Long Island needs just one hit to claim series opener in Somerset
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)
(Bridgewater, N.J., July 26, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 1-0 in 10 innings on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at TD Bank Ballpark
Neither team scored a run until the 10th inning of the contest. It was the Ducks in the top half of the inning who brought in the first run, after failing to have a single batter reach base in the first nine innings of the game. Ezequiel Carrera moved the placed runner over to third with a sacrifice bunt to start the inning. It was then D’Arby Myers who came through with Long Island’s lone hit of the evening, an RBI single to left.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starter Joe Iorio lasted seven and two-thirds scoreless innings, scattering four hits and a walk, while striking out three. However, he may have been out-done by Patriots starter Rick Teasley, who threw nine perfect innings of baseball, retiring all 27 batters he faced. Cody Mincey (5-0) picked up the win for Long Island, tossing one and two-thirds perfect innings, striking out three batters. Tyler Cloyd (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing an unearned run on one hit and a walk in the 10th inning, Michael Tonkin earned his third save of the season after recording the final out of the ballgame, a strikeout, the seventh of the day for Ducks pitching.
The Ducks continue their road series on Saturday night in the middle game a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel. Right-hander Kevin McAvoy (0-3, 8.61) gets the start for the Ducks against a Patriots starter to be determined.
Long Island returns home on Friday, August 2, to begin a three-game series against the High Point Rockers. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The Ducks will be hosting a special 20th Anniversary Celebration at the ballpark, and following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
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