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BIG NINTH GIVES DUCKS DRAMATIC WIN

Blanke continues his hot hitting

(Bridgewater, N.J., May 21, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 11-9 in the second game of the series Saturday night in TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset, New Jersey.

GAME AUDIO: Ducks rally in the ninth

The Patriots struck first with two in the bottom of the second inning. Mycal Jones hit an RBI-triple to score Bryan LaHair, and then scored himself on a sacrifice fly to center field from Carlos Guzman. Long Island struck back quickly though, as Cody Puckett hit a two-run double in the top of the third, scoring Ruben Gotay and Sean Burroughs to tie the game.

The Flock came back one inning later, as Gotay doubled in Matt Wessinger. One batter later, Lew Ford doubled to score Gotay, making the score 4-2. In the bottom of the fourth however, Brad Snyder hit a three-run home run. Two batters later, Guzman hit a solo home run to give the Patriots a 6-4 lead.

LaHair would hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Aharon Eggleston in the bottom of the fifth, but in the top of the seventh, Mike Blanke would hit a two-run double to score Burroughs and Puckett to push the score to 7-6. The Ducks rallied in the top of the ninth against Patriots closer Jon Hunton though, as Puckett singled to drive in Gotay, Blanke doubled to bring in Burroughs and Puckett, and Wessinger doubled to score Blanke and Blake Tekotte to give the Ducks an 11-7 lead.

Somerset would pull to within two in the bottom of the ninth as LaHair singled to drive in Trayvon Robinson and Scott Kelly, but that would be all Somerset would manage.

Amalio Diaz (2-1) earned the win with a clean inning of relief, adding two strikeouts. Jon Hunton (0-2) was handed his second loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, no walks, and one strikeout.

The Ducks continue their road stretch with the finale of the three game set against the Somerset Patriots on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, May 24 to begin a three-game set against the Bridgeport Bluefish. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Two-Fer and Humana Senior Discounts Tuesday, and fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza. 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.

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)


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Game Date: 05/21/2016
Long Island Ducks  11 AT Somerset Patriots  9

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       6  0  0  0  .271  Robinson, T CF      4  1  1  0  .264
Gotay, R 2B         4  3  3  1  .375  Eggleston, A LF     4  1  0  0  .277
Ford, L DH          5  0  2  1  .309  Farris, E 2B        5  1  4  0  .339
Burroughs, S 1B     4  3  2  0  .299  LaHair, B 1B        4  2  3  3  .297
Puckett, C 3B       5  2  3  3  .287   Zarrillo, V PR     0  0  0  0  .280
Blanke, M C         4  1  3  4  .271  Snyder, B DH        4  1  1  3  .234
Tekotte, B CF       5  1  0  0  .231  Jones, M 3B         4  1  1  1  .258
Wessinger, M SS     4  1  2  2  .182  Guzman, C RF        3  1  1  2  .196
Vega, A LF          4  0  0  0  .224  Kral, R C           2  0  0  0  .317
                                      Kelly, S SS         4  1  0  0  .277
                   41 11 15 11                           34  9 11  9

L Island             0 0 2   2 0 0   2 0 5 - 11 15  1
Somerset             0 2 0   4 1 0   0 0 2 -  9 11  2
2B--Gotay, R 2B (3), Ford, L DH (8), Puckett, C 3B (7), Blanke, M C 2 (3),
Wessinger, M SS (3). 3B--Jones, M 3B (3). HR--Snyder, B DH (3), Guzman, C
RF (2). RBI--Gotay, R 2B (3), Ford, L DH (17), Puckett, C 3B  3 (19),
Blanke, M C 2  4 (12), Wessinger, M SS  2 (6), TOTALS 11 (0), LaHair, B 1B 
3 (16), Snyder, B DH  3 (11), Jones, M 3B (12), Guzman, C RF  2 (10),
TOTALS  9 (0). SF--LaHair, B 1B (3), Guzman, C RF (2). SH--Vega, A LF (0).
E--Puckett, C 3B  3 (3), Eggleston, A LF (1), Kelly, S SS (8). 
LOB--L Island 8, Somerset 5. DP--E. Farris(2B) - S. Kelly(SS) - B.
LaHair(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - M. Wessinger(SS) - S. Burroughs(1B), R.
Gotay(2B) - M. Wessinger(SS) - S. Burroughs(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Blevins, B                      4.0   7   6   6   1   2   2    4.70
Vance, K                        1.0   1   1   0   2   0   0    5.06
Crider, P                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
De La Rosa, E                   1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    3.48
Diaz, A (W,2-1)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    4.77
Coffey, T                       1.0   2   2   2   2   1   0    3.38
                                9    11   9   8   5   8   2
 Somerset
Horst, J                        5.0   7   4   4   3   2   0    2.73
Hand, D                         1.2   3   2   2   1   2   0    4.50
Thomas, M                       0.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.46
McBryde, J                      1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.77
Hunton, J (L,0-2)               1.0   5   5   4   0   1   0    5.54
                                9    15  11  10   4   7   0
WP--Horst, J (2). PB--Blanke, M. SO--Lentini, F 3, Gotay, R, Ford, L,
Tekotte, B, Wessinger, M, Robinson, T 2, Eggleston, A 2, Snyder, B 2,
Jones, M, Kral, R. BB--Gotay, R, Burroughs, S, Blanke, M, Wessinger, M,
Robinson, T, Eggleston, A, Snyder, B, Kral, R 2. BF--Blevins, B 19 (131),
Vance, K 5 (51), Crider, P 3 (35), De La Rosa, E 4 (43), Diaz, A 3 (47),
Coffey, T 7 (35), Horst, J 25 (136), Hand, D 8 (17), Thomas, M (50),
McBryde, J 3 (49), Hunton, J 9 (62). P-S--Blevins, B 63-43, Vance, K 22-9,
Crider, P 8-7, De La Rosa, E 16-10, Diaz, A 12-9, Coffey, T 29-16, Horst, J
95-59, Hand, D 29-20, Thomas, M 6-4, McBryde, J 14-9, Hunton, J 32-21. 
T--3:16.  A--5026
LI, B4, PC mound visit; LI, B5, PC mound visit; SOM, T7, PC mound visit

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