It's a whole new series. The Ducks, who struggled to get big hits in big moments one night earlier, got the biggest hit Thursday night and rallied to beat the Somerset Patriots, 5-4, in Game 2 of the Liberty Division Championship Series in front of 3,320 fans at Bethpage Ballpark.
The best-of-five series is tied at 1. Game 3 will be played Friday night in Somerset, New Jersey.
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"It was a game that we had to have," Ducks manager Kevin Baez said.
Sean Burroughs lined a single in the eighth inning off reliever Connor Little to break a 4-4 tie. He drove in pinch runner Anthony Vega, who had pinch run for Randy Ruiz and stolen second. The Ducks tied it earlier in the inning when Fehlandt Lentini scored on a two-out wild pitch.
"I just used the same approach I have every time, try to get the fat part of the bat on the ball and hope for the best," Burroughs said. "The stolen base was huge. I was anxious, to tell you the truth, because I thought they might nibble around me a little bit because they had a base open. They threw me a strike that I was able to put the bat on the ball and make good things happen."
"We've been doing that all year," Baez said. "We never give up. The guys are in the dugout saying, 'Let's go, let's get good at-bats.' That's one thing that's good to see. It doesn't mean you're going to have success with it, but it shows you that guys are not giving up."
Burroughs went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Ruiz was 2-for-3 with two runs. Cody Puckett drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth.
Somerset scored four runs in the eighth against the Ducks' bullpen to erase a 3-0 deficit. Ducks starter Darin Downs came through with a stellar performance -- no runs and two hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts -- but got a no-decision.
Downs took a no-hitter into the sixth before Aharon Eggleston broke it up with a two-out single to rightfield.
The Patriots took a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Matt Fields doubled to left, driving in Eggleston and Thomas Neal. Ducks reliever J.C. Romero got the final two outs in the inning, escaping the jam by striking out David Vidal.
Romero, who went 12/3 innings and allowed an unearned run, got the victory. Somerset reliever Daniel Sattler, who entered in the bottom of the eighth, took the loss.