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Guzman's 8th-Inning Home Run Clinches Patriots' Win

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Patriots' manager Brett Jodie, right, congratulates Carlos Guzman after his 8th-inning two-run home run. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (19-19, 61-47) defeated the Long Island Ducks (23-16, 59-50) 7-5 in the night game of a day-night double header at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.

Tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Carlos Guzman smacked a go-ahead two-run home run (5) to give the Patriots a 7-5 win.

“I wanted to get a ball that I could drive,” said Guzman. “He was probably thinking that I was looking off-speed and came in with the pitch I was looking for, a fastball, and I didn’t try to do too much. I just tried to get the barrel to the ball and it went.”

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Lew Ford put the Ducks up with a solo home run (8) in the top of the first inning.

Long Island added a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Alex Burg.

Trailing 2-0, the Patriots rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alfredo Rodriguez got the scoring started with an RBI double and Justin Trapp tied up the game with a sacrifice fly. Kyle Roller then launched a no-doubt home run (18) to right field and Olmo Rosario followed (5) with a solo shot for a 4-2 lead.

Mark Krauss cut Somerset’s lead to 4-3 with an RBI double in the top of the seventh inning.

Somerset answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single by Trapp for a 5-3 advantage.

The Ducks tied up the game in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Burg (10).

Ronnie Shaban (4-4) picked up the win with an inning of work.  Tyler Wilson (0-2) suffered loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits in an inning pitched. Dustin Molleken earned his second save with a scoreless ninth inning pitched.

The 2017 Somerset Patriots season will continue at home Aug. 17 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Long Island Ducks. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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