Game 125-126: Ducks at Bees

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. single admission doubleheader at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, CT)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-30, 64-60) and New Britain Bees (27-28, 63-62) will play two seven-inning games as part of a single admission doubleheader. The Bees have beaten the Ducks five consecutive times, owning a 10-8 record overall. Saturday marks the final two meetings of the season. The Ducks are led offensively by Lew Ford, who is hitting .429 against the Bees in seven games. Fehlandt Lentini and Dan Lyons have combined to drive in 21 runs.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The Bees scored three early runs against Bobby Blevins, holding on to a 3-1 win over the Ducks.

Blevins allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to Cole Garner. Bees left fielder Greg Golson lined a two-run single to center field in the third, making it 3-0.

Long Island scored its lone run in the top of the fifth. Cody Puckett led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, Tyler Colvin lined a double down the left field line, cutting the deficit to two.

New Britain Bees reliever Kevin Vance earned the victory, tossing three innings of five-hit ball while allowing one run. Vance struck out five. Blevins suffered the loss despite pitching well. The righty struck out three in eight innings, yielding three runs on six hits. Shawn Gilblair allowed one walk and one hit in the ninth, but earned the save.

Delta Cleary Jr. and Fehlandt Lentini each had a pair of hits to lead Long Island.

ON THE MOUND GAME ONE: John Brownell, following a win over Lancaster his past time out, makes his 23rd start of the season. On August 29, the veteran right-hander beat the Barnstormers 4-1 with seven innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run and three walks with three strikeouts. The Omaha, Neb. Native faced New Britain most recently on August 17 at New Britain Stadium. Despite surrendering 14 hits, Brownell allowed just three runs and a walk in eight innings with eight strikeouts.

Nevada native Mike Lee counters the Ducks for the second time this month. Lee’s past three outings have been sensational. The 6-foot-7 righty is 2-0 with a 0.90 earned run average. He’s allowed two earned runs in 20 innings, while striking out 14. Lee turned in eight scoreless innings of five-hit ball with six strikeouts on August 29 against Sugar Land. He shut out the Ducks on August 18 in Connecticut, striking out five and walking two with four hits over six innings.

ON THE MOUND GAME TWO: Daniel Herrera looks to continue a positive trend set on Tuesday at Lancaster. Herrera turned in his best performance of the season so far, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings en route to a 5-2 win over the Barnstormers. The left-handed knuckleballer struck out four and walked one. The 5-foot-6 Texas native takes the hill against the Bees for the first time in his career.

Daniel Sattler enters Saturday with six starts under his belt for New Britain. On August 30 at Sugar Land, Sattler picked up the victory, his second of the season. He struck out three and walked five, but yielded just three runs on four hits over six innings. The righty beat the Ducks on August 15 with six scoreless innings. He fanned six and walked four, allowing just three hits. Sattler hails from Indiana and pitched with the New Britain Rock Cats in 2012 and 2013.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE and via the Ducks YouTube channel below. 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.

GAME ONE
Ducks

#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#7 John Brownell – RHP

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

#40 Mike Lee – RHP

UPDATE (7:08): BOT 2: Michael Crouse’s RBI double brings in the game’s first run. The Bees lead the Ducks 1-0.

UPDATE (7:18): TOP 3: Lentini’s run-scoring single drives in Vega. The Ducks have tied the Bees at one.

UPDATE (7:46): BOT 4: Michael Crouse’s two-run home run makes it 3-1 New Britain over Long Island.

UPDATE (7:53): TOP 5: Anthony Vega send a solo home run over the right-center field wall! His blast cuts the Bees lead to 3-2 over the Ducks.

UPDATE (8:33): FINAL: Long Island gets the tying run on base, but drops a 3-2 decision to the New Britain Bees. Game two will begin at 9 p.m.

GAME TWO
Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – DH
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B
#47 Carlos Hughes  – SS

#13 Daniel Herrera – LHP

Bees
#4 Steve Carrillo – SS
#2 Jonathan Roof – 2B
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#9 Cole Garner – RF
#14 Michael Crouse – CF
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#15 Anthony Hewitt – LF
#19 Nick Murphy – C

#21 Daniel Sattler – RHP

UPDATE (9:38): END 2: The Ducks and Bees are scoreless in game two of the single admission doubleheader. Daniel Herrera has struck out one so far for LI.

UPDATE (10:07): TOP 3: The Ducks score three runs on seven walks, taking a 3-0 lead over the Bees.

UPDATE (10:27): TOP 4: Carlos Hughes’ run-scoring single gives Long Island a 4-0 lead over the Bees. Daniel Herrera has allowed one hit.

UPDATE (11:12): END 6: Daniel Herrera has kept the Bees off the board for six innings. Long Island has a 4-0 lead in the series finale.

UPDATE (11:31): FINAL: Long Island bests the New Britain Bees 4-0, snapping the Bees’ eight-game winning streak. Herrera: W, 6.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB.

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