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LATE RALLY LIFTS PATRIOTS OVER DUCKS

Somerset scores four in seventh to top Long Island
 

(Central Islip, N.Y., August 23, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-3 on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the ballgame


POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Cody Puckett talk about the game

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning on Lew Ford’s RBI groundout to second base off Patriots starter David Purcey. Somerset answered in the second with back-to-back two-out RBI doubles by Brian Barden and Damaso Espino off Ducks starter John Brownell.

It stayed that way until the seventh inning when the Patriots put up a four-spot to take a 6-1 lead. Luis Montanez’s solo homer, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Edwin Maysonet and a two-run home run by Jeff Dominguez did the damage.

Following a Ty Wright RBI double in the ninth, the Ducks rallied for two runs in the bottom of the frame. Sac flies by Ford and Bill Hall brought the Ducks to within four, but that was as close as they would come.

Purcey did not factor into the decision, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in three and one-third innings. Derell McCall (6-5) got the win after tossing two scoreless innings of relief, yielding four hits while striking out one. Brownell (12-8) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits while striking out seven in six and one-third innings. Jon Hunton earned his 40th save by recording the game’s final out.

Cody Puckett led the Flock with four hits in the game, while Fehlandt Lentini added three hits and two runs.

The Ducks and Patriots wrap up their four-game set on Sunday evening. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 4:05. Sunday is Mascot Day at the ballpark, and a variety of different Mascots from across Long Island will stop by the Duck Pond to pose for pictures and say hello to Ducks fans. It is also Bridgehampton National Bank/Suffolk County Boy Scouts Night at the Duck Pond, with the first 1,500 fans in attendance receiving Ducks Logo T-Shirts. Finally, it’s a Sunday Family Funday at the ballpark! Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks from 4:15 to 4:30. After the game, kids and kids at heart can take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Right-hander Bobby Blevins takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots righty Gary Moran.

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: Lew Ford extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games with a single on Saturday. During the streak, he is batting .417 (15-for-36) with six doubles, eight RBI and 10 runs scored. Ford has scored a run in six of the nine games and has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13 games. The former big leaguer also drove in two runs for his 10th two-RBI game and 16th multi-RBI contest. He ranks fourth in the Atlantic League with 76 runs batted in...With three hits on Saturday, Fehlandt Lentini earned his eighth three-hit game of the year. The first-year Duck is now tied with Ford for the team lead with 42 multi-hit games. In addition, Lentini stole his league-leading 42nd base in the first inning and is now a perfect 42-for-42 on the basepaths…With four hits on Saturday night, Cody Puckett picked up his second four-hit game of 2014. His first came on July 12 at Lancaster. The second-year Duck now has 37 multi-hit games this season. In addition, Puckett now has a 10-game hitting streak. During the 10 games, he is batting .409 (18-for-44) with two doubles, one triple, one homer, 12 RBI and four runs…Josh Lansford tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth. He has now allowed just two runs over his last 10 and one-third innings (11 appearances), which is good for a 1.74 ERA. In that span, he’s allowed 13 hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Game Date: 08/23/2014
Somerset Patriots  7 AT Long Island Ducks  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
J.Dominguez RF      5  2  1  2  .261  F.Lentini RF        5  2  3  0  .314
T.Wright LF         4  0  1  1  .258  B.Harris 3B         4  0  1  0  .287
D.Ward 1B           5  0  0  0  .250  L.Ford CF           4  0  1  2  .339
C.Smith 3B          4  0  1  0  .301  B.Hall DH           4  0  0  1  .245
L.Montanez CF       4  1  2  1  .273  A.Bailey LF         4  0  2  0  .297
A.Donachie DH       4  1  1  0  .294  C.Puckett 2B        5  0  4  0  .287
B.Barden 2B         4  2  2  1  .238  J.Brodin 1B         5  0  1  0  .254
D.Espino C          4  1  3  1  .247  J.Vazquez C         4  0  0  0  .210
E.Maysonet SS       3  0  0  1  .232  D.Lyons SS          3  1  1  0  .266
                   37  7 11  7                           38  3 13  3

Somerset             0 2 0   0 0 0   4 0 1 -  7 11  0
L Island             1 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 2 -  3 13  0
2B--T.Wright (13), L.Montanez (26), B.Barden (8), D.Espino (4), F.Lentini
(32), A.Bailey (22). HR--J.Dominguez (2), L.Montanez (14). RBI--J.Dominguez
 2 (15), T.Wright (48), L.Montanez (61), B.Barden (24), D.Espino (17),
E.Maysonet (20), L.Ford  2 (76), B.Hall (15). SF--E.Maysonet (6), L.Ford
(6), B.Hall (1). SB--F.Lentini (42). 
LOB--Somerset 5, L Island 13. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
D.Purcey                        3.1   4   1   1   0   3   0    2.08
D.McCall (W,6-5)                2.0   4   0   0   0   1   0    3.53
D.Herrera                       0.2   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.33
M.Solbach                       1.0   1   0   0   1   1   0    2.96
M.DeMark                        1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    3.86
M.Sommo                         0.2   2   2   2   2   0   0    4.66
J.Hunton (S,40)                 0.1   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.09
                                9    13   3   3   3   6   0
 L Island
J.Brownell (L,12-8)             6.1   7   5   5   0   7   1    3.73
E.Niesen                        0.2   1   1   1   1   0   1    3.43
J.Lansford                      1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    3.05
S.Perez                         1.0   2   1   1   0   0   0    1.13
                                9    11   7   7   1   9   2
SO--J.Dominguez, T.Wright, L.Montanez, A.Donachie 3, B.Barden, D.Espino,
E.Maysonet, F.Lentini, B.Harris 2, J.Brodin, J.Vazquez 2. BB--T.Wright,
B.Harris, A.Bailey, D.Lyons. BF--D.Purcey 14 (158), D.McCall 10 (378),
D.Herrera 2 (148), M.Solbach 5 (119), M.DeMark 4 (145), M.Sommo 6 (83),
J.Hunton 2 (191), J.Brownell 26 (698), E.Niesen 4 (210), J.Lansford 4
(166), S.Perez 5 (30). P-S--D.Purcey 53-36, D.McCall 36-19, D.Herrera 5-4,
M.Solbach 18-11, M.DeMark 17-9, M.Sommo 33-18, J.Hunton 5-3, J.Brownell
115-75, E.Niesen 13-7, J.Lansford 19-13, S.Perez 13-9. 
T--3:25.  A--4527
Shane Spencer and Kevin Baez ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a
call on Jeff Dominguez's home run

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

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