patriots starter Brett Oberholtzer. However, Long Island was unable to inch closer.
Oberholtzer (4-1) earned the win, tossing seven and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Fisher (3-6) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk in five innings with two strikeouts. Mike Antonini collected his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Ducks and Patriots continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. 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 video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel. Left-hander Darin Downs (0-1, 3.09) takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots southpaw Thomas Dorminy (1-4, 3.38).
Long Island returns home on Friday, June 21, to play a single admission doubleheader against the Lancaster Barnstormers. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 for all fans. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive 20th Anniversary Season T-Shirts, courtesy of Petro Home Services. Game two will begin approximately 20-25 minutes after the completion of game one, and both games are slated for seven innings. Tickets to the doubleheader, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the 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.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.
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