Ducks Go Quackers On Somerset

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 10-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Monday night.

The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Second baseman Tim Raines Jr. singled and scored on third baseman Matt Hagen’s RBI double. Hagen later scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by right fielder Noah Hall.

The Ducks answered with three runs in the top of the second inning. Catcher Robinson Cancel doubled, moved to third on a single by left fielder Matt Esquival, and later scored on an RBI single by right fielder Johnny Rodriguez. Esquival scored on an RBI single by second baseman Juan Francia.

Long Island opened up the game with five runs in the top of the third inning. Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, designated hitter Dustan Mohr singled, and Cancel plated Rodriguez with an RBI single. An RBI single by center fielder Johnny Hernandez brought home Mohr and third baseman Matt Cavagnaro singled to load the bases. Shortstop Erick Monzon scored Cancel with an RBI single and first baseman Ray Navarrete plated two more with a single for an 8-2 lead.

The Patriots scored again in the bottom of the eighth inning. Center fielder Wayne Lydon singled and scored on an RBI groundout by Hagen to make the score 8-3.

The Ducks added two more on a home run by Hernandez in the top of the ninth inning for the 10-3 final.

Ducks starter Jake Dittler (4-3) picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits and four strikeouts in eight innings pitched. Patriots starter Josh Miller (5-3) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in three innings pitched.

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