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DUCKS STYMIE SOMERSET IN SERIES OPENER

Long Island holds Patriots to five hits in 3-1 win

(Central Islip, N.Y., August 21, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 3-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the Ducks' fourth-straight win over Somerset

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Shaun Garceau and Joash Brodin talk about the victory

Joash Brodin put the Ducks in front 2-0 with a two-run home run to right-center field in the second inning off of Patriots starter David Harden. A RBI single to center field by Brendan Harris in the fifth extended the lead to three.

Somerset clawed back to within a run in the eighth on Brian Barden’s RBI single to left off Ducks starter Shaun Garceau. However, Tommy Organ and David Kopp kept the Patriots off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.

Garceau (12-3) earned the win, tossing seven and one-third innings, allowing just one run on four hits and five walks while striking out two. Harden (1-3) took the loss, yielding three runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings. Kopp earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Brodin led the Flock offensively with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

The Ducks and Patriots continue their four-game set on Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. It’s “Home Run Against Hunger” night at the ballpark, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Commemorative T-Shirts, courtesy of the Janson Family ShopRite of Hauppauge and Patchogue. The Ducks will also be hosting a food drive at the game, and fans are asked to donate non-perishable food items by dropping them off at the truck located outside the ballpark. Right-hander Mitch Talbot gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots southpaw Matt Zielinski.

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 online, with live streaming audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. The game can also be heard on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI News Radio.

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Duck Tales: Shaun Garceau won his fourth consecutive start and 12th overall this season with seven and one-third innings of one-run ball on Thursday night. In his last four starts, the right-hander has a 4-0 with a 2.49 ERA, allowing seven runs in 25 and one-third innings. During that span, he has given up 22 hits and nine walks while striking out 16. Garceau is now tied with teammate John Brownell for the Atlantic League lead in wins this year…Ducks starters are now 10-1 with a 2.15 ERA (26 earned runs in 109 innings) after Garceau’s outing on Thursday. In that span, they’ve allowed 94 hits and 24 walks while striking out 67. Dating back to August 2, the starters are 12-2 with a 2.13 ERA, allowing 31 earned runs in 131 innings... Joash Brodin’s two-run home run in the second inning was his seventh longball of the season. The third-year Duck has now gone deep twice in the last five games after hitting a solo homer on Sunday, August 17. The Ducks have now hit a home run in 14 of the 20 games so far during the month of August. Brodin finished with two hits and two RBI to collect his 28th multi-hit game and 14th multi-RBI contest…The Ducks bullpen tossed one and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball on Thursday night. In the last 11 games, Ducks relievers have allowed four runs over 25 innings, good for a 1.44 ERA. In that span, they’ve yielded 18 hits and seven walks with 23 strikeouts. Tommy Organ threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning and now has tossed six and two-thirds scoreless innings as a Duck. In his seven games, the southpaw has allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out eight.

 

Game Date: 08/21/2014
Somerset Patriots  1 AT Long Island Ducks  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
J.Dominguez 2B      4  0  1  0  .272  F.Lentini RF        4  0  1  0  .311
B.Barden 1B         3  0  1  1  .234  B.Harris 3B         4  0  1  1  .285
D.Ward DH           4  0  0  0  .255  L.Ford CF           3  0  1  0  .341
C.Smith 3B          4  0  1  0  .301  B.Hall DH           2  0  0  0  .250
L.Montanez RF       3  0  0  0  .270  A.Bailey LF         3  1  0  0  .299
T.Wright LF         3  0  0  0  .259  C.Puckett 2B        4  0  1  0  .281
A.Donachie C        3  0  0  0  .296  B.Bantz C           3  0  0  0  .263
C.Harrilchak CF     2  0  1  0  .227  J.Brodin 1B         3  2  2  2  .254
S.Kelly SS          3  1  1  0  .188  D.Lyons SS          3  0  0  0  .263
                   29  1  5  1                           29  3  6  3

Somerset             0 0 0   0 0 0   0 1 0 -  1  5  0
L Island             0 2 0   0 1 0   0 0 x -  3  6  0
2B--L.Ford (33), J.Brodin (17). HR--J.Brodin (7). RBI--B.Barden (23),
B.Harris (37), J.Brodin  2 (52). SH--S.Kelly (0). SB--S.Kelly (15). 
LOB--Somerset 8, L Island 6. DP--J. Dominguez(2B) - S. Kelly(SS) - B.
Barden(1B), C. Puckett(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - J. Brodin(1B), F. Lentini(RF) -
D. Lyons(SS). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
D.Harden (L,1-3)                4.2   4   3   3   2   3   1    4.29
M.Sommo                         1.1   1   0   0   2   1   0    4.34
M.Solbach                       1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    3.08
D.McCall                        1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    3.61
                                8     6   3   3   4   5   1
 L Island
S.Garceau (W,12-3)              7.1   4   1   1   5   2   0    4.91
T.Organ                         0.2   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
D.Kopp (S,4)                    1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    2.84
                                9     5   1   1   6   3   0
WP--D.Harden (1), M.Solbach (2). SO--D.Ward, C.Smith, L.Montanez, B.Harris,
L.Ford, A.Bailey, B.Bantz, D.Lyons. BB--B.Barden, L.Montanez, T.Wright,
A.Donachie, C.Harrilchak 2, L.Ford, B.Hall 2, A.Bailey. BF--D.Harden 20
(93), M.Sommo 6 (77), M.Solbach 4 (114), D.McCall 3 (368), S.Garceau 29
(588), T.Organ 3 (26), D.Kopp 4 (103). P-S--D.Harden 86-49, M.Sommo 32-14,
M.Solbach 15-10, D.McCall 8-6, S.Garceau 121-69, T.Organ 11-7, D.Kopp 13-7.

T--2:42.  A--4514
Shane Spencer ejected in the top of the seventh inning for arguing a call

Plate Umpire - Steve Leonardo, Field Umpire #1 - Manolo Alejandro, Field Umpire #2 - Rich Maggio