Game 5: Ducks at Bees

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks make their first-ever trip to New Britain, Connecticut to taken on the Atlantic League’s newest club, the New Britain Bees. Following the 2015, the Bees joined the league as a new franchise and play at the same stadium that last year hosted the New Britain Rock Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. New Britain opened their inaugural season against the York Revolution this past weekend, losing three of four games.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks were unable to avoid a sweep at the hands of the defending Atlantic League champion Somerset Patriots, falling by a 6-1 score in the series finale. A three-run first inning by the Patriots, all with two outs against newcomer Jack Snodgrass, put the Ducks in an early hole. Dan Lyons got a run back in the top of the second with his first homer of the season, a solo blast to left. However, Long Island’s offense could not get going after that and managed just five hits for the game.

Somerset starter Scott McGregor threw five innings of one-run ball to earn the victory. He also received single runs in the second, fifth and eighth innings. Efrain Nieves, Connor Little and Gus Schlosser threw four scoreless innings to close the game. Snodgrass ended up going four innings, yielding four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five.

ON THE MOUND: Mark Blackmar will make his first regular season start for Long Island. The right-hander started one game in spring training and pitched four scoreless innings against the Long Island Black Sox, allowing just four hits while striking out seven. He spent all of 2015 with Double-A Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox organization and went 6-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 26 starts. Prior to that, the 23-year-old pitched for four seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

New Britain will counter with Kyle Simon. The right-hander was a member of the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2015 and made 28 appearances (one start). He posted a 4-0 record with a 3.16 ERA and struck out 27 batters in 31 and one-third innings. The 25-year-old previously spent two seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization and three in the Philadelphia Phillies system. He was last a full-time starter in 2012 while with Frederick (A+, Orioles).

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s contest will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel with live streaming audio. Fans can follow the broadcast online by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – LF
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#6   Blake Tekotte – DH
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#21  Mike Blanke – C
#33 Blake Barber – 2B

#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP

Bees
#11 Brandon Chaves – SS
#6   Jon Jones – CF
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#9   Kevin Rivers – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#15 Anthony Hewitt – RF
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#4   Steve Carrillo – 2B
#19 Nick Murphy – C

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP

UPDATE (6:47): END 1: Scoreless first inning for both sides at New Britain Stadium.

UPDATE (7:29): END 4: Still a scoreless game between the Ducks and Bees. Mark Blackmar has struck out three and has allowed just two hits.

UPDATE (8:04): TOP 6: Ducks bat around and get four runs off Colin Moberly! A two-run double by Dan Lyons was the highlight! 4-0 Flock

UPDATE (8:40): TOP 8: Three straight two-out singles, including a RBI base hit by Mike Blanke, extend the Ducks lead to 5-0!

UPDATE (8:58): BOT 8: Bees scratch across a run on a sac fly from Kevin Rivers, but Amalio Diaz gets Jon Griffin to ground out and leaves the bases loaded.

UPDATE (9:17): FINAL: Bees push across another run, but Todd Coffey strikes out Craig Maddox to end it! Ducks get their first win, 5-2, over the Bees!

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