Game 22: 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 (9-12) get back on the saddle tonight, facing the New Britain Bees (6-14). Last night, the Bees won a thriller, 4-3 on a walk off home run, and have won the last three games in the season series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 4-3 at New Britain Stadium last night.

Long Island took the lead in the top of the first inning when Angelo Songco drove home Fehlandt Lentini with an RBI single off Eric Fornataro of the Bees. They exteded the advantage to 2-0 in the top of the third when Songco smacked a double off the wall in right center to score Elmer Reyes.

Ducks starter John Brownell turned in a strong outing, holding the Bees off the scoreboard until the fourth, when Conor Bierfeldt hit a three-run home run. Brownell allowed just those three runs in six innings of work, though just two were earned. The effort was his third quality start of the season, and second in a row.

Eury De La Rosa and Amalio Diaz each contributed perfect innings out of the bullpen to keep the score at 3-2 New Britain heading into the top of the ninth.

With two outs, Giovanny Alfonzo laced a double down the right field line. On the next pitch, Dan Lyons hit a groundball to third base, and a throwing error by Jovan Rosa allowed Lyons to reach. However, Alfonzo kept running on the play and first baseman Jon Griffin’s throw home went wild, and Alfonzo scored the tying run.

Patrick Crider came on for the bottom of the ninth, and with one out, Bierfeldt hit his second home run of the game to secure the walk-off win for the Bees.

ON THE MOUND: Long Island sends right handed pitcher Matt Larkins to the mound tonight, making his fourth start, and fifth overall appearance. The Idaho resident is 0-1 with a 7.61 ERA on the season, though that is bloated by one bad outing, coming last time out against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. In that contest on May 7, Larkins was touched up for eight runs on 10 hits in three innings. Larkins has one previous start against the Bees this season, throwing five shutout innings in a no decision on April 30.

New Britain will counter with righty Kyle Simon, making his first start of the season and fifth overall appearance. He is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and has allowed five runs in 8.1 innings pitched this season. Simon allowed four runs in two innings on April 28 in his lone appearance against the Ducks this season. The 6-6 right-hander led the Atlantic League in ERA (2.76) last year.

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 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 the 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
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#13 Elmer Reyes – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Bees
#3 James Skelton – C
#10 Mike Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#6 Jamar Walton – RF
#2 Jake McGuiggan – 2B
#4 Steve Carrillo – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP

UPDATE (7:09) – BOT 2: Matt Larkins works around a one-out single and we’re still scoreless heading to the third!

UPDATE (7:49) – BOT 4: The Bees plate two against Larkins and take a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (8:42) – BOT 6: The Bees plate four and extend their lead to 6-0.

UPDATE (9:46) – FINAL: New Britain 6, Long Island 0.

W: Simon (2-1)
L: Larkins (0-2)

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