(Bridgewater, N.J., July 27, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 8-3 Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Ducks struck the first blow as Vladimir Frias launched a two-run home run to left in the top of the second. The Patriots responded in the home half of the fourth with a four-run inning. The frame was highlighted by a couple of run scoring wild pitches, an RBI single from Justin Pacchioli and a bases loaded walk drawn by Alfredo Rodriguez.
The next inning the Flock had an answer after T.J. Rivera laced an RBI single to left, narrowing the Patriots lead to 4-3. However, in the sixth Somerset had back-to-back sacrifice flies by Ramon Flores and Rodriguez. The Patriots added two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings after Will Kengor lifted a solo home run to center and Rodriguez hit an RBI double respectively, totaling their lead at 8-3.
Roy Merritt (3-3) picked up the win for Somerset after tossing five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Kevin McAvoy (0-4) was tagged with the loss after pitching three and two-thirds innings, surrendering four runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Ducks continue their road series on Saturday night in the middle game a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. 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. Right-hander Seth Simmon (5-6, 4.82) gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots starter Liam O’Sullivan (3-5, 4.11).
Long Island returns home on Friday, August 2, to begin a three-game series against the High Point Rockers. 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 Ducks will be hosting a special 20th Anniversary Celebration at the ballpark, and following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Tickets to the game, 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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