Game 107: 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 (19-17; 59-47) visit the New Britain Bees for game two of a four-game series and the second of seven games on the current road trip. The Ducks have an 8-6 lead in the season series against the Bees but have dropped three of their first four contests played at New Britain Stadium. The Bees are in their inaugural season of play in the Atlantic League. Long Island enters the day in a three-way tie for first place in the Liberty Division Standings, while the Bees sit five games back of first.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks received a quality start from Mike Jackson Jr. (0-1) in his Ducks debut but could not capitalize on several chances at the plate, dropping the series opener by a 4-2 margin.

Jackson Jr. look very comfortable in his first start with the Flock after being acquired in a trade from the Sonoma Stompers of the Pacific Association. After a 1-2-3 first inning, his only hiccup came in the second when the Bees collected all four of their runs. Following a leadoff single and a fielding error on a potential double play ball, Michael Crouse launched a three-run home run to left field. Later in the frame, after Jon Griffin drew a walk and went to second on a passed ball, James Skelton capped the inning with a two-out RBI double. Aside from the second inning, Jackson Jr. threw five scoreless innings, yielding just three hits while striking out two.

Offensively, the Ducks had several chances to chip away at the deficit against Bees starter Daniel Sattler (1-1). Prior to falling behind, Long Island loaded the bases with two outs in the second on Mike Blanke’s single and Matt Wessinger’s hit by pitch. However, Anthony Vega struck out to end the frame. The Ducks later had two on and one out in the fifth, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat. Then in the sixth, Blanke was robbed of an RBI single on a leaping catch by Jovan Rosa at third base.

The Ducks broke through in the seventh against the Bees’ bullpen. Wessinger walked to lead off the seventh and eventually scored on a two-out RBI single by Delta Cleary Jr. Rob Bryson came in and allowed a base hit to Cody Puckett and an RBI infield single to Dan Lyons, closing the gap to 4-2. However, Ruben Gotay took a called third strike to end the inning. Long Island put the tying runs on again in the eighth against Bryson and Shawn Gilblair, but Lentini flied to left to keep it a two-run game. Lyons kept the game alive in the ninth with a two-out double, but Gotay popped to right on the first pitch for the game’s final out. In total, the Ducks left 13 men on base, one shy of their season-high.

ON THE MOUND: Bobby Blevins will look to build upon a solid start in his most recent outing as he takes the mound for the Ducks. The right-hander pitched six innings of three-run ball against the Somerset Patriots last Thursday, allowing five hits and a walk. However, the bullpen allowed four runs in the eighth to saddle Blevins with a no-decision. Overall, the fifth-year Duck is 1-7 with a 5.62 ERA in 17 games (16 start) this season and remains winless since April 28. Blevins has taken the loss in both of his outings against New Britain but turned in quality starts both times. He has allowed seven runs (five earned) in 12 and one-third innings against the Bees (3.65 ERA), yielding 18 hits and only one walk while striking out 10.

New Britain will counter with Nate Roe, who will be making his sixth appearance (fourth start) of 2016 with the Bees. The right-hander has compiled a 2-0 record with a 4.69 ERA thus far. He turned in a strong effort in his most recent start on Thursday in York, tossing seven innings of one-run ball and giving up just three hits while striking out four to earn the win. However, in his last home start, the Rutgers University alum yielded five runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks in five and one-third innings against Lancaster. The Ducks also roughed up Roe in a relief appearance on July 27 at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island scored three runs on one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning against him.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from tonight’s game live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Bees
#3   James Skelton – C
#7   Greg Golson – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – RF
#9   Cole Garner – DH
#14 Michael Crouse – CF
#2   Jonathan Roof – SS
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#5   Jon Dziomba – 2B

#13 Nate Roe – RHP

UPDATE (7:16): BOT 2: The Bees put up a six-spot to take a 6-0 lead. Five score with two outs on a two-run single by James Skelton & a three-run homer by Greg Golson.

UPDATE (7:27): TOP 3: Delta Cleary Jr. scorches a liner to second, but Jon Dziomba can’t handle it. Anthony Vega scores on the error to put the Ducks on the board!

UPDATE (7:49): BOT 4: A two-out solo homer to right by Skelton puts the Bees ahead 7-1.

UPDATE (8:03): BOT 5: Cole Garner’s RBI double to right-center extends New Britain’s lead to 8-1.

UPDATE (8:19): BOT 6: The Bees tack on another run courtesy of Jovan Rosa’s two-out RBI double. 9-1 ballgame.

UPDATE (8:50): TOP 8: Two runs have scored on RBI singles from Cody Puckett & Ruben Gotay! Ducks have closed to within 9-4, and there are still no outs.

UPDATE (9:01): TOP 8: Mike Dowd adds a sac fly. Now a 9-5 ballgame after seven and a half.

UPDATE (9:29): FINAL: Long Island rallies for two in the ninth on RBI singles from Dan Lyons and Gotay but leave the tying runs on base. Bees win 9-7.

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