Early Runs Lead Somerset Past Long Island
(Central Islip, N.Y.) - The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-3 on Thursday night in a rain-shortened series finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Edwin Espinal opened the scoring with a solo home run to left-center field in the top of the first inning off Ducks starter Brian Matusz. An RBI double by Justin Pacchioli along with an RBI single by Jimmy Paredes in the third extended the lead to three.
Back-to-back two-run frames in the fifth and sixth made it a 7-0 game. Paredes' two-run double, a sac fly to center by Edwin Espinal and an RBI infield single by Mike Ohlman did the damage. Long Island rallied for three runs in the eighth on Deibinson Romero's two-run double and Ramon Cabrera's RBI single. However, the rains then came and ended the game early.
Patriots starter Rick Teasley (5-2) earned the win, tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out three. Matusz (0-2) took the loss, conceding five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts.
D'Arby Myers and Rey Fuentes each had two hits to pace the Flock offensively.
The Ducks hit the road on Friday to open a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. 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. Right-hander Joe Iorio (5-2, 2.90) gets the start for the Ducks against Bees lefty David Roseboom (1-1, 3.56).
Long Island returns home on Monday, August 26, to begin a four four-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. 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). It's a K-Man Merch Monday! A designated player on the Blue Crabs will be selected as the 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. If he strikes out a second time, the discount will grow to 20%. A third strikeout by the K-Man increases the savings to 30%. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX.
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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