Patriots Power Their Way To LDCS Game 4 Win And A Deciding Game 5

LDCSG4 FBFInalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (2-2) hit three home runs to defeat the Long Island Ducks (2-2) 5-3 in Game 4 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening. With the win, the Patriots have evened up the best-of-five playoff series 2-2 and forced a deciding Game 5 at home tomorrow at 5:05 pm.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Ramon Flores.

Craig Massey (1) and Endy Chavez (1) extended Somerset’s lead with home runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 3-0 advantage.

The Ducks answered on a Daniel Fields home run (1) in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 3-1 ballgame.

A Rubi Silva home run (1) in the top of the sixth inning cut Somerset’s lead to 3-2.

The Patriots answered in the bottom of the frame on a clutch two-run home run by Mike Fransoso (1) that gave Somerset a 5-2 lead.

“It was nice. It was in a big situation so I was glad that I could come up there and help the team to put a couple runs on the board,” said Fransoso. “Numbers mean nothing when you get here. It’s just all about wins. If we can come away with a win, I’m happy and the guys have been playing real well the last few days.”

Taylor Ard drove in a run with an RBI double in the top of the ninth inning for the 5-3 final.

Rick Teasley (1-0) picked up the win, giving up a run on six hits and six strikeouts in five innings pitched. Lorenzo Barcelo (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Ryan Kelly gave up a run, but earned his first save of the postseason.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a deciding Game 5 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Sunday, September 23rd at 5:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Patriots Battle Back Into LDCS With Big Win Before Record Crowd

LDCS G3 FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (1-2) defeated the Long Island Ducks (2-1) 8-4 in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series before an Atlantic League Playoff record 8,143 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening. The Patriots cut the Ducks lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took an early 2-0 lead when David Washington struck again, hitting his third home run of the series in the top of the fourth inning.

A Jayce Boyd RBI double in the next inning got the Patriots on the board and shrunk the deficit to 2-1.

Long Island answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Taylor Ard that made the score 3-1.

The Patriots jumped in front with a four-run bottom of the sixth inning. Mike Fransoso started the scoring with an RBI double, Yovan Gonzalez followed with an RBI single, and Endy Chavez plated a run on a fielder’s choice. Boyd then drove home another run on a base hit to left field for a 5-3 advantage.

The Ducks got one back in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Daniel Fields to make it a 5-4 ballgame.

The Patriots broke the game open on a three-run double by Chavez in the bottom of the frame for an 8-4 lead that would ultimately be the final score.

“We needed it. We knew if we didn’t win, we wouldn’t be playing tomorrow,” said Chavez, who finished the game with four RBI. “That was fun. The team played very hard throughout and we never gave up. I like that challenge. I like the competition and that’s what we played for tonight.”

David Kubiak (1-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits and five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Jose Cuas (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two unearned runs on two hits in 0.2 innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with Game 4 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Ducks Crush Patriots To Take 2-0 LDCS Lead

LDCS G2 FBFinalCentral Islip, NY- The Long Island Ducks (2-0) defeated the Somerset Patriots (0-2) 11-1 in Game 2 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday evening to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Jordany Valdespin and a two-run single by Daniel Fields.

Long Island opened up the game with a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by David Washington (1).

Somerset got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning on a Mike Fransoso RBI single that made it an 8-1 ballgame.

David Washington answered for the Ducks in the bottom of the frame with his second three-run homer (2) of the game.

Jake Fisher (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings pitched. Stephen Perakslis (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Friday, September 21st at 7:05 pm. The game at TD Bank Ballpark will feature a Post Game Fireworks Show. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Ducks Take A Lopsided Game 1 Of Liberty Division Championship Over Patriots

LDCSGame1FBFinalCentral Islip, NY- The Long Island Ducks (1-0) defeated the Somerset Patriots (0-1) 9-2 in Game 1 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday evening to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a two-run triple by Daniel Fields and an RBI single by Lew Ford.

Long Island extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI triple by Jordany Valdespin, who then scored on an error on the play for a 5-0 advantage.

The Patriots got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Craig Massey that cut the lead to 5-1.

Ramon Flores hit a solo home run (1) in the top of the sixth inning to make it a 5-2 game. Flores was the lone bright spot for Somerset, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a run, a home run, and an RBI.

“It was a good night personally, but not what we were looking to do as a team,” said Flores. “We have to definitely do better as a team. We understand it’s a short series so we have to work hard every game and every inning until we get the win.”

The Ducks answered in the bottom of the frame with two runs on a sacrifice fly by Fields and an RBI single by Ford to stretch the lead to 7-2.

Another two runs scored in the bottom of the seventh inning on an error and a sacrifice fly by Valdespin for a 9-2 advantage.

“We need to pick it up in all facets of the game,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “It was pretty abnormal, our showing tonight. We really haven’t shown that in the regular season. We need to improve in all aspects. We didn’t pitch the ball well, we didn’t play great defense, and we didn’t really have good at-bats. We have to quickly get back to doing what we do.”

Matt Larkins (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Vince Molesky (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs – four earned – on nine hits in five innings.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road with Game 2 of the Liberty Division Championship Series between the Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, September 20th. Game 3 of the series will take place at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, September 21st and will feature Post Game Fireworks. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Patriots Fall To Revs In Regular Season Finale

York, PA- The Somerset Patriots (37-26, 72-54) lost 6-1 to the York Revolution (35-28, 67-59) on the final day of the 2018 regular season at PeoplesBank Park on Sunday afternoon.

Somerset started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth when NJ native Scott Kelly smacked an RBI double to make it 1-0. However, that was the only offense the Patriots would get. FINAL-916-fb

York responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, coming on one swing of the bat. Alonzo Harris sent a towering ball over the wall in left field to propel the Revolution in front 3-1.

The Revolution added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to finish the scoring.

Jailen Peguero (3-5) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts and two walks.

Rick Teasley (4-5) took the loss, giving up three earned runs over 4.2 IP with one walk and five strikeouts.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road for the remainder of the regular season before returning to TD Bank Ballpark for Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Friday, September 21st at 7:05 pm. The game includes Post Game Fireworks. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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