Banwart Blanks Patriots to Finish off Road Trip
(Bridgewater, N.J.) - The Long Island Ducks shut out the Somerset Patriots 6-0 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Ducks broke a scoreless a deadlock in the top of the fourth inning with three runs off Patriots starter David Holmberg. An RBI double down the left field line by Hector Sanchez and a two-out, two-run double to left-center by Steve Lombardozzi did the damage.
Back-to-back home runs runs in the fifth extended the lead to 6-0. Lew Ford clubbed a two-run homer over the left field fence with one out, and Rey Fuentes followed on the next pitch with solo blast to right-center.
Ducks starter Travis Banwart (2-0) was brilliant to earn the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. Holmberg (0-2) took the loss, yielding six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings with three strikeouts. Vin Mazzaro, Enrique Burgos and Josh Lueke each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Flock.
Sanchez and newcomer D'Arby Myers each had two hits to lead the Flock offensively. Lombardozzi and Ford each drove in a pair of runs.
The Ducks return home on Friday to play a single admission doubleheader against the Lancaster Barnstormers. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 for all fans. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive 20th Anniversary Season T-Shirts, courtesy of Petro Home Services. Game two will begin approximately 20-25 minutes after the completion of game one, and both games are slated for seven innings.
Tickets to the doubleheader, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX. Those unable to make the twin bill 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.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
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