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Somerset swats way past Long Island

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Bill Hall's solo blast to center field

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Bill Hall talk about the game

Somerset struck for single runs in the second and third against Ducks starter Bill Murphy on Corey Smith’s RBI double and Aharon Eggleston’s RBI single. Bill Hall cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth with a mammoth solo homer to center off Patriots starter Derell McCall.

The Pats grabbed their two-run lead back in the fifth on a run-scoring wild pitch and put the game away with a four-run eighth. Angel Sanchez’s RBI double and Bobby Stevens’ three-run homer to left did the damage.

McCall (6-0) picked up the win, tossing five and two-thirds innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out four. Murphy (2-14) took the loss, yielding three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in six innings.

The Ducks and Patriots continue their four-game set on Friday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Huntington Honda. The Ducks will also be running their Friday Night Pizza Hut K-Man Promotion. If the K-Man strikes out during the game, fans can redeem their game ticket for an order of Free Breadsticks at a participating Pizza Hut location. It’s Outback Steakhouse Fridays as well, and Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for $5 off with the purchase of two lunch entrees at Outback Steakhouse to fans as they exit the ballpark. Southpaw James Houser takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots left-hander Graham Taylor.

Tickets for the game and all Ducks regular season home games are now on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE. Those unable to attend the game can follow all the action live on the radio home of the Ducks, 103.9-FM WRCN, and online, with streaming video and audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel, youtube.com/ducksbaseball.

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Duck Tales: Ralph Henriquez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the third inning. The switch hitter has also picked up at least one hit in 19 of his last 20 games. During that span, he is batting .364 (24-for-66) and has raised his batting average from .214 to .253, the highest it has been all season…Bill Hall’s solo homer in the fourth inning was his team-leading 14th of the year and the Ducks’ 101st home run in 2013. 12 of the former big leaguer’s longballs have come at Bethpage Ballpark. It was also Hall’s first homer since August 6 at Lancaster, a span of 16 games…Bryant Nelson earned his 28th two-hit game and 34th multi-hit game of the year with a pair of singles. Joash Brodin leads Long Island with 31 two-hit contests and 42 multi-hit games in 2013.

 

GAME DATE: 08/22/2013
Somerset Patriots  7 AT Long Island Ducks  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
J.Tucker CF         4  1  1  0  .256  J.Barfield 2B       4  0  0  0  .310
A.Eggleston LF      5  0  1  1  .291  R.Navarrete 1B      4  0  0  0  .237
Y.Sanchez DH        5  1  1  0  .359  B.Nelson 3B         4  0  2  0  .285
C.Aldridge RF       3  1  2  0  .299  B.Hall SS           3  1  1  1  .260
 J.Holden PH,RF     1  0  0  0  .314  W.Otanez DH         4  0  0  0  .182
C.Smith 3B          4  0  1  1  .275  R.Strieby LF        4  0  0  0  .284
J.Baisley 1B        3  1  0  0  .248  A.Bailey RF         3  0  1  0  .255
A.Sanchez SS        4  1  2  1  .220  R.Henriquez C       2  0  1  0  .253
A.Donachie C        2  1  1  0  .255  K.Binick CF         2  0  0  0  .259
B.Stevens 2B        4  1  1  3  .240       
                   35  7 10  6                           30  1  5  1

Somerset             0 1 1   0 1 0   0 4 0 -  7 10  0
L Island             0 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  5  0
2B--C.Aldridge (17), C.Smith (27), A.Sanchez (3), A.Bailey (22),
R.Henriquez (12). 3B--J.Tucker (5). HR--B.Stevens (6), B.Hall (14).
RBI--A.Eggleston (47), C.Smith (72), A.Sanchez (4), B.Stevens  3 (31),
B.Hall (53). HP--J.Baisley (7). CS--A.Eggleston (5). 
LOB--Somerset 6, L Island 6. DP--J. Barfield(2B) - B. Hall(SS) - R.
Navarrete(1B), B. Stevens(2B) - A. Sanchez(SS) - J. Baisley(1B), J.
Barfield(2B) - B. Hall(SS) - R. Navarrete(1B), J. Tucker(CF) - C.
Smith(3B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
D.McCall (W,6-0)                5.2   4   1   1   1   4   1    3.86
J.Torres                        1.0   0   0   0   3   1   0    0.00
J.Hoey                          1.1   1   0   0   0   0   0    1.30
C.Bowers                        1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                9     5   1   1   4   7   1
 L Island
B.Murphy (L,2-14)               6.0   8   3   3   3   4   0    5.75
N.DeBarr                        2.0   2   4   4   1   1   1    7.19
P.Budkevics                     1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    7.02
                                9    10   7   7   4   6   1
WP--B.Murphy (8), N.DeBarr (9). HB--B.Murphy (5). SO--Y.Sanchez, J.Holden,
C.Smith 2, J.Baisley, B.Stevens, J.Barfield, R.Navarrete, B.Nelson,
W.Otanez, R.Strieby 2, R.Henriquez. BB--J.Tucker, C.Aldridge, A.Donachie 2,
B.Hall, A.Bailey, R.Henriquez, K.Binick. BF--D.McCall 21 (254), J.Torres 6
(18), J.Hoey 4 (134), C.Bowers 3 (34), B.Murphy 27 (498), N.DeBarr 10
(444), P.Budkevics 3 (164). P-S--D.McCall 73-45, J.Torres 23-11, J.Hoey
22-13, C.Bowers 17-11, B.Murphy 113-68, N.DeBarr 32-21, P.Budkevics 8-7. 
T--2:56.  A--5407

Umpires: HP - Marty Bauer, 1B - Andrew Steinberg, 3B - Allen Barnfield

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