Late Long Ball Launches Ducks to Victory

(Bridgewater, N.J., July 28, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-1 Sunday night in the final game of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Patriots got things started in the bottom half of the first inning, when they took a 1-0 lead on Mike Ohlman’s sacrifice fly to left.

Things stayed that way as there would be no more scoring until the top of the eighth inning. T.J Rivera launched a two-run home run to left to give the Ducks the 2-1 lead. Long Island was not done though; later in the inning Daniel Fields hit a one-out RBI single to right, bringing the Ducks lead to 3-1. The Flock picked up an insurance run in the ninth when Rey Fuentes drilled a solo home run over the wall in right.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Seth Simmons threw six innings of one-run ball for Long Island, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out seven Patriots. Somerset starter Liam O’Sullivan tossed six scoreless innings, scattering six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Rob Rogers (2-1) picked up the win for the Ducks, pitching two scoreless innings in relief, yielding three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Zech Zinicola (3-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering three runs on one hit and a walk in one-third of an inning out of the bullpen. Michael Tonkin earned his fourth save of the season, throwing a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.

The Ducks continue their road series on Tuesday night in the opening game a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel. Right-hander Pedro Beato (0-2, 8.46) gets the start for the Ducks against a Bees starter that is still to be determined.

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

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