Ducks Take 2-1 Lead In Liberty Division Series Over Patriots

Game3LibertyFBScoreBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (2-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-2) 6-1 before an Atlantic League playoff record 8,131 fans at TD Bank Ballpark in Game Three of the Liberty Division Series. With the win, the Ducks have taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on RBI base hits by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Angelo Songco.

“I thought [starting pitcher Will Oliver] was throwing strike one tonight early. He just left some balls up and they took advantage of it,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He left the two-strike pitches up and they were able to do enough with them.”

Long Island extended the lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Dan Lyons and an RBI double by Giovanny Alonzo that made the score 5-0.

A solo home run by Anthony Vega (1) in the top of the eighth inning gave the Ducks a 6-0 advantage.

The Patriots lone run came on an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning by David Vidal that just missed clearing the fence for the 6-1 final.

Jake Fisher (1-0) picked up the complete game win, allowing a run on six hits and nine strikeouts. Will Oliver (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on ten hits in six innings pitched.

“We seemed to have a couple good at bats against Fisher. We just never could seem to push anything across and really didn’t threaten often. He did a great job. I really can’t take anything away from him,” Jodie added.

The Liberty Division Series continues at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening with Game 4 at 7:05 pm. Pitching Probables are Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64 ERA) vs. Patriots RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76 ERA). For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Liberty Division Series: Game 3 Preview

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks square off in the Liberty Division Series.
Fans That Purchase Tickets For Game 3 Will Receive Tickets For Games 4 & 5 (If Necessary) For FREE. Just bring your Game 3 ticket to the box office to pick up your tickets for Games 4 & 5.
SERIES TIED: 1-1
Liberty Division Schedule:
Game 1: PATRIOTS 7 Ducks 1. Mark Hamburger goes 7 innings and strikes out 7 for the win. Click For Recap!
Game 2: Patriots 1 DUCKS 4. Alex Burg homered and Matt Larkins got the win to even up the series. Click For Recap!
Game 3: Friday September 22nd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm- Post Game Fireworks Show!
Games 4 (If Necessary): Saturday, September 23rd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm
Game 5 (If Necessary): Sunday, September 24th at TD Bank Ballpark at 5:05 pm
Pitching Probables:
Game 1: Patriots RHP Mark Hamburger (13-6, 3.56- 2017 Stats For St. Paul) vs. Ducks RHP John Brownell (10-5, 3.44)
Game 2: Patriots LHP Mike Antonini (2-1, 1.61) vs. Ducks RHP Matt Larkins (9-7, 3.69)
Game 3: Ducks LHP Jake Fisher (0-0, 2.76) vs. RHP Will Oliver (8-6, 4.78)
Games 4 Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76)
Game 5 TBD
Game 3 Preview:

 

Game 2 Recap:
The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Lew Ford.
Long Island put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a wild pitch followed by an RBI single by Elmer Reyes that made the score 3-0.

 

Game 1 Recap:
Mark Hamburger (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts on 118 pitches.
“We sat outside and tried to nibble away at the corners. We also didn’t go away from going right at them” said Hamburger. “[Starting catcher Yovan Gonzalez] just gave me really good signs and we just flowed well together.”

2017 Regular Season Series Head-To-Head: 9-11

1st Half Home: 4-2, Road: 2-5
2nd Half Home: 2-5, Road: 2-1
All-Time Series Head-To-Head: 172-173
All-Time Playoffs Head-To-Head: 8-9
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks At Home: 89-81
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks On Road: 83-92
Somerset Patriots Playoff History:
6 Atlantic League Championships:
2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015
10 Division Championships:
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
18 Half Championships:
1999, 2000 (2x), 2001 (2x), 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 (2x), 2010, 2014 (2x), 2015 (2x), 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2013
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 44-34
Division Series: 24-15
Championship Series: 21-19
Elimination Games: 11-7
Long Island Ducks Playoff History:
3 Atlantic League Championship:
2004, 2012, 2013
5 Division Championships:
2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
12 Half Championships:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 (2x), 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2015
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 30-31
Division Series: 20-21
Championship Series: 10-10
Elimination Games: 11-8
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The Ducks Even Up The Liberty Division Series With 4-1 Win

Playoffs- Ducks Facebook Score LDCSG2Central Islip, NY- The Long Island Ducks (1-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-1) 4-1 at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday evening to take Game Two and even up the Liberty Division Series at 1-1.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Lew Ford.

Long Island put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a wild pitch followed by an RBI single by Elmer Reyes that made the score 3-0.

Somerset got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Kyle Roller.

The Patriots biggest opportunity came in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded, but failed to capitalize and drive in any runs to close the gap.

“We actually grinded out some at bats. We threatened at times. The problem was we waited until there were two outs each time,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “It’s never too late, but there is no room for error there. A fly ball becomes out number three instead of a sacrifice fly there. But we never gave up, we kept pressing and worked the pitch counts to do a good job getting on base. We just never got that big hit to put something across.”

Alex Burg made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run (1).

Matt Larkins (1-0) allowed a run on four hits and seven walks in 5.2 innings pitched for the win. Mike Antonini (0-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and four strikeouts in four innings pitched.

“I thought Antonini just wasn’t as sharp as usual. He let the leadoff guy on each inning I think,” added Jodie. “It felt like he was battling himself a little bit. I don’t know if he was trying to be too fine, but he never looked too comfortable. He did manage to minimize every inning, except the one that they got to him a little bit. That’s all it takes in a game like this.”

The Liberty Division Series shifts to TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night at 7:05 pm. The game features a pitching matchup of Ducks LHP Jake Fisher (0-0, 2.76 ERA) vs. Patriots RHP Will Oliver (8-6, 4.78 ERA).

Game Three of the series features a Postgame Fireworks Show. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Liberty Division Series: Game 2 Preview

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks square off in the Liberty Division Series.
Liberty Division Schedule:
Game 1: PATRIOTS 7 Ducks 1. Mark Hamburger goes 7 innings and strikes out 7 for the win. Click For Recap!
Game 2: Thursday, September 21st at Long Island at 6:35 pm
Game 3: Friday September 22nd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm- Post Game Fireworks Show!
Games 4 (If Necessary): Saturday, September 23rd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm
Game 5 (If Necessary): Sunday, September 24th at TD Bank Ballpark at 5:05 pm
Pitching Probables:
Game 1: Patriots RHP Mark Hamburger (13-6, 3.56- 2017 Stats For St. Paul) vs. Ducks RHP John Brownell (10-5, 3.44)
Game 2: Patriots LHP Mike Antonini (2-1, 1.61) vs. Ducks RHP Matt Larkins (9-7, 3.69)
Game 3: Ducks LHP Jake Fisher (0-0, 2.76) vs. RHP Will Oliver (8-6, 4.78)
Games 4 Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76)
Game 5 TBD
Game 2 Preview:

Game 1 Recap:

Mark Hamburger (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts on 118 pitches.
“We sat outside and tried to nibble away at the corners. We also didn’t go away from going right at them” said Hamburger. “[Starting catcher Yovan Gonzalez] just gave me really good signs and we just flowed well together.”

2017 Regular Season Series Head-To-Head: 9-11

1st Half Home: 4-2, Road: 2-5
2nd Half Home: 2-5, Road: 2-1
All-Time Series Head-To-Head: 172-173
All-Time Playoffs Head-To-Head: 8-8
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks At Home: 89-81
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks On Road: 83-92
Somerset Patriots Playoff History:
6 Atlantic League Championships:
2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015
10 Division Championships:
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
18 Half Championships:
1999, 2000 (2x), 2001 (2x), 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 (2x), 2010, 2014 (2x), 2015 (2x), 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2013
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 44-33
Division Series: 24-14
Championship Series: 21-19
Elimination Games: 11-7
Long Island Ducks Playoff History:
3 Atlantic League Championship:
2004, 2012, 2013
5 Division Championships:
2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
12 Half Championships:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 (2x), 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2015
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 29-31
Division Series: 19-21
Championship Series: 10-10
Elimination Games: 11-8
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Hamburger and Rosario Lead Patriots To LDCS Game 1 Win

Game 1 Liberty Division Facebook ScoreCentral Islip, NY- The Somerset Patriots (1-0) defeated the Long Island Ducks (0-1) 7-1 at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday evening to take Game One of the Liberty Division Series.

Mark Hamburger (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts on 118 pitches.

“We sat outside and tried to nibble away at the corners. We also didn’t go away from going right at them” said Hamburger. “[Starting catcher Yovan Gonzalez] just gave me really good signs and we just flowed well together.”

Offensively, Somerset was led by Olmo Rosario, who went 5-for-5 with two RBI. He got the Patriots on the board with an RBI single in a five-run third inning that also included an RBI base hit by Joe Maloney and three more runs on a pair of errors.

“When you feel good everything that happens is usually good,” said Rosario. “I didn’t try to do too much. I just wanted to see the ball and get a good swing on it.”

The Ducks lone run came in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Anthony Vega to cut the lead to 5-1.

Rosario struck again in the top of sixth inning with an RBI single to centerfield. Kyle Roller followed with a base hit that put Somerset up 7-1, which would be the final.

Every Somerset starter had at least one hit in the game, with Alfredo Rodriguez and Tyler Bortnick each recording two singles. Rodriguez also added two runs in his 2-for-5 performance.

The Liberty Division Series continues in Central Islip on Thursday night when Somerset’s LHP Mike Antonini (2-1, 1.61 ERA) takes the mound against Long Island’s RHP Matt Larkins (9-7, 3.69 ERA) at 6:35 pm.

Game Three of the series is scheduled from Friday, September 22nd at TD Bank Ballpark with a Postgame Fireworks Show. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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