Games 45 and 46: Ducks at Bees

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. (DH) at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (21-23) continue their seven-game Connecticut road trip when they play a single admission doubleheader against the New Britain Bees (16-27). The sides will play two seven-inning games after Tuesday’s series opener was rained out. Over the weekend, the Ducks split a four-game series with the Bridgeport Bluefish, winning the middle two games and dropping the front and back ends of the series. Long Island enters the game trailing the Somerset Patriots by six games for first place in the Liberty Division. New Britain brings up the rear of the division, sitting 10 and a half games out of first place and four and a half games behind the Flock.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: In the series finale at Bridgeport, the Ducks were denied a series victory as they fell to the Bluefish 6-1.

Long Island looked poised to take a sizeable early lead against Bluefish starter Chris Rearick. Despite failing to score a run in the first after a leadoff double from Elmer Reyes, the Flock got on the scoreboard in the second, something they failed to do the last time they faced the southpaw. Jordan Pacheco doubled to begin the frame, moved to third on a flyout and scored on an RBI single to left by Giovanny Alfonzo.

The hit was followed by a walk from Dan Lyons, putting two on with one out, but the Ducks failed to extend their advantage. One inning later, Angelo Songco singled and Pacheco walked with one out, but again the Ducks were denied more runs.

The missed opportunities would come back to bite Long Island in the fourth. After three scoreless innings from Matt Larkins to begin the game, the righty allowed back-to-back two-out doubles to Sean Burroughs and Jonathan Galvez that tied the game at one. Tony Abreu followed with an RBI single to give the Bluefish their first lead since the opening game of the series.

Larkins nearly escaped a first-and-third, no-out jam in the sixth inning, but a potential double play ball off the bat of Abreu was thrown wide at first by Zach Goldstein, and Jose Cuevas scored on the RBI fielder’s choice. In the seventh, Rob Rogers allowed the first two batters to reach on a walk and a single. He retired the next two but couldn’t escape unharmed, allowing a three-run home run to Cuevas after falling behind in the count 2-0.

After the early troubles, Rearick settled down and retired the final 10 batters he faced. The bullpen trio of Zac Grotz, Manny Delcarmen and David Carpenter then came on and retired all nine batters they faced to seal the victory. Patrick Crider tossed a scoreless one and one-third innings, but it wasn’t enough for Long Island.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady (1-2, 3.34 ERA) will start the twin bill opener for the Ducks in New Britain. The right-hander last pitched in game two on Friday night, twirling two scoreless innings in relief of starter Rafael Perez. O’Grady pitched out of the bullpen after being scratched from his start the previous night due to illness. The Floral Park native has made nine appearances (five starts) this season and has struck out 33 batters in 35 innings while walking 16. He has faced the Bees twice thus far, once in relief and once as a starter, and has allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over six innings with nine strikeouts.

The Bees will counter with Mike Lee (0-3, 4.68 ERA) in game one. The righty has pitched in six games (five starts) this season and has struck out 23 in 25 innings of work with 12 walks. He turned in his best start of the year in his most recent outing, firing six innings of one-run ball and taking a no-decision in New Britain’s 8-6 loss at Bridgeport on May 31. The 30-year-old allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out four. Prior to that outing, Lee had allowed seven runs (six earned) in nine and one-third innings over his previous two outings. His lone start of the year against Long Island came in game one of a doubleheader on May 14. The Las Vegas native yielded just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings, but he took a no-decision in the Ducks’ 3-1 win.

Game two will see Tim Melville (2-4, 3.95 ERA) take the mound for Long Island. He suffered his second rough outing in a row on Friday night in game one of a doubleheader at Bridgeport. The right-hander went all six innings for the complete game but allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out five. He was victimized by a two-run second inning and a three-run third in the outing. Overall, the former Major Leaguer has struck out 34 batters while walking 17 in 41 innings this season. He previously faced the Bees back on April 29 at Bethpage Ballpark, taking the loss in a 3-2 defeat. In five innings, the 27-year-old gave up four hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks while striking out three.

New Britain will hand the baseball to Brian Dupra (3-2, 2.67 ERA) in the back end of the doubleheader. In his eight starts, he has thrown 43 and two-thirds innings and struck out just 24 batters while walking 13. He most recently twirled seven scoreless innings on June 1 at Bridgeport but took a no-decision in a 5-4 defeat. The Rochester, N.Y. native allowed just two hits and three walks in the outing while striking out four before the bullpen surrendered five runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Bees have lost in each of Dupra’s last three starts, with the righty dropping two of them. However, the 28-year-old has won both of his starts against Long Island this season, yielding just two runs on nine hits and a walk in 10 innings of work with three strikeouts.

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 tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME ONE):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Bees
#3   James Skelton – C
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – DH
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#33 Jon Griffin – 3B
#6   Jamar Walton – RF
#24 Craig Maddox – 1B
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#5   Michael Baca – SS

#40 Mike Lee – RHP

UPDATE (6:07): TOP 1: Fehlandt Lentini leads off the game with a solo home run down the left field line! His first longball of the year puts the Ducks ahead 1-0!

UPDATE (6:30): TOP 2: Three more runs come across for the Flock! Giovanny Alfonzo with a two-run single & Lentini with an RBI double! 4-0 Ducks

UPDATE (6:48): TOP 3: Marc Krauss drives in Lew Ford with an RBI single, extending the lead to 5-0 for Long Island!

UPDATE (7:07): END 4: Four scoreless innings thus far from Dennis O’Grady, who has struck out four batters!

UPDATE (7:32): BOT 5: Bees scratch across a run on a walk to Jovan Rosa. However, O’Grady strikes out Bierfeldt & Griffin looking to leave the bases loaded!

UPDATE (7:45): TOP 6: Ducks get their five-run lead back on Lentini’s third RBI hit of the day! He’s a triple shy of the cycle! 6-1 Long Island

UPDATE (7:52): END 6: Patrick Crider tosses a scoreless inning of relief in the sixth! Final line for O’Grady: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K.

UPDATE (8:09): FINAL: Ducks take game one of the twin bill 6-1! Zac Treece strikes out two in a scoreless seventh to seal the win!

STARTING LINEUPS (GAME TWO):

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#11 Anthony Vega – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#30 Zach Goldstein – 3B

#33 Tim Melville – RHP

Bees
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – 2B
#10 Michael Crouse – CF
#35 Jovan Rosa – DH
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#33 Jon Griffin – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – 1B
#19 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#2   Jake McGuiggan – SS
#7   Ivan Villaescusa – C

#30 Brian Dupra – RHP

UPDATE (9:06): END 1: Tim Melville strikes out the side in a scoreless first inning at New Britain Stadium!

UPDATE (9:35): TOP 3: Lew Ford puts the Ducks in front with a two-run single through the right side!

UPDATE (10:09): END 4: Melville strikes out the side for the third time in four innings tonight! He has struck out 11 Bees batters to this point!

UPDATE (10:42): END 6: Congratulations to Tim Melville! He has tied the Ducks’ single-game franchise record with his 14th strikeouts tonight! 2-0 after six.

UPDATE (10:59): FINAL: Chin-Hui Tsao nails down his fourth save of the year, and the Ducks shut out the Bees 2-0 to sweep the doubleheader!

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