Game 10: Ducks vs. Bees

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Ducks (4-5) look to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the New Britain Bees (3-5) this afternoon.

YESTERDAY’S RECAPThe Long Island Ducks fought hard, but they fell to the New Britain Bees 3-2 on Saturday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Cody Puckett reached on a one-out infield single, and Angelo Songco followed by launching his first home run of the season into the jet stream in right field.

Tim Melville got off to a strong start for the Ducks, retiring the first nine batters he faced, striking out three, but he hit a wall in the fourth. James Skelton led off the frame by reaching on an error, and before things were done, three runs came home for the Bees, who claimed a 3-2 advantage.

Bees starter Brian Dupra (2-0) settled down after the home run, yielding just two more hits in the remainder of his four innings. Melville (0-1) worked around a leadoff hit in the fifth to end his night.

Dennis O’Grady contributed two perfect innings out of the bullpen, recording three strikeouts, while Tyler Wilson and Jim Fuller kept the Bees at bay in the eighth, despite back-to-back walks by Wilson to start the stanza.

In the top of the seventh, Puckett doubled but couldn’t advance past second. Long Island was unable to pull even in the final two innings. Rob Rogers worked a scoreless ninth for the Ducks.

Puckett led the team with three hits and a run scored, and Songco had a 2-for-4 day with the home run, two RBIs and a run scored.

ON THE MOUNDThe Ducks send Matt Larkins to the mound to make his second start of the season and first of the year at the friendly confines of Bethpage Ballpark. In his first outing of the season, he allowed just one unearned run to the Somerset Patriots and took a no decision as Long Island fell 2-1 in 11 innings during game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader. The righty surrendered three hits to the Patriots in his four innings of work, striking out one and walking one. This will be his first-ever outing against New Britain.

Meanwhile, the Bees will send southpaw Anthony Marzi to the bump, making his second start of the season. In his 2017 debut with the Bees, he took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in three innings to Lancaster on Wednesday night. The southpaw, now in his second season with New Britain, walked two and did not record a strikeout in the loss. Marzi, who was team captain at the University of Connecticut in 2014 before being signed by the New York Yankees in 2015, was 5-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 36 games (four starts) for the Bees during the 2016 season.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. 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 today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#15 Dominic Blanco – C

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bees
#3   James Skelton – C
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – DH
#24 Craig Maddox – 1B
#33 Jon Griffin – 3B
#28 Connor Bierfeldt – LF
#19 Kevin Putkonen – RF
#4   Steve Carillo – SS
#2   Jake McGuiggan – 2B

#12 Anthony Marzi – LHP

UPDATE (1:43) – TOP 1: Matt Larkins sets the New Britain Bees down 1-2-3 in the first inning.

UPDATE (1:57) – TOP 2: Matt Larkins fans two Bees batters in the frame to keep the game scoreless!

UPDATE (2:17) – TOP 3: Matt Larkins with another 1-2-3 inning. Three strikeouts so far for the righty. No score yet at Bethpage Ballpark.

UPDATE (3:01) – TOP 5: Matt Larkins comes up with a big strikeout of Jovan Rosa with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless!

UPDATE (3:23) – TOP 6: Patrick Crider comes in and allows a two-run homer to Conor Bierfeldt, and the Bees have a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (3:35) – BOT 6: Fehlandt Lentini gets an infield single, steals two bases, and scores on a wild pitch to cut the Bees lead to 2-1.

UPDATE (3:49) – TOP 7: The Bees tack on three more runs against Zac Treece to extend their lead to 5-1.

UPDATE (4:30) – FINAL: Long Island falls to New Britain 5-1.

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