Central Islip, NY – The Somerset Patriots (8-3) defeated the Long Island Ducks (2-9) 6-5 Tuesday night from Bethpage Ballpark to win the first game of the three game midweek series. Somerset notched their fifth win in a row while also tallying their fifth come from behind victory of the season. The Patriots are five games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2010 campaign.
The Ducks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as catcher Ramon Castro laced a RBI single and first baseman Ryan Strieby socked a RBI double.
Long Island scored twice more in the home half of the second inning as center fielder Danny Perales blasted a two run home run (3) to right field to expand the lead to 4-0.
Somerset got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning as right fielder Luis Montanez drew a bases load walk to plate a run making the score 4-1.
The Patriots then rallied to take the lead in the top of the eighth inning which they would not relinquish. Montanez slapped a two RBI opposite field double down the right field line to make the score 4-3. Three batters later pinch hitter Mike Wilson squeaked a two out, two strike, two RBI go ahead single through the left side to catapult the Patriots in front 5-4. The Patriots tacked on an insurance run as Jonny Tucker hit a RBI single making the score 6-4.
The Ducks scratched across a run in the home half of the eighth inning as designated hitter Ben Broussard poked a RBI single to right field cutting the deficit in half to make the contest 6-5, but it wasn’t enough for the Ducks as they would ultimately lose by that same score.
The winning pitcher was David Harden (1-0) and the losing pitcher was Jared Lansford (0-1). Jon Hunton collected his fourth save pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he faced his former squad from last year.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, May 3rd when the Patriots return home for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.