Central Islip, NY – The Long Island Ducks (5-2, 45-32) rallied against the Somerset Patriots (5-3, 43-35) bullpen to score four runs the final two frames to hang on for a 6-3 win Friday evening at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Ducks plated two first inning runs to capture a 2-0 lead. Dan Lyons clubbed an RBI sacrifice fly while another run crossed home via a Will Oliver wild pitch.
Somerset would score three subsequent runs all with two outs. In the third inning Eric Farris blooped an RBI single, while another run scampered home via a John Brownell wild pitch. David Vidal would break the 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a sharp RBI single.
“I think it’s important for us to get a couple of big two-out hits per game,” said Mycal Jones who finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. “Those can change the momentum of a game and give our pitchers confidence.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning the Ducks scored three times to take a 5-3 lead. They would improve to 36-1 when leading after seven innings. Mike Minicozzi slugged a solo home run (3) and Mike Dowd socked a two-run home run (2).
Lyons would add another RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as the Ducks would double up the Patriots by a final score of 6-3.
Brownell (7-3) earned the win, hurling seven innings of three run baseball. Jeremy McBryde (6-4) sustained the loss, yielding three runs in one inning of work. Todd Coffey notched his 14th save of the year after tossing an impressive final frame.
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