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Ducks Win First Game of Doubleheader, Extend Division Lead Over Patriots

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Patriots starting pitcher Patrick Johnson walked two, struck out one, but gave up no runs in one inning of work. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Long Island Ducks (23-15, 59-49) defeated the Somerset Patriots (18-19, 60-47) 7-3 in the day game of a day-night double header at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.

The Ducks have now won 12 games in a row; the Patriots have now fallen 4.5 games behind the Ducks in the second half Division standings.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead on an error in the first inning.

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The Ducks grabbed the lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by Angelo Songco and an RBI double by Elmer Reyes that made the score 2-1.

Long Island broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning on a grand slam by Giovanny Alfonzo (3) for a 6-1 advantage.

“We were playing with fire all day. From the first inning on when they had the bases loaded,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We really held them down and minimized for a long period of time, but then gave up the big blow and that was the difference.”

Carlos Guzman launched a two-run home run (4) in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 6-3.

The Ducks added a run to the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a solo home run by Elmer Reyes (4) for the 7-3 final. 

Matt Larkins (7-6) picked up the complete game win, striking out 12 batters and giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits over seven innings. A.J. Achter (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits in two innings pitched.

The 2017 Somerset Patriots season will continue at home on Wednesday night with a 7:05 pm game against the Long Island Ducks. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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