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BATS KEEP ROLLING TO FINISH OFF SWEEP

Long Island launches two more homers in series finale

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 17, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-5 on Sunday evening in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series finale

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Cody Puckett and Bruce Kern talk about the sweep

The Ducks plated two runs in the opening inning when Fehlandt Lentini scored on a passed ball and Delta Cleary Jr. came home on a sacrifice fly by Cody Puckett. Four more runs came across in the third to extend the lead to 6-0. A throwing error by Patriots starter Bryce Morrow and a three-run homer to right by Puckett highlighted the inning.

Somerset closed to within four on a two-run home run to left-center by David Vidal in the fourth off Ducks starter Bruce Kern. The lead was trimmed to 6-4 in the eighth on a two-run homer to left by Eric Farris. However, a solo blast to left by Mark Minicozzi in the eighth pushed the advantage back to three.

An RBI single by Mycal Jones in the ninth closed the gap to 7-5, but Aharon Eggleston struck out looking with the tying runs on base to end the game.

Kern (4-1) collected the win, tossing five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four. Morrow (2-2) took the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk in two and two-thirds innings. Todd Coffey picked up his 15th save of the year, striking out the side in the ninth despite allowing one run and three hits.

Ruben Gotay led the Flock with two hits, while Puckett drove in four runs.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Tuesday night when they begin a three-game series against the cross-sound rival Bridgeport Bluefish. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at a special time of 4:50 p.m. for a pre-game charity softball game between the Oyster Bay Police Department and QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community). It's a Two-Fer Tuesday at the ballpark, and fans purchasing tickets to the game online or via the Ducks mobile app can receive a special buy one, get one free offer by entering the promo code “BOGO” at checkout (max four total tickets per transaction). It’s also a Humana Senior Discount Tuesday, and senior citizens (65 or older with valid ID) will receive a 25% discount and a special gift package, courtesy of Humana, when purchasing a ticket to the game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office (limited to the first 50 tickets purchased).

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 the action live online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available 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.

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Game Date: 07/17/2016
Somerset Patriots  5 AT Long Island Ducks  7

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Jones, M CF         5  0  1  1  .263  Vega, A LF          4  1  1  0  .284
Eggleston, A DH     4  1  0  0  .315  Lentini, F RF       2  2  1  0  .313
Farris, E LF        3  2  1  2  .298  Cleary Jr., D CF    3  2  1  0  .319
Vidal, D 3B         4  1  1  2  .322  Puckett, C 3B       2  1  1  4  .280
LaHair, B 1B        2  0  0  0  .254  Lyons, D SS         4  0  0  0  .315
Van Kirk, B RF      4  1  2  0  .133  Minicozzi, M 1B     4  1  1  1  .273
Kral, R C           4  0  2  0  .247  Gotay, R 2B         4  0  2  0  .286
Kelly, S 2B         3  0  0  0  .246  Dowd, M DH          3  0  1  0  .313
Mateo, L SS         4  0  0  0  .100  Blanke, M C         3  0  0  0  .237
                   33  5  7  5                           29  7  8  5

Somerset             0 0 0   2 0 0   0 2 1 -  5  7  1
L Island             2 0 4   0 0 0   0 1 x -  7  8  0
3B--Vega, A LF (8). HR--Farris, E LF (3), Vidal, D 3B (7), Puckett, C 3B
(7), Minicozzi, M 1B (4). RBI--Jones, M CF (37), Farris, E LF  2 (34),
Vidal, D 3B  2 (19), TOTALS  5 (0), Puckett, C 3B  4 (45), Minicozzi, M 1B
(7), TOTALS  5 (0). HP--Lentini, F RF 2 (5). SF--Puckett, C 3B (2).
SB--Lentini, F RF 2 3 (26), Cleary Jr., D CF (17). E--Morrow, B P (1). 
LOB--Somerset 6, L Island 5. DP--S. Kelly(2B) - L. Mateo(SS) - B.
LaHair(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - C. Puckett(3B) - M. Minicozzi(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
Morrow, B (L,2-2)               2.2   6   6   5   1   1   1    6.40
Newby, K                        2.1   0   0   0   1   2   0    3.33
Thomas, M                       1.0   1   0   0   1   0   0    1.48
Sisk, B                         2.0   1   1   1   1   1   1    1.64
                                8     8   7   6   4   4   2
 L Island
Kern, B (W,4-1)                 5.0   2   2   2   2   4   1    2.40
Crider, P                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.86
Burawa, D                       1.0   1   0   0   2   0   0    0.00
De La Rosa, E                   1.0   1   2   2   1   2   1    2.97
Coffey, T (S,15)                1.0   3   1   1   0   3   0    3.38
                                9     7   5   5   5  10   2
WP--Morrow, B (2). PB--Kral, R. HB--Morrow, B (1), Newby, K (3). SO--Jones,
M, Eggleston, A 2, Vidal, D, LaHair, B, Kelly, S 3, Mateo, L 2, Cleary Jr.,
D, Lyons, D, Gotay, R, Dowd, M. BB--Eggleston, A, Farris, E, LaHair, B 2,
Kelly, S, Cleary Jr., D, Puckett, C, Dowd, M, Blanke, M. BF--Morrow, B 16
(57), Newby, K 9 (110), Thomas, M 4 (123), Sisk, B 7 (135), Kern, B 19
(242), Crider, P 3 (82), Burawa, D 5 (5), De La Rosa, E 5 (128), Coffey, T
6 (115). P-S--Morrow, B 66-38, Newby, K 36-21, Thomas, M 12-7, Sisk, B
32-18, Kern, B 72-41, Crider, P 12-7, Burawa, D 24-8, De La Rosa, E 19-13,
Coffey, T 22-15. 
T--2:51.  A--5409

Plate Umpire - Silvio Martinez Jr., Field Umpire #1 - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #2 - Richard Katz

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