Long Island Ducks: Flock Shaves Somerset Lead Down To Three Games.
Jake Fisher comes up huge, outlasting Somerset's Vince Molesky in a pitcher's duel at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Patriots strike first. Right fielder Justin Pacchioli doubles home center fielder Mike Fransoso in the top of the fourth. The game remains that way through the sixth, after which starter Vince Molesky is relieved by Logan Kensing. Taylor Ard leads off the bottom of the seventh with a double, then advances to third on a put-out at first. Ramon Cabrera's sac fly to right scores Ard from third, and ties the game. Then with two outs in the eighth, Emilio Bonifacio singles and scores on Travis Snider's double to left.
Jake evens his record at 5-5, and lowers his ERA back below four to a 3.94 mark. He goes eight innings, allowing Somerset one earned run on just four hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. He faces thirty batters, and throws 110 pitches with 72 (65%) going for strikes.
Francisco Rodriguez pitches a scoreless ninth inning, notching his 18th save of the season.
The victory shaves the Patriots Liberty Division lead down to three games. Long Island will attempt a series sweep on Wednesday.