John Brownell was just tired of losing, and he didn't let fatigue stand in the way of leading the Ducks to their first win in six games Sunday night.
The Ducks had lost 12 of their previous 16 contests and five straight, so Brownell took matters into his own hands -- well, his right one, to be specific. He threw 144 pitches in nine innings against Somerset to put the Ducks in position for another extra-inning walk-off win at Bethpage Ballpark.
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With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Josh Barfield ended the 5-hour, 10-minute affair with a home run to centerfield, giving the Ducks a 4-3 victory.
It was the Ducks' ninth walk-off win this season and their fifth extra-inning victory.
"It was awesome," Brownell said. "We've got a good lineup. At any moment, any one of those guys can put it over the fence, so it was just a matter of time before someone did it, and Josh finally did."
Brownell allowed three runs (two earned), six hits and four walks, striking out five. His 144 pitches represented a season high, topping the 132 he tossed in seven innings against Somerset on July 4 in another Ducks win. Brownell, who threw 83 pitches for strikes Sunday, leads the Ducks with 1441/3 innings pitched this season.
"I'm exhausted, but you got to do what you've got to do to help the team," he said. "I'm willing every time I go out to throw nine innings no matter how many pitches it takes."
"Brownell has been outstanding," manager Kevin Baez said. "He gives us length and it's something that we needed desperately. The bullpen was outstanding too, and we just kept fighting."
Josh Lansford, Eddy Ramos, Leo Rosales and Nick Debarr combined to pitch five innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Somerset got on the board in the second on a rally started by Wantagh product Joe Holden, who singled to lead off. James Skelton reached safely on a well-placed bunt up the third-base line. After the runners advanced to second and third, Cory Aldridge lined a two-out single to right-center to make it 2-0.
Somerset's Jeff Baisley led off the fourth with a walk, and with two outs, Holden singled to right to move him to third. Ducks first baseman Ryan Strieby had trouble with rightfielder Adam Bailey's relay throw, allowing Baisley to score for a 3-0 lead.
The Ducks made it 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth on Strieby's third home run of the season, a two-run shot to rightfield. He drove in Willis Otañez, who had walked to lead off the inning. Otañez tied the score in the eighth with a solo homer to leftfield.