(Bridgewater, N.J., April 27, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Patriots scratched out the game’s first run in the opening inning against Ducks starter Bobby Blevins as Nate Spears scored on an error by Chris McClendon. The Ducks answered back to tie the score in the third against Patriots starter Zach Kroenke when Joash Brodin’s sacrifice fly to right plated Cody Puckett.
Long Island took the lead in the fourth on a sac fly to center by Ryan Strieby and added another run in the fifth on Brodin’s RBI double to left-center. The Ducks increased the lead to 4-1 in the seventh on a bloop single to right by Brodin and a throwing error by Ty Wright.
Somerset closed to within one on a RBI double by Robbie Widlansky and a run-scoring groundout from Damaso Espino in the seventh. However, Puckett answered back in the eighth with a two-out, two-run single to put the game out of reach.
Blevins (1-0) earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on just one hit while striking out six. Kroenke (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding three runs on five hits in five innings of work. Leo Rosales earned his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.
Puckett led the Flock with three hits while Brodin and Sergio Miranda each added two.
Following a day off on Monday, the Ducks return to the road on Tuesday when they open a three-game set against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Left-hander Matt Way will toe the rubber for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Ian Marshall. Fans can follow all the action live online, with streaming audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/ducksbaseball.
Long Island will return home on Friday, May 2 for the 2014 Home Opener against the York Revolution. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Replica Championship Rings, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Prior to the game, the Ducks will also host a Championship Ring and Banner Raising Ceremony to celebrate the team’s 2013 Atlantic League title. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:30 to enjoy this momentous occasion.
Tickets for the home opener and all 70 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