CENTRAL ISLIP, NY - The Somerset Patriots (26-18) let a late lead slip away against the Long Island Ducks (28-15) in a 3-2 win Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark.
The game was scoreless through the first four innings before the Patriots broke the ice in the fifth. After loading the bases with nobody out, Will Kengor lifted a sacrifice fly out to center field to put Somerset in front 1-0.
The Patriots doubled their lead in the top of the sixth on a two-strike, two-out solo home run from Mike Fransoso (3) to right field. Long Island trimmed their deficit back to one the next half inning on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis RBI groundout.
Brett Oberholtzer finished his night after seven strong innings, striking out seven batters and scattering seven hits while yielding one run in a no-decision.
Somerset remained in the lead until the bottom of the eighth inning. Ezequiel Carrera led off the inning with a base hit before a costly fielding error from Alfredo Rodriguez put two on base. Two batters later, with a runner at third and two outs, Nieuwenhuis (8) lifted a two-run home run to put the Ducks in front.
The Patriots went down quietly in the ninth.
Enrique Burgos (4-1) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Mike Broadway (1-2) allowed two unearned runs to get saddled with the loss. Josh Luke (2) earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
The Patriots and Ducks continue their three-game series Wednesday night. Thomas Dorminy (0-4, 3.86 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Long Island southpaw Jake Fisher (3-4, 5.32 ERA). First pitch at Bethpage Ballpark scheduled for 6:35 pm.
The Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark June 14th for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, including a postgame fireworks show. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.