Game 6: 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 visit the New Britain Bees for the second game of a four-game series and second meeting of 2016. The Ducks lead the season series one game to none.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks earned their first victory of the 2016 season with a 5-2 triumph over the Bees in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. Both sides engaged in a pitcher’s duel over the first five innings. Ducks starter Mark Blackmar, who earned the win, allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out three, while Bees starter Kyle Simon gave up just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.

Long Island was able to break through in the sixth against knuckleballer Colin Moberly, who took the loss. Following a double by Delta Cleary Jr. and an infield single from Lew Ford, Moberly uncorked a wild pitch that plated the game’s first run. Blake Tekotte followed with a walk before Dan Lyons drove in a pair with a double down the left field line. Mike Blanke’s sac fly scored Tekotte for the fourth run. Two innings later, a two-out RBI single by Fehlandt Lentini capped Long Island’s scoring.

The Bees tried to rally, as they scored a run in the eighth (sac fly by Kevin Rivers) and ninth (RBI double by Jonathan Roof), but Todd Coffey induced a groundout from Jon Jones and struck out Craig Maddox to preserve the win.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell returns to the mound for his second start of the season. The right-hander took a no-decision on Opening Night in Somerset, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. The Ducks had spotted him an early 3-0 lead, but he surrendered two runs in the second and one in the third. After leaving with the score tied at three, the Patriots scored six runs off the bullpen to earn the win. Brownell, the defending Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year, is coming off a season where he led the league in wins (12), innings pitched (175.2), strikeouts (146), complete games (4) and shutouts (2).

Josh Outman, who started the Bees’ inaugural game last Thursday, will take the mound for the hosts. The southpaw lasted five innings against the York Revolution, yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings. He also walked five batters while striking out four and took the loss in a 4-3 defeat. Outman comes to New Britain with six seasons of Major League experience, spending time with the Athletics, Rockies, Indians and Yankees. In 161 games (32 starts), he compiled a 16-11 record with a 4.43 ERA. The St. Louis native pitched with the Braves organization in 2015 and went 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in nine games (two starts) across four levels.

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 – DH
#25 Sean Burroughs – 1B
#6   Blake Tekotte – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Bees
#6   Jon Jones – CF
#7   Greg Golson – LF
#9   Kevin Rivers – DH
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#15 Anthony Hewitt – RF
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#3   James Skelton – C
#2   Jonathan Roof – 2B
#4   Steve Carrillo – SS

#8   Josh Outman – LHP

UPDATE (6:40): TOP 1: Ducks strike first on a two-out RBI single to center by Sean Burroughs! 1-0 Flock

UPDATE (7:01): BOT 2: Anthony Hewitt hits a solo home run to left-center to tie the ballgame at one.

UPDATE (7:47): END 5: John Brownell works around a one-out single by Greg Golson, and we remain tied up at one apiece through five innings of play.

UPDATE (8:10): END 6: A pair of two-out hits by the Bees? No problem for Brownell! He gets Carrillo to hit into a force out and strands two more on base!

UPDATE (8:36): END 8: Amalio Diaz allows a leadoff single to Jovan Rosa but retires the next three in a row! 1-1 as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (8:50): END 9: Nick Struck strikes out the side in a dominant ninth inning, and we’ll have bonus baseball in New Britain!

UPDATE (9:08): END 10: New Britain strands the winning run at third, as Bruce Kern gets Jon Griffin on a force out at second! Onto the 11th.

UPDATE (9:26): FINAL: A two-out bloop single to right by Greg Golson scores Steve Carrillo for the winning run. Bees win 2-1 in 11 innings.

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