Game 108: 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 (19-18; 59-48) take on the New Britain Bees (16-23; 52-27) in the third game of a four-game series. The Ducks hold a slim 8-7 advantage in the season series against the Bees but have dropped four of their first five contests played at New Britain Stadium. Long Island enters the day in third place in the second half Liberty Division standings, just one game behind Somerset, while the Bees sit five games in back of first.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Long Island dug itself an early hole that proved to be too large to overcome despite a valiant effort, as they fell to New Britain 9-7 on Tuesday night.

After the Ducks failed to plate a run despite Cody Puckett’s leadoff double in the second inning, the Bees responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning against Bobby Blevins (1-8). Three consecutive one-out singles loaded the bases for Jon Griffin, who plated Cole Garner with a groundout. Nine hitter Jon Dziomba, who entered the game with a .213 batting average, was able to follow with a walk, setting the stage for a two-out rally. James Skelton followed with a two-run single to right, and Greg Golson then delivered a three-run homer to straightway center. In the end, New Britain collected seven hits in the inning to take a big early lead.

Long Island closed to within five in the third on a pair of two-out singles and a fielding error which allowed Anthony Vega to score. However, the Bees extended their lead to eight with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Skelton’s two-out solo homer in the fourth and RBI doubles from Garner and Jovan Rosa did the damage. The Ducks would not go down without fighting back though, and their rally started in the seventh when Mike Blanke drove in Mike Dowd with an RBI single.

A three-run eighth inning against Bees starter Nate Roe (3-0) helped knock him out of the game and closed the gap to 9-5. RBI singles from Cody Puckett and Ruben Gotay, along with a sacrifice fly from Dowd, helped make it a ballgame. Fry would stay in for the ninth and promptly walked Vega and Fehlandt Lentini to start the inning. Shawn Gilblair came in and struck out Delta Cleary Jr. and Puckett for the first two outs. However, Dan Lyons and Gotay would collect back-to-back RBI singles to cut New Britain’s lead to two and put the tying runs on base. Tyler Colvin then came to the plate and lifted a deep fly ball to right. However, Craig Maddox made the catch on the warning track to end the game.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks turn to their ace, John Brownell, to try and end a four-game losing skid. The right-hander has been superb this season, posting an 8-4 record with a 3.19 ERA through 19 starts. He is currently tied for fourth in the league in wins, ranks fifth in ERA, is tied for third in strikeouts (113) and leads the league with both 130 innings pitched and four complete games. Brownell’s consecutive games with a quality start streak ended in his most recent outing though, as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings against Lancaster on Friday. Fortunately, he took a no-decision as the Ducks rallied for a 10-7 victory. The fifth-year Duck is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts against the Bees, and that includes six innings of one-run ball on April 26 at New Britain Stadium.

Kyle Simon was scheduled to face Brownell, but he has been scratched due to undisclosed reason. Instead, Anthony Marzi will take the mound on Wednesday night. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA this year in 29 games (two starts) and has both struck out and walked 33 batters in 48 and two-thirds innings. He most recently pitch on Saturday against Sugar Land, throwing four and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief to earn a win. Coming into tonight’s start, he has tossed 13 and one-third consecutive scoreless innings. However, he has struggled as a starter this year. Lancaster tagged Marzi for four runs (two earned) on four hits and six walks over five innings on July 20, and the Ducks plated four runs on four hits and two walks in two innings during game two of a doubleheader on July 27.

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.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 1B
#47 Jon Kourie – DH
#11  Chris Scura – LF

#7   John Brownell – 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

#12 Anthony Marzi – LHP

UPDATE (6:55): BOT 1: The Bees open the scoring with a two-run single to left field by Craig Maddox.

UPDATE (7:30): BOT 3: A two-out RBI single to left field for Cole Garner extends New Britain’s lead to 3-0.

UPDATE (8:04): BOT 5: John Brownell strikes out Michael Crouse looking to strand two on base. He now has four strikeouts tonight. Still a 3-0 ballgame.

UPDATE (8:47): BOT 7: Brownell strikes out Crouse to strand runners at first and third! Seven K’s for the right-hander tonight!

UPDATE (8:53): TOP 8: Ducks are on the scoreboard! Mike Blanke’s fourth hit of the night is an RBI double that scores Mike Dowd! 3-1 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:10): BOT 8: Brownell strikes out Golson to leave two more on base! He’s left one on in every inning and 11 for the game!

UPDATE (9:19): FINAL: Rob Bryson retires the side in order in the ninth, and the Ducks drop this one 3-1 to the Bees.

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