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DUCKS OUTSLUG PATRIOTS TO WIN ROAD TRIP FINALE

Long Island launches three homers, racks up 14 hits in victory

(Bridgewater, N.J., April 27, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 10-6 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

GAME VIDEO: Alex Burg, Delta Cleary Jr. and Nate Freiman all leave the yard

Nolan Reimold brought home Fehlandt Lentini with the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly to center field in the opening inning. Elmer Reyes doubled the lead in the second with an RBI single up the middle off Patriots starter Logan Darnell.

Somerset answered with three runs in the second off Ducks starter Rafael Perez to take a 3-2 lead. An RBI single by Aharon Eggleston and a two-run double by Darren Ford did the damage. The Ducks took the lead back in the third on a two-out three run home run to left-center by Alex Burg. However, a run-scoring double play ball and an RBI single by Eggleston tied the game back up at five in the bottom of the frame.

Delta Cleary Jr. put the Flock back ahead in the fourth with a solo homer to left-center, and two more runs in the fifth extended the lead to 8-5. Nate Freiman’s opposite-field solo homer, and Burg’s RBI double highlighted the scoring. Another RBI single by Eggleston in the fifth trimmed the lead to two, but a sac fly off the bat of Fehlandt Lentini in the eighth made it a 9-6 ballgame. Dan Lyons rounded out the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the ninth.

Perez did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings, yielding six runs (four earned) on 11 hits and a walk with one strikeout. Rob Rogers (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit while striking out one. Logan Darnell (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings.

Eight of the nine Ducks batters collected hits in the game. Lyons led the way with three, while four others added two. Burg reached base in all five of his plate appearances, finishing with two hits, four RBI, two runs and three walks.

The Ducks return home on Friday night for the 2017 home opener, as they begin a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. 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 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Rich Hill Bobbleheads, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early for player introductions along with traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. Right-hander Keith Couch gets the start for the Ducks against Bees righty Jonathan Pettibone.

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 online on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com.

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: 04/27/2017
Long Island Ducks  10 AT Somerset Patriots  6

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       4  1  1  1  .208  Ford, D CF          5  0  2  2  .381
Cleary Jr., D CF    4  1  2  1  .296  Rodriguez, A SS     5  0  0  0  .286
Reimold, N LF       4  1  2  1  .222  Rosario, O RF       5  1  3  0  .391
Freiman, N DH       5  2  1  1  .292  Sands, J DH         5  1  1  0  .160
Songco, A 1B        4  2  1  0  .067  Guzman, C 1B        5  1  1  0  .227
Burg, A C           2  2  2  4  .353  Bortnick, T 2B      3  1  1  0  .273
Lyons, D SS         5  0  3  1  .182  Eggleston, A LF     3  1  3  3  .500
Reyes, E 2B         5  1  2  1  .478  Kelly, S 3B         3  1  1  0  .200
Alfonzo, G 3B       4  0  0  0  .091  Donachie, A C       3  0  0  0  .100
                   37 10 14 10                           37  6 12  5

L Island             1 1 3   1 2 0   0 1 1 - 10 14  1
Somerset             0 3 2   0 1 0   0 0 0 -  6 12  0
2B--Lentini, F RF (2), Burg, A C (2), Lyons, D SS (1), Reyes, E 2B (3),
Ford, D CF 2 (4), Rosario, O RF (2), Guzman, C 1B (1), Bortnick, T 2B (1).
HR--Cleary Jr., D CF (1), Freiman, N DH (4), Burg, A C (2). RBI--Lentini, F
RF (2), Cleary Jr., D CF (3), Reimold, N LF (2), Freiman, N DH (6), Burg, A
C  4 (7), Lyons, D SS (2), Reyes, E 2B (1), TOTALS 10 (0), Ford, D CF  2
(5), Eggleston, A LF  3 (3), TOTALS  5 (0). SF--Lentini, F RF (1), Reimold,
N LF (2). SH--Bortnick, T 2B (0). SB--Lentini, F RF (4), Reimold, N LF (1),
Eggleston, A LF (2). CS--Cleary Jr., D CF (1). E--Lyons, D SS (2). 
LOB--L Island 7, Somerset 9. DP--E. Reyes(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - A.
Songco(1B), D. Lyons(SS) - A. Songco(1B), T. Bortnick(2B) - A.
Rodriguez(SS) - C. Guzman(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Perez, R                        4.1  11   6   4   1   1   0    8.59
Rogers, R (W,1-0)               2.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    3.60
Crider, P                       0.1   0   0   0   2   1   0    0.00
Wilson, T                       1.1   0   0   0   1   0   0    3.00
Fuller, J                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
                                9    12   6   4   4   4   0
 Somerset
Darnell, L (L,0-1)              5.0  10   8   8   3   2   3    7.20
Wright, J                       1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Newby, K                        1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    0.00
Kelly, R                        1.0   1   1   1   0   1   0    2.45
Pena, H                         1.0   2   1   1   1   2   0   16.87
                                9    14  10  10   5   6   3
WP--Pena, H (1). PB--Burg, A. SO--Cleary Jr., D, Freiman, N 2, Songco, A,
Reyes, E, Alfonzo, G, Sands, J 2, Guzman, C, Donachie, A. BB--Cleary Jr.,
D, Songco, A, Burg, A 3, Bortnick, T, Eggleston, A, Kelly, S, Donachie, A.
BF--Perez, R 25 (40), Rogers, R 6 (21), Crider, P 3 (10), Wilson, T 5 (15),
Fuller, J 3 (7), Darnell, L 27 (45), Wright, J 3 (10), Newby, K 4 (11),
Kelly, R 4 (16), Pena, H 6 (16). P-S--Perez, R 86-59, Rogers, R 18-15,
Crider, P 13-4, Wilson, T 25-13, Fuller, J 13-8, Darnell, L 85-54, Wright,
J 14-10, Newby, K 22-12, Kelly, R 9-9, Pena, H 29-18. 
T--3:16.  A--4596
Som, T3, PC mound visit; LI, B3, Mgr mound visit; LI, B7, Mgr mound visit;

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