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Rallies in ninth and 10th innings give Flock series-opening win

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 2, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-2 in 10 innings on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the comeback victory

David Vidal gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run to left-center field off Ducks starter John Brownell. The Ducks tied the game at one in the fourth on an RBI double to right-center by Dan Lyons off Patriots starter and former Duck Shaun Garceau.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when Kyle Roller’s RBI single to right scored Eric Farris, who reached on an error, giving Somerset a 2-1 advantage. However, Long Island tied the game in the ninth against Patriots closer Jon Hunton. Following back-to-back infield singles and an intentional walk, Mike Dowd drew a bases loaded walk to score Delta Cleary Jr.

The Ducks took the lead for good in the top of the 10th. A two-out RBI single to left by Cody Puckett followed by an RBI double to left by Lyons did the damage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Brownell pitched seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out eight. Garceau lasted seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz (5-2) collected the victory after pitching a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. Jeremy Bleich (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits in one inning of work. Todd Coffey earned his 18th save of the season with a scoreless 10th inning, striking out two.

Five different Ducks had two hits to lead the way offensively, with Lyons driving in two runs as well.

The Ducks and Patriots continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander D.J. Mitchell takes the mound for his Ducks debut against Patriots righty Randy Boone.

Long Island returns home on Monday, August 8 to open up a four-game series against the Patriots. 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). It will be a LaVida Massage Monday at the ballpark! Free massages will be available on the concourse during the game, and one lucky fan will also go home with a special massage package, courtesy of LaVida Massage of Smithtown, the official massage therapy and skin care center of the Ducks. 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)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 35 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: 08/02/2016
Long Island Ducks  4 AT Somerset Patriots  2 (EXTRA INNINGS)

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Vega, A LF          5  1  2  0  .270  Jones, M CF         4  0  0  0  .246
Lentini, F RF       4  0  2  0  .315  Eggleston, A LF     3  0  0  0  .304
Cleary Jr., D CF    5  2  2  0  .324  Farris, E 2B        4  1  1  0  .299
Puckett, C 3B       5  1  2  1  .286  Vidal, D 3B         3  1  1  1  .331
Lyons, D SS         4  0  2  2  .293  LaHair, B 1B        4  0  1  0  .278
Gotay, R DH         2  0  0  0  .297  Roller, K DH        4  0  1  1  .270
 Hughes, C PR       1  0  0  0  .103  Gonzalez, Y C       4  0  0  0  .249
Dowd, M C           3  0  0  1  .303  Guzman, C RF        4  0  0  0  .242
Blanke, M 1B        3  0  0  0  .251  Mateo, L SS         4  0  2  0  .182
 Colvin, T 1B,PH    1  0  0  0  .223       
Wessinger, M 2B     4  0  0  0  .194       
                   37  4 10  4                           34  2  6  2

L Island             0 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 1   2 -  4 10  1
Somerset             0 1 0   0 0 0   1 0 0   0 -  2  6  0
2B--Vega, A LF (10), Lyons, D SS 2 (20). 3B--Mateo, L SS (3). HR--Vidal, D
3B (14). RBI--Puckett, C 3B (51), Lyons, D SS 2  2 (37), Dowd, M C (31),
TOTALS  4 (0), Vidal, D 3B (33), Roller, K DH (3), TOTALS  2 (0).
SH--Lentini, F RF (0), Lyons, D SS 2  2 (0), Vidal, D 3B (0). SB--Farris, E
2B (24), Mateo, L SS (2). CS--Lentini, F RF (3). E--Lyons, D SS 2  2 (7). 
LOB--L Island 8, Somerset 4. DP--A. Vega(LF) - M. Dowd(C), D. Lyons(SS) -
M. Blanke(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Brownell, J                     7.0   5   2   1   0   8   1    2.79
Crider, P                       0.2   1   0   0   1   1   0    0.65
Burawa, D                       0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.42
Diaz, A (W,5-2)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.21
Coffey, T (S,18)                1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    3.13
                               10     6   2   1   1  12   1
 Somerset
Garceau, S                      8.0   5   1   1   1   4   0    4.13
Miller, J                       0.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Hunton, J                       1.0   2   1   1   2   0   0    3.15
Bleich, J (L,0-1)               1.0   3   2   1   0   1   0    4.50
                               10    10   4   3   3   5   0
PB--Gonzalez, Y. SO--Cleary Jr., D 2, Puckett, C, Lyons, D, Wessinger, M,
Jones, M, Eggleston, A, Vidal, D 2, LaHair, B 2, Roller, K 2, Gonzalez, Y
2, Guzman, C, Mateo, L. BB--Gotay, R 2, Dowd, M, Eggleston, A.
BF--Brownell, J 25 (481), Crider, P 4 (110), Burawa, D (24), Diaz, A 3
(138), Coffey, T 3 (135), Garceau, S 29 (280), Hunton, J 7 (146), Bleich, J
6 (9). P-S--Brownell, J 99-64, Crider, P 14-8, Burawa, D 3-2, Diaz, A 8-6,
Coffey, T 14-10, Garceau, S 101-69, Hunton, J 16-10, Bleich, J 20-15. 
T--2:42.  A--4893
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