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MISSED OPPORTUNITIES COST DUCKS IN GAME ONE

Three-run fifth gives Patriots early series lead


(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2015)
– The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 5-3 on Wednesday night in Game One of the 2015 Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Patriots now lead the best-of-five series one game to none.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Game One of the series

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, John Brownell and Fehlandt Lentini talk about the game

Somerset opened the scoring in the first, taking a 1-0 lead on a RBI triple from Michael Burgess off Ducks starter John Brownell. The Ducks tied the ballgame in the second against Patriots starter Roy Merritt on a run-scoring throwing error by second baseman Greg Hopkins. Sean Burroughs put the Ducks in front 2-1 with a RBI single in the third. A solo homer from Matt Fields in the fourth helped Somerset pull even.

The Patriots used a three-run fifth to take a 5-2 advantage. A RBI single from Thomas Neal and a two-run homer from Burgess did the damage. Long Island scratched out a run in the seventh on a run-scoring wild pitch thrown by Patriots reliever Buddy Boshers. However, they could not close the gap.

Merritt (1-0) earned the win, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits in six frames. He walked and struck out three.
Brownell (0-1) suffered the loss. He allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings while walking and striking out two. Jon Hunton picked up the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Fehlandt Lentini and Burroughs each finished with three hits in the loss. Lentini scored one run while Burroughs drove in one run.

The Ducks will host Game Two of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series on Thursday 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. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive “Drive to the Title” Rally Towels, courtesy of News 12. Prior to the game, the Ducks will be hosting a food drive in conjunction with Island Harvest Food Bank. Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items by dropping them off in the collection bins located on the plaza outside the ballpark.

Tickets to the game and all Ducks home playoff games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE.


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Duck Tales: Fehlandt Lentini and Sean Burroughs both had three hits to lead the Ducks offensively. During the regular season, Burroughs collected seven three-hit contests while Lentini had six. Overall, Burroughs ended the season with 15 multi-hit games, while Lentini compiled 17 in his second season with the Flock...Five Ducks relievers combined to throw three scoreless innings to close out the game. Nick Struck, Patrick Crider, Mariel Checo, Ricardo Gomez and J.C. Romero combined to give up just two hits and one walk in that span while striking out five batters. Struck ended the regular season with 14 scoreless appearances in his last 15 outings, while Romero tossed seven straight scoreless outings and did not give up a run in 11 of his last 12 games...Wednesday marked just the second time in franchise history that the Ducks lost a game one at home. The only other instance came in 2008 when Long Island dropped Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series 5-1 to Camden. The Ducks had won four consecutive Game One matchups at home before this year.
 

 

Game Date: 09/23/2015
Somerset Patriots  5 AT Long Island Ducks  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Andino, R SS        5  0  0  0  .000  Lentini, F RF       5  1  3  0  .600
Eggleston, A LF     4  2  2  0  .500  Cleary Jr., D LF    3  0  1  0  .333
Neal, T DH          3  1  1  1  .333  Ford, L CF          4  1  0  0  .000
Burgess, M RF       4  1  3  3  .750  Ruiz, R DH          4  0  1  0  .250
Fields, M 1B        3  1  1  1  .333  Burroughs, S 1B     4  0  3  1  .750
 Spears, N 2B       0  0  0  0  .000  Lyons, D SS         3  1  1  0  .333
Vidal, D 1B,3B      4  0  1  0  .250  Puckett, C 3B       4  0  0  0  .000
Hopkins, G 2B,3B    4  0  0  0  .000   Vega, A PR         0  0  0  0  .000
Tucker, J CF        4  0  1  0  .250  Blanke, M C         3  0  0  0  .000
Donachie, A C       3  0  0  0  .000  Reyes, E 2B         5  0  1  0  .200
                   34  5  9  5                           35  3 10  1

Somerset             1 0 0   1 3 0   0 0 0 -  5  9  1
L Island             0 1 1   0 0 0   1 0 0 -  3 10  1
2B--Eggleston, A LF    (1), Tucker, J CF       (1), Lentini, F RF      (1),
Burroughs, S 1B    (1), Lyons, D SS        (1), Reyes, E 2B        (1).
3B--Burgess, M RF      (1). HR--Burgess, M RF      (1), Fields, M 1B      
(1). RBI--Neal, T DH         (1), Burgess, M RF       3 (3), Fields, M 1B  
    (1), TOTALS              5 (0), Burroughs, S 1B    (1), TOTALS         
   (0). HP--Blanke, M C        (1). SH--Donachie, A C      (0), Cleary Jr.,
D LF   (0). SB--Burgess, M RF      (1). E--Hopkins, G 2B,3B   (1), Blanke,
M C        (1). 
LOB--Somerset 6, L Island 15. DP--E. Reyes(2B) - C. Puckett(3B) - S.
Burroughs(1B), R. Merritt(P) - R. Andino(SS) - M. Fields(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
Merritt, R (W,1-0)              6.0   6   2   1   3   3   0    1.50
Boshers, B                      0.2   2   1   1   2   1   0   13.49
Carignan, A                     1.1   1   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
Hunton, J (S,1)                 1.0   1   0   0   2   1   0    0.00
                                9    10   3   2   8   7   0
 L Island
Brownell, J (L,0-1)             6.0   7   5   5   2   2   2    7.50
Struck, N                       1.0   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
Crider, P                       0.0   1   0   0   0   0   0   99.99
Checo, M                        1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
Gomez, R                        0.2   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Romero, J                       0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9     9   5   5   3   7   2
WP--Merritt, R (1), Boshers, B (1). HB--Merritt, R (1). SO--Andino, R 2,
Neal, T, Burgess, M, Vidal, D, Hopkins, G, Donachie, A, Lentini, F, Ford,
L, Ruiz, R, Puckett, C 2, Blanke, M 2. BB--Eggleston, A, Neal, T, Fields,
M, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L, Ruiz, R, Burroughs, S, Lyons, D 2, Puckett, C,
Blanke, M. BF--Merritt, R 27 (27), Boshers, B 6 (6), Carignan, A 6 (6),
Hunton, J 6 (6), Brownell, J 26 (26), Struck, N 4 (4), Crider, P (1),
Checo, M 3 (3), Gomez, R 3 (3), Romero, J (1). P-S--Merritt, R 82-60,
Boshers, B 32-14, Carignan, A 31-19, Hunton, J 28-13, Brownell, J 102-66,
Struck, N 15-9, Crider, P 3-2, Checo, M 14-8, Gomez, R 15-10, Romero, J
4-2. 
T--3:15.  A--3489

Plate Umpire - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #1 - Derek Moccia, Field Umpire #2 - Matt Criss, Field Umpire #3 - David Speranza