The Long Island Ducks (18-13) defeated the Somerset Patriots (21-10) 7-6 Wednesday evening from TD Bank Ballpark. The game was delayed 53 minutes at the start due to rain.
In the top of the first inning center fielder Lew Ford hit a RBI groundout to give Long Island a 1-0 advantage.
Long Island plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning to increase its lead to 3-0. First baseman Jon Griffin clubbed a RBI double while catcher Jose Morales recorded a RBI sacrifice fly.
The Patriots exploded for six runs on six hits as 11 batters came to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Somerset a 6-3 lead. Left fielder Scott Cousins cranked a two run home run (1) and third baseman David Vidal stroked a RBI single. Catcher Adam Donachie drew a bases loaded walk and center fielder Jonny Tucker socked a two RBI single.
The Ducks cut into the deficit making the score 6-5 in the ensuing half inning as third baseman Cody Puckett hit a RBI sacrifice fly and right fielder Bryan Sabatella roped a RBI single.
In the top of the eighth inning the Ducks jumped in front scoring two runs to grab a 7-6 lead. Second baseman Reegie Corona legged out a RBI fielder’s choice while Ford sliced a RBI single.
Patrick Crider earned the win (1-1) in relief. Kyler Newby suffered the loss (4-1) in relief. Ryan Kussmaul notched the save (8) pitching the final inning.
The 2015 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue tomorrow night when the Patriots remain at TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Long Island Ducks. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com.