Eighth inning three-run homer gives Flock series-opening win
(Bridgewater, N.J., June 28, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 3-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.
Neither side dented home plate until the bottom of the sixth inning. Jimmy Paredes reached on a leadoff infield single to third base, and Mike Ohlman followed two batters later with an RBI double to left field, putting the Patriots ahead 1-0.
Long Island rallied back in the eighth inning to jump in front. Following a leadoff single to center field by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and an infield single to third by Deibinson Romero, Hector Sanchez launched a one-out, three-run home run to right field, giving the Ducks a 3-1 lead.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Jake Fisher pitched five and one-third innings of one-run ball for the Ducks, allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Liam O’Sullivan tossed six scoreless innings for the Patriots, yielding four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. Cody Mincey (2-0) picked up the win with one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, striking out one. Mike Broadway (1-3) suffered the loss, conceding three runs on three hits in the eighth inning. Enrique Burgos earned his seventh save of the year with a perfect ninth, striking out two.
Ezequiel Carrera led the Flock offensively with three hits, while Romero added two.
The Ducks and Patriots continue their three-game set on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel. Left-hander Darin Downs (0-2, 3.26) takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots righty David Kubiak (7-1, 1.19).
Long Island returns home on Monday, July 1, to begin a four-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters. 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 2019 Ducks Team Photos, courtesy of Pro Game Athletics and StrengthHeals. It’s also a K-Man Merch Monday! A designated player on the Skeeters will be selected as that evening’s K-Man. If the K-Man strikes out during the game, fans will receive a 10% savings on a select item in the Waddle In Shop. For each additional strikeout by the K-Man, the discounts will continue to grow! Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
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