(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 8-5 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Patriots opened the scoring with a three-run third inning against Ducks starter Vin Mazzaro. An RBI single by Will Kengor and a pair of wild pitches that scored Teodoro Martinez and Kengor did the damage.
Long Island responded with a five-run bottom of the third off Patriots starter Zack Dodson. L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI double to left field, a two-run single to left by Hector Sanchez and a two-run home run to center by Deibinson Romero highlighted the inning.
The Ducks extended their lead to 7-3 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Vladimir Frias singled and later scored from second on a fielding error, and Romero connected for an RBI double.
Somerset closed to within 7-5 in the seventh on Alfredo Rodriguez’ solo homer to left and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Edwin Espinal. However, they would get no closer, and David Washington’s RBI double to right in the seventh rounded out the scoring.
Mazzaro (8-4) picked up the win, tossing five innings of three-run ball, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four. Dodson (1-2) took the loss, conceding seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings with two strikeouts. Pedro Beato earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Romero led the Flock with three extra-base hits, three RBIs and two runs. Sanchez added two hits, two RBIs and a run, while Mazzilli chipped in with two hits, an RBI and two runs.
The Ducks and Patriots continue their three-game set on Saturday night. 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). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Northwell Health as part of the Look North Inspiration Series. In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at Dick’s Sporting Goods to fans as they exit the ballpark following the game. Right-hander Brandon Beachy (3-0, 3.93) takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots righty Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 3.43).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game 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.
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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