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Ducks Shut Out Patriots 3-0

August 8, 2009 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Somerset Patriots News Release

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY- The Long Island Ducks shutout the Somerset Patriots 3-0 in front of 7,006 fans at Citibank Park on Saturday evening.

Long Island broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead when shortstop Juan Francia hit a one out bloop single to shallow center and scored on a two run home run (7) to left by centerfielder Lew Ford.

The Ducks added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 3-0 when rightfielder Johnny Hernandez hit a one out triple to right center and came home on an RBI single to right by catcher John Pachot.

Ducks' starter B.J. LaMura (7-7) picked up the win, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six and walking three. Patriots' starter Jim Magrane (11-4) suffered the complete game loss, allowing three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out nine in eight innings pitched. Ducks' closer Bill Simas pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 17th save of the season.

With the loss the Patriots dropped to 19-10 in the second half and 62-37 overall while the Ducks improved to 13-15 and 50-48 overall.

The 2009 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Tuesday, August 11th when the Patriots return home for a 7:05 pm against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The game features Bark in the Park Night with Chew Toys for the first 250 dogs courtesy of The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. For tickets, stop by the Patriots Ticket Office located at the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit

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