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Late Inning Rally Lifts Long Island Past Somerset

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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Long Island Ducks (30-29) to a 4-2 victory over the Somerset Patriots (36-23) at Bethpage Ballpark Wednesday night.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Marc Krauss’ two-run home run to right-center field gave Long Island the first lead of the ballgame.

Somerset evened the score in the top of the eighth on a Greg Golson RBI single and a bases-loaded walk allowed to Christian Marrero. The tied score was short-lived, however, as the Ducks plated two in the bottom of the eighth on RBI singles from Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo to take a 4-2 lead.

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“It was a good ballgame,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “I liked how we fought back with some good at-bats in the eighth, but it’s always tough to give the lead right back. That’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Zac Treece (4-1) earned the win after a scoreless third of an inning. Justin Wright (2-1) took the loss, yielding two runs on four hits in one inning. Amalio Diaz (2) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.

Somerset concludes its four-game series against the Long Island Ducks Thursday night in Central Islip. Right-handed pitcher David Kubiak (2-5, 3.59 ERA) takes on Ducks’ righty Dennis O’Grady (2-3, 4.32 ERA). First pitch at Bethpage Ballpark is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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