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PATRIOTS DEFEAT DUCKS IN EXTRA INNING THRILLER

Ducks comeback falls short in series rubber match

(Central Islip, N.Y., June 1, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 6-5 in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark in the final game of the three-game series.

POSTGAME VIDEO: Steve Foucault and Randy Ruiz talk about the game

The Patriots grabbed an early lead in the top of the second inning off Ducks starter Jared Lansford on a sacrifice fly from Edwin Maysonet. Two runs in the fifth, highlighted by a solo home run from Nate Spears, along with an RBI base hit from Damaso Espino in the sixth inning extended the Patriots lead to four.

The Ducks were held off the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh inning when Randy Ruiz hit a solo home run to straight-away center field off Patriots starter Matt Langwell. Long Island later added three more runs in the inning off reliever Carlos Fisher, the third Patriots pitcher used in the seventh. An RBI single from Fehlandt Lentini trimmed the deficit in half before a two-out, two-run single from Cody Puckett tied the game at four.

Somerset regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning, but the Ducks responded immediately when Sergio Miranda earned a pinch-hit, bases loaded walk to even the scoring at five. The teams remained tied until the top of the 12th inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Luis Montanez singled to left field, scoring Maysonet, which capped the scoring in the ballgame.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Lansford tossed six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks. Langwell, who exited the game with the lead, allowed one run on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts over six and two-thirds innings. Mike DeMark (4-1) earned the win, tossing a scoreless 11th inning, while Jeremy Accardo (3-4) received the loss, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in two innings of relief. Jon Hunton earned his eighth save of the year with a scoreless 12th inning.

Puckett paced the Ducks with three hits, while Ruiz and Lentini each chipped in with two hits.

Long Island welcomes in the Lancaster Barnstormers for a four-game set beginning Monday. First pitch at Bethpage Ballpark is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with gates opening at 5:35 p.m.
Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza, courtesy of Bank of America. In addition, those buying tickets to Monday's game can receive a free game ticket to the July 7 game against the Sugar Land Skeeters as part of the first-ever "Lucky 7" promotion. CLICK HERE for more information.

Tickets for the game and every Ducks regular season home game 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 make the game can follow all the action live on the Ducks official YouTube channel. Live streaming video and audio will be available by CLICKING HERE.

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Duck Tales: Cody Puckett extended his on-base streak to 24 games with his three-hit performance Sunday. Puckett has hit safely in 21 of  the 24 games during the streak. Puckett also recorded his 14th multi-hit game this year, which ties him with Lew Ford for the team lead…Joash Brodin extended his on-base streak to 22 consecutive games with a walk in the seventh inning...Randy Ruiz’s solo home run in the seventh inning was his third with the Ducks. With that hit, Ruiz has now hit safely nine of the 12 games that he has played with the Flock this season…Fehlandt Lentini has now hit safely in nine of the past 10 games. During that span, Lentini has scored 13 runs and stolen seven bases.


Game Date: 06/01/2014
Somerset Patriots  6 AT Long Island Ducks  5 (EXTRA INNINGS)

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
N.Spears 2B         4  2  2  1  .266  F.Lentini CF        6  1  2  1  .307
A.Eggleston LF      5  1  3  0  .187  C.Puckett 2B        6  0  3  2  .316
L.Montanez RF       7  0  2  1  .290  L.Ford DH           4  0  0  0  .368
C.Smith 3B          5  0  0  2  .303  J.Brodin RF         5  1  1  0  .235
R.Widlansky DH      6  1  1  0  .217  R.Ruiz 1B           5  1  2  1  .306
E.Martinez-Este 1B  5  0  2  0  .288  B.Harris 3B         5  0  0  0  .213
J.Tucker CF         5  1  2  0  .225  A.Bailey LF         5  0  0  0  .250
E.Maysonet SS       5  1  2  1  .231  K.Castillo C        5  1  1  0  .237
D.Espino C          5  0  1  1  .203  D.Lyons SS          2  1  1  0  .242
                                       S.Miranda PH,SS    1  0  0  1  .250
                   47  6 15  6                           44  5 10  5

Somerset             0 1 0   0 2 1   0 1 0   0 0 1 -  6 15  0
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   4 1 0   0 0 0 -  5 10  3
2B--A.Eggleston (1), E.Maysonet (6), D.Lyons (7). HR--N.Spears (4), R.Ruiz
(3). RBI--N.Spears (21), L.Montanez (19), C.Smith  2 (18), E.Maysonet (9),
D.Espino (6), F.Lentini (17), C.Puckett  2 (21), R.Ruiz (8), S.Miranda (5).
HP--J.Tucker (2). SF--C.Smith (2), E.Maysonet (3). SH--N.Spears (0),
B.Harris (0). SB--J.Tucker (4), F.Lentini (16). E--K.Castillo (5), D.Lyons
(8), S.Miranda (2). 
LOB--Somerset 16, L Island 11. DP--C. Puckett(2B) - B. Harris(3B) - R.
Ruiz(1B), J. Lansford(P) - K. Castillo(C) - R. Ruiz(1B), E. Maysonet(SS) -
N. Spears(2B) - E. Martinez-Esteve(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
M.Langwell                      6.2   4   1   1   2   3   1    3.69
J.Reichenbach                   0.0   1   1   1   0   0   0    6.23
C.Fisher                        0.1   2   2   2   1   0   0    1.76
J.Lowey                         1.0   1   1   1   3   0   0    2.08
M.Solbach                       2.0   1   0   0   1   1   0    2.57
M.DeMark (W,4-1)                1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.39
J.Hunton (S,8)                  1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    3.55
                               12    10   5   5   7   5   1
 L Island
J.Lansford                      6.0   8   4   4   3   0   1    4.50
J.Lansford                      1.0   2   0   0   0   0   0    0.56
E.Niesen                        1.0   1   1   1   2   1   0    2.60
J.Meloan                        2.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
J.Accardo (L,3-4)               2.0   3   1   1   2   0   0    5.28
                               12    15   6   6   7   2   1
WP--J.Accardo (2). PB--D.Espino, K.Castillo 2. HB--J.Lansford (1).
SO--D.Espino 2, L.Ford, R.Ruiz, B.Harris, A.Bailey 2. BB--N.Spears 2,
A.Eggleston 2, C.Smith, E.Martinez-Esteve, D.Espino, L.Ford 2, J.Brodin,
R.Ruiz, A.Bailey, D.Lyons, S.Miranda. BF--M.Langwell 25 (160),
J.Reichenbach (35), C.Fisher 4 (56), J.Lowey 7 (50), M.Solbach 8 (59),
M.DeMark 3 (48), J.Hunton 4 (60), J.Lansford 30 (111), J.Lansford 5 (62),
E.Niesen 6 (80), J.Meloan 7 (19), J.Accardo 10 (67). P-S--M.Langwell 77-47,
J.Reichenbach 3-2, C.Fisher 14-7, J.Lowey 27-10, M.Solbach 21-11, M.DeMark
4-3, J.Hunton 6-6, J.Lansford 111-64, J.Lansford 8-7, E.Niesen 21-10,
J.Meloan 21-13, J.Accardo 19-9. 
T--4:41.  A--5637

Plate Umpire - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #1 - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #2 - David Speranza


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