Ducks Eliminate Patriots From Playoffs With 5-1 Win

925fbBridgewater, NJ – The Long Island Ducks (3-2, 72-68) defeated the Somerset Patriots (2-3, 77-63) 5-1 in a decisive Game 5 of the Liberty Division Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Sunday evening to advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

 

The Ducks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After what seemed like a double play on Dan Lyon’s first at bat was ruled a catcher’s interference on Rob Kral, Lew Ford doubled home both runs. Ruben Gotay and Tyler Colvin then added RBI singles.

 

“I was just pumped about the double play and then I saw [umpire Freddie DeJesus] run out there and call it. I was looking for Robbie’s reaction and he didn’t have one so right then I knew it must have happened,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie.

 

Long Island plated another run in the second inning on starting pitcher Will Oliver’s third wild pitch of the game.

 

Somerset’s offense was held hitless until the fifth inning when Bryan LaHair singled and later came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Eric Farris that made the score 5-1. It was the Patriots’ first run in 22 consecutive innings in the series.

 

Oliver (0-1) settled down after the second inning to retire 13 in-a-row through the seventh inning. He allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits in seven innings pitched for the loss.

 

John Brownell (1-0) went 5.2 innings on three-days rest and allowed a run on three hits to earn the win.

 

“Each game is unique. We did the best we could at home to put ourselves in a good position for here. We know these games are going to be tough. You go after each game and put a good guy on the hill to have a chance to win that game. It just comes down to a bounce, a hit, or a pitch. There just wasn’t many that went our way at their place,” Jodie added.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford has concluded with the loss on Sunday evening. Information about the 2017 season will be coming soon. Please visit www.somersetpatriots.com or download our Mobile App for free in the Apple or Android App store to keep up to date with all things Somerset Patriots.

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Liberty Division Series Game Five Notes & Preview

Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (2-2, 77-63) visit the Long Island Ducks (2-2, 72-68) for Game Five of the Liberty Division Championship Series. It’s a best-of-five series and this is winner take all. Each team has held serve at home. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The winner faces Sugar Land in the Championship Series which starts on Tuesday at Constellation Field in Texas. Sugar Land swept York in the other side of the bracketspb-4153-playoff-web-1024x576-v3

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Will Oliver (7-2, 3.30 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander John Brownell (10-8, 3.30 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Both started Game One so both are tossing on three day’s rest. Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in 15 of his 17 starts. The Patriots are 5-0 in his last five starts. He has not sustained a loss since July 31st (span of 10 starts). Brownell is the reigning Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year and was tabbed as the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP.

Game One Recap

Shortstop Scott Kelly clubbed walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send 5,124 fans home happy as Somerset edged Long Island 3-2. It was the third year Patriots just second career home run, his first occurring last month in his 219th professional game. This was his 240th professional game. Prior to that home run, he had 178 hits, and 177 of them were either singles or doubles or triples.

Game Two Recap

Savvy southpaw Nik Turley tossed a terrific gem. He hurled seven scoreless innings while striking out 14 and walking just one. He yielded three hits and only needed 100 pitches. Somerset crushed Long Island 10-0. Seven of the nine started recorded multi-hit games.

Game Three Recap

The Patriots came out flat and only mustered one run (a Bryan LaHair solo home run in the 7th) as the Ducks defeated the Patriots 7-1. Lew Ford’s two-run home run in the sixth put the contest out of reach in the sixth inning making the score go from 2-0 to 4-0

Game Four Recap

Nine hole hitter, and All-Star Anthony Vega pounded a two-run home run in the home half of the third inning that proved to be the difference in the 2-0 Long Island win. Somerset stranded multiple men on base in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Jarret Leverett and Shaun Garceau were involved in an epic pitcher’s duel.

For All The Marbles

The Somerset Patriots are 1-2 in decisive Game 5’s in the Brett Jodie Era.

Sustaining Success

The Somerset Patriots secured a postseason slot by claiming the Second Half Liberty Division Title. It’s the franchises fourth straight playoff appearance and 13th time qualifying for the postseason in the franchise’s 19 years of existence. The Patriots are eye balling their seventh Atlantic League Title as they also hoisted the hardware in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2015.

Postseason Theme

Scott Kelly is 8-for-15 to pace the offense in the playoffs thus far. The Patriots pitchers have struck out 38 Ducks batters and only walked 10.

Rivalry Renewed

The Patriots and Ducks went 12-12 against each other this year including playoffs. 17 of the 24 games were decided by three runs or fewer. Four of the contest went to extra innings. It’s the third time in the last four years these squads match up in the playoffs. The all-time series is 165-164 in favor of Somerset as the fierce rivalry began in the year 2000.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton is 7-for-7 in his career in postseason save situations. He led the league in saves with 37. It’s his fourth straight year of at least amassing 30 saves. He is the league’s all-time saves leader at 165.

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Ducks Shut Out Patriots To Force A Decisive Game 5 In Division Series

 

924fbBridgewater, NJ – The Long Island Ducks (2-2, 72-68) shut out the Somerset Patriots (2-2, 77-63) 2-0 in Game 4 of the Liberty Division Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Saturday evening. With the win, the Ducks have forced a deciding Game 5 Sunday in Long Island.

 

Shaun Garceau (0-1) took the mound for Somerset with the ability to clinch the series and move on to the championship. He gave the Patriots everything they needed to win for 6.2 innings, making just one mistake in the third inning when Anthony Vega put the Ducks up 2-0 on a home run (1) to right field. All four Long Island hits came in that inning.

 

“[Garceau] had Vega out in front and he caught exactly the right part of the bat there. He kept his hands back enough and kind of flipped it out there and that’s all it takes sometimes,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie.

 

The Patriots outhit the Ducks in the loss, but couldn’t plate any runs in the three innings the team threatened. After a 10-run shutout win on Thursday night, Somerset’s offense has struggled, mustering just one run the past two games on a solo home run by Bryan LaHair in Game 3.

 

“We spread our hits out a little too much and were never able to get that big one to drive in runs,” added Jodie. “We were right there ready to strike, but their starter did a great job, so did ours. It was a pitchers’ duel and they came out on top.”

 

Jarret Leverett (1-0) went seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn the win. Todd Coffey got the save (1), allowing a hit in a scoreless inning of work.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road in Long Island for Game 5 of the Liberty Division Series on Sunday evening at 5:05 pm. Should the Somerset Patriots advance to the Championship Series, the team will host Games 3-5 (if necessary) at TD Bank Ballpark beginning on Friday, September 30th at 7:05 pm. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com. Download our Mobile App for free in the Apple or Android App store.

 

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Liberty Division Series Game Four Notes & Preview

Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (2-1, 77-63) visit the Long Island Ducks (1-2, 72-68) for Game Four of the Liberty Division Series. It’s a best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. The Patriots lead the series 2-1. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The winner faces Sugar Land in the Championship Series which starts on Tuesday at Constellation Field in Texas. Sugar Land swept York in the other side of the bracket.spb-4153-playoff-web-1024x576-v3

Game One Recap

Shortstop Scott Kelly clubbed walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send 5,124 fans home happy as Somerset edged Long Island 3-2. It was the third year Patriots just second career home run, his first occurring last month in his 219th professional game. This was his 240th professional game. Prior to that home run, he had 178 hits, and 177 of them were either singles or doubles or triples.

Game Two Recap

Savvy southpaw Nik Turley tossed a terrific gem. He hurled seven scoreless innings while striking out 14 and walking just one. He yielded three hits and only needed 100 pitches. Somerset crushed Long Island 10-0. Seven of the nine started recorded multi-hit games.

Game Three Recap

The Patriots came out flat and only mustered one run (a Bryan LaHair solo home run in the 7th) as the Ducks defeated the Patriots 7-1. Lew Ford’s two-run home run in the sixth put the contest out of reach in the sixth inning making the score go from 2-0 to 4-0.

Sustaining Success

The Somerset Patriots secured a postseason slot by claiming the Second Half Liberty Division Title. It’s the franchises fourth straight playoff appearance and 13th time qualifying for the postseason in the franchise’s 19 years of existence. The Patriots are eye balling their seventh Atlantic League Title as they also hoisted the hardware in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2015.

Postseason Theme

Scott Kelly is 6-for-11 to pace the offense in the playoffs thus far. The Patriots pitchers have struck out 32 Ducks batters and only walked six.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Shaun Garceau (4-6, 4.97 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw hurler Jarret Leverett (6-9, 3.74 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Garceau won a title for York (2011) and Long Island (2013) plus was an All-Star for the Ducks in 2014. Leverett began the year with New Britain.

Rivalry Renewed

The Patriots and Ducks went 10-10 against each other this year in regular season. 15 of the 20 games were decided by three runs or fewer. Three of the contest went to extra innings. It’s the third time in the last four years these squads match up in the playoffs. The all-time series is 165-163 in favor of Somerset as the fierce rivalry began in the year 2000.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton is 7-for-7 in his career in postseason save situations. He led the league in saves with 37. It’s his fourth straight year of at least amassing 30 saves. He is the league’s all-time saves leader at 165.

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Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 6:35 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com. Download the free new Patriots App by searching Somerset Patriots in the App Store on your phone or tablet.

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Ducks Avoid Elimination With 7-1 Win Over Patriots

923fbBridgewater, NJ – Facing elimination, the Long Island Ducks (1-2, 72-68) topped the Somerset Patriots (2-1, 77-63) 7-1 in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Friday evening.

 

“They came out ready to play and we were a little flat for some reason. I thought [starting pitcher Nick] Struck threw the ball well against us. These are two really good teams going at it and we have to come out ready to play tomorrow,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie.

 

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Fehlandt Lentini in the third inning.

 

Ruben Gotay added to Long Island’s lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning that made the score 2-0.

 

The big hit came in the sixth inning when Lew Ford hit a two-run home run (1) to straight away center that gave the Ducks a 4-0 advantage.

 

The Patriots lone run came on a solo home run by Bryan LaHair (1) in the top of the seventh inning.

 

The Ducks padded their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning on Lentini’s second RBI single of the game.

 

Long Island plated two more runs in the eighth inning on two throwing errors and a Tyler Colvin home run (1) for the 7-1 final.

 

Struck (1-0) earned the win, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings pitched. Alexis Candelario (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings pitched.

 

“I was actually proud of the way [Candelario] threw the ball. He gave up a couple of RBI hits and obviously the two-run homer was the big one,” said Jodie. “For the most part, I thought he kept them off balance pretty good. They weren’t squaring it up early, but they were managing to find some holes and that’s the name of the game.”

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road in Long Island for the remainder of the Liberty Division Series with Game 4 on Saturday evening at 6:35 pm. Should the Somerset Patriots advance to the Championship Series, the team will host Games 3-5 (if necessary) at TD Bank Ballpark beginning on Friday, September 30th at 7:05 pm. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com. Download our Mobile App for free in the Apple or Android App store.

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