CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – A three-run rally in the ninth inning led the Long Island Ducks (13-15) past the Somerset Patriots (18-11) at Bethpage Ballpark Friday night.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning on an Angelo Songco RBI single. The 1-0 lead held until the top of the sixth inning, when Olmo Rosario (3) lifted a solo home run to even the ballgame.
Somerset took the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a two-out, two-run RBI single from Justin Pacchioli. Long Island later plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on two-out RBI singles from Alex Burg, Delta Cleary Jr. and Giovanny Alfonzo.
“It’s tough, we played a good game, bullpen did a good job, we had good swings on the ball and they made good plays,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie.
Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Chin-Hua Tsao (1-1) earned the win after a scoreless inning of relief. Jon Hunton (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
Somerset continues its series against Long Island Saturday night. Left-handed pitcher Rick Teasley (2-0, 1.68 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots against Ducks righty Dennis O’Grady (1-1, 2.86 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 July 12. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.