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WIN STREAK ENDED IN SERIES OPENER

Somerset denies Ducks 10th consecutive victory

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 10, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 4-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Mike Blanke's solo home run in the seventh inning

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Mike Blanke talk about the series opener

Somerset struck first in the third inning on a two-run double to left-center field by Scott Kelly off of Ducks starter Bobby Blevins. RBI singles by Vinny Zarrillo in the fifth and Eric Farris in the sixth extended the lead to 4-0.

Mike Blanke closed the gap to 4-1 in the seventh with a solo home run to left. Long Island put the tying runs on base in the eighth, but they could not pull even.

Patriots starter Jeremy Horst (2-0) earned the win, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out three. Blevins (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. Former Duck Jon Hunton picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth and became the Atlantic League’s all-time saves leader with 135.

The Ducks and Patriots continue their three-game set on Wednesday 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 John Brownell 2015 Pitcher of the Year Award Pins as part two of six in the 2016 Collectors’ Series. It’s also a Winning Inning Wednesday at the ballpark. The Ducks will designate a specific occurrence each inning, and if the event takes place, one lucky fan will win $10,000.

Tickets to the game and all Ducks home 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.

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)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 34 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Game Date: 05/10/2016
Somerset Patriots  4 AT Long Island Ducks  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Robinson, T CF      1  0  0  0  .275  Lentini, F RF       4  0  0  0  .282
 Zarrillo, V CF     3  0  1  1  .333  Cleary Jr., D LF    2  0  1  0  .297
Eggleston, A LF     4  0  0  0  .295   Vega, A LF         1  0  0  0  .278
LaHair, B 1B        4  1  1  0  .200  Ford, L DH          4  0  1  0  .281
Fields, M DH        4  0  0  0  .269  Burroughs, S 1B     4  0  1  0  .295
Guzman, C RF        4  0  0  0  .217  Puckett, C 2B       3  0  0  0  .259
Vidal, D 3B         4  0  1  0  .353  Tekotte, B CF       4  0  1  0  .232
Farris, E 2B        3  1  2  1  .304  Lyons, D SS         4  0  1  0  .230
Kral, R C           3  2  2  0  .311  Blanke, M C         4  1  1  1  .235
Kelly, S SS         4  0  1  2  .344  Wessinger, M 3B     4  0  1  0  .105
                   34  4  8  4                           34  1  7  1

Somerset             0 0 2   0 1 1   0 0 0 -  4  8  1
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   1 0 0 -  1  7  0
2B--Kral, R C          (5), Kelly, S SS        (3). HR--Blanke, M C       
(1). RBI-- Zarrillo, V CF    (5), Farris, E 2B       (12), Kelly, S SS     
   2 (9), TOTALS              4 (0), Blanke, M C        (4), TOTALS        
    (0). HP--Cleary Jr., D LF   (1), Puckett, C 2B      (4). SB--Lentini, F
RF      (7), Cleary Jr., D LF   (4), Tekotte, B CF      (2). CS--Robinson,
T CF     (1). E--Kelly, S SS        (4). 
LOB--Somerset 6, L Island 9. DP--E. Farris(2B) - D. Vidal(3B) - B.
LaHair(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
Horst, J (W,2-0)                6.0   3   0   0   1   3   0    1.57
Little, C                       1.0   1   1   1   0   0   1    2.70
Meek, E                         0.2   2   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Thomas, M                       0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.96
Hunton, J (S,7)                 1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.00
                                9     7   1   1   1   3   1
 L Island
Blevins, B (L,1-1)              5.2   7   4   4   2   4   0    3.48
Crider, P                       0.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Casey, J                        1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.08
Struck, N                       1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    9.53
Blewett, D                      1.0   1   0   0   1   2   0    3.38
                                9     8   4   4   3   7   0
WP--Crider, P (1). HB--Horst, J (1), Meek, E (1). SO--Zarrillo, V, Fields,
M 3, Vidal, D, Kral, R, Kelly, S, Cleary Jr., D, Lyons, D, Wessinger, M.
BB--Robinson, T, Farris, E, Kral, R, Lentini, F. BF--Horst, J 23 (91),
Little, C 4 (38), Meek, E 5 (9), Thomas, M (39), Hunton, J 4 (37), Blevins,
B 25 (88), Crider, P (22), Casey, J 3 (17), Struck, N 3 (30), Blewett, D 5
(34). P-S--Horst, J 88-55, Little, C 17-11, Meek, E 23-14, Thomas, M 2-2,
Hunton, J 10-8, Blevins, B 104-64, Crider, P 4-3, Casey, J 13-7, Struck, N
11-5, Blewett, D 23-13. 
T--2:58.  A--4561
 
Plate Umpire - Silvio Martinez Jr., Field Umpire #1 - Carl Villanueva, Field Umpire #2 - Chris Carroll