Game 52: Ducks vs. Bees


GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (29-22) go for a sweep of their three-game series against the New Britain Bees (24-27). Long Island now holds a 5-4 lead in the season series with New Britain. Thanks to their win on Wednesday, the Ducks remain just a half-game in back of the Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division and now lead the Bees by five games.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Jack Snodgrass (5-4) set the tone with another quality start, and the Ducks hit two home runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Bees, their third victory in a row.

The southpaw once again weaved his way into and out of trouble throughout the game. New Britain had multiple runners reach the basepaths in each of Snodgrass’ six innings on the mound, but he was touched up for just two runs. The Bees plated an unearned run in the second inning on an RBI groundout after Matt Wessinger committed an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play ball. The following inning, Jon Griffin’s two-out RBI single scored a run, but a great throw from Anthony Vega nailed Jonathan Roof at the plate to end the inning. Snodgrass would strand 10 runners on base over six innings for the second consecutive start, leaving two on base in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings.

Meanwhile, the offense gave the first-year Duck some early leads to work with. Facing Cole Johnson (4-5), who pitched seven shutout innings against the Flock back on May 27, Long Island touched up the righty for six runs and seven hits over six innings. A two-out RBI single in the first by Dan Johnson put the Ducks ahead 1-0. Then in the second, after the Bees had tied the game, Vega launched a three-run homer to deep left-center field to put Long Island back in front 4-1. The Ducks would add some insurance in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. A wild pitch in the fifth by Johnson scored Wessinger from third, and Mike Blanke rounded out the scoring with a solo homer down the left field line with two outs in the sixth.

Long Island’s bullpen sealed the deal with three scoreless innings in relief of Snodgrass. Nick Struck, Amalio Diaz and Todd Coffey combined to allow just one hit and one hit batter while striking out six to close out the win. As a staff, the Ducks struck out 12 Bees hitters.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks call upon Mark Blackmar looking for the three-game sweep. The right-hander has taken over the Atlantic League lead in ERA following Johnson’s outing last night at 2.02 over nine starts. He also sports a 4-1 record but did not factor into the decision in his most recent outing on June 10 at Southern Maryland. That night, he threw seven innings of two-run ball, giving up just four hits and a walk while striking out five. It was Blackmar’s fifth quality start of the season, and he has still allowed more than three runs in just one outing in 2016. The first-year Duck has faced the Bees twice, winning once, and has given up three runs on eight hits and five walks over 10 innings while striking out eight.

The Bees will counter with Shawn Haviland in the series finale. The right-hander comes in with a 2-1 record and a 3.76 ERA in 13 games (five starts) this season. He has given up just one run in back-to-back outings, combining to yield 15 hits and three walks over 14 innings while striking out five. He earned the win in his most recent start on June 10 at Bridgeport. Those two outings came after he surrendered six runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out two over five and one-third innings in a 12-3 loss to the Ducks on May 29 when he opposed Blackmar. Haviland had previously pitched two scoreless innings of relief against Long Island back in April.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight is the “Ducks Game of the Week” and will be broadcast live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available via the Ducks official YouTube channel 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.

#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#26 Dan Johnson – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#21 Mike Blanke – DH
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP

#4   Steve Carrillo – SS
#7   Greg Golson – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#2   Jonathan Roof – 2B
#9   Kevin Rivers – 1B
#6   Jon Jones – CF
#15 Anthony Hewitt – RF
#19 Nick Murphy – C

#38 Shawn Haviland – RHP

UPDATE (6:49): TOP 1: We are underway from Bethpage Ballpark as Mark Blackmar tosses a scoreless first inning!

UPDATE (7:32): TOP 3: The Bees take a 1-0 lead on an RBI single to right from Jonathan Roof.

UPDATE (8:12): BOT 5: We remain in a 1-0 game after five innings of play. Both sides have collected five hits over those five innings.

UPDATE (8:19): TOP 6: A perfect throw to the plate from Anthony Vega on a two-out single nails Jon Jones for the final out of the inning!

UPDATE (8:46): BOT 7: Matt Wessinger hustles for a two-out double, and Fehlandt Lentini follows it up with an RBI single! Ducks have tied the game at one!

UPDATE (9:09): BOT 8: Dan Johnson uncorks a two-run home run to right-center field! The Ducks take a 3-1 lead!

UPDATE (9:26): FINAL: Todd Coffey strikes out the side for his ninth save, and the Ducks complete the sweep with a 3-1 win over the New Britain Bees!


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