Game #125: Ducks vs. Bees

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Lew Ford brings a 15-game on-base streak into tonight’s series opener with the Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (32-22; 68-56) open up the second half of their eight-game homestand when they welcome in the New Britain Bees (22-30; 48-74) for a four-game series. This will be the final series between the two teams this year. They have split the first 16 games against one another overall as well as the first six games on Long Island and all 10 meetings in Connecticut. The Ducks enter off a series split with the York Revolution, while the Bees come in having dropped three of four to the Skeeters.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

In the final game of a four-game set, the Ducks fell to the York Revolution 8-5, as one big inning proved too much to overcome.

Things started well for the Flock, as they plated two runs in the first inning off Victor Mateo. Delta Cleary Jr. drove in Jordan Hinshaw with an RBI single after he singled to open the first and moved to third on an error. Two batters later, Marc Krauss unloaded a solo home run to right field for his 20th longball of the season, tying him with Angelo Songco for the team lead.

After John Brownell (9-4) yielded just one walk over the first two innings, he struggled in the third, as did Long Island’s defense. Travis Witherspoon walked to begin in the inning, and when Carlos Triunfel laid down a bunt to follow, no one covered first. Brownell’s throw to first sailed away for the first of four errors in the frame by Long Island. Alonzo Harris’ RBI single and an RBI groundout tied the game at two. After two more walks, Michael Burgess put York in front with a two-run double. Fielding errors by Elmer Reyes and Cleary Jr. with a throwing error by Alex Burg sandwiched in between, helped York put up a seven-spot.

Long Island was able to close within 7-4 on RBI singles by Reyes in the fourth and Lew Ford in the fifth. However, the Flock left three on base over the two innings and then left three more on in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no one out but failed to score against Joe Van Meter.

Jared Mitchell drove in York’s eighth run in the eighth courtesy of a two-out RBI single. The Ducks then tried to mount a rally in the ninth, as Hinshaw walked, Cleary Jr. and Ford single and Krauss lifted a sac fly to center. However, the Ducks could not get any closer. Michael Click (3-1), who recorded two outs with the tying run at the plate in the fifth, got the win for York.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

In Friday’s series opener, the Ducks will have Tyler Levine faced the Bees for a second consecutive outing. The right-hander will make his 22nd appearance (7th start) of the year and is 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA. He took the mound against the Bees a week ago, suffering his first loss in a 5-3 defeat. Levine threw a season-high 100 pitches and pitched six innings of four-run ball, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Overall, he has faced New Britain four times (two starts) and is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. He defeated the Bees with five innings of two-run ball on July 17 at Bethpage Ballpark.

New Britain will counter with Kyle Simon, who leads the Atlantic League with five complete games this year and ranks third with 144 and one-third innings pitched. He comes into the day at 9-11 on the season with a 4.11 ERA. The righty lost to the Ducks on Saturday night in Connecticut despite pitching all nine innings. Simon allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts but was outdueled by Brownell as the Flock won 3-0. The California native has made three appearances (two starts) against Long Island this year and is 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA and eight strikeouts in 16 innings.

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:

Long Island Ducks
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

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

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:48): TOP 1: The Bees get out to an early lead on a grand slam to right-center field off the bat of Craig Maddox.

UPDATE (7:09): TOP 2: Four more runs, including a three-run homer by Jon Griffin, extend New Britain’s lead to eight.

UPDATE (7:40): TOP 4: Two more homers increase New Britain’s advantage to 11-0.

UPDATE (8:03): TOP 5: Jose Velez comes out of the bullpen and retires the Bees in order! He strikes out two and records a broken bat groundout.

UPDATE (8:18): TOP 6: Three more batters, three more strikeouts for Velez! He’s got 5 K’s in two innings for the Flock, retiring the side 1-2-3 twice.

UPDATE (8:32): BOT 6: CHALLENGE MET! Angelo Songco’s two-run homer to right is the 100th of the year for the Ducks! They’ve met the Chapey’s Home Run Challenge! By meeting the challenge, Chapey & Sons Funeral Home will donate $5,000 to the QuackerJack Foundation!

UPDATE (8:42): TOP 7: Tyler Wilson twirls a 1-2-3 seventh inning, and Ducks pitchers have retired 10 Bees batters in a row.

UPDATE (9:37): FINAL: Bees take the series opener tonight 16-2. Ducks look to bounce back tomorrow night at 6:35.

 

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