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2019 Game 110: Ducks at Bees

IMG_1021Long Island kicks off weekend road series


6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)


Long Island and New Britain meet in the opener of their three-game series on Friday night at New Britain Stadium. The Ducks and Bees are tied in both the all-time series (38-38) and the 2019 season series (9-9). New Britain holds the advantage when it comes to games played at home all-time against Long Island, with a 20-16 record, however, the Flock does lead five game to two in games played at New Britain Stadium in 2019.


The Somerset Patriots defeated the Long Island Ducks 7-3 in the finale of a four-game series in Central Islip.

Edwin Espinal started the scoring for Somerset with a solo home run in the first inning. The Patriots added two more runs in the third thanks to a run-scoring double by Justin Pacchioli and an RBI single from Jimmy Parades, bringing the score to 3-0.

The Patriots put up two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, highlighted by a two-run double by Parades in the former, and a sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the latter, giving Somerset a 7-0 lead.

Long Island got on the board in the eighth after a two-run double from Deibinson Romero and an RBI single off the bat of Ramon Cabrera. That would be it for the game, however, due to severe rain.

Brian Matusz (0-2) took the loss for Long Island after allowing five runs (three earned) over five innings on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Rick Teasley (5-2) picked up the win for Somerset after pitching seven scoreless innings, scattering six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.



Joe Iorio gets the start for Long Island tonight, making his 16th start of the season. He has appeared in 25 games (15 starts) for the Ducks in 2019, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.90 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 99.1 innings pitched. His last start was at High Point on August 17 where he pitched five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five. The last time Iorio pitched against New Britain was at home on June 26, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk over five innings, while striking out four batters. Overall, he has pitched in four games (two starts) while facing the Bees, amassing a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 15 innings.

David Roseboom takes the mound for New Britain tonight, making his seventh start of the season. He was appeared in nine games (six starts), accumulating a 1-1 record with a 3.56 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 30.1 innings. His last start came at Sugar Land on August 18, going five and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, yielding six hits and two walks, while striking out nine Skeeters. His lone start against the Ducks this season came in the first game of a doubleheader, in which he tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk with one strikeout.


Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2019, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live 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 in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a live account of tonight’s game via the Atlantic League website by CLICKING HERE.


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


Long Island Ducks
#49 D’Arby Myers – LF
#15 Rey Fuentes – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2   L.J. Mazzilli – 2B
#37 Hector Sanchez – C
#21 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#29 Daniel Fields – LF
#1   Vladimir Frias – SS
#46 Clint Freeman – 1B

#5   Joe Iorio – RHP

New Britain Bees
#15 Darren Ford – CF
#8   Ryan Jackson – SS
#28 Bijan Rademacher – RF
#9   Jason Rogers – 1B
#24 Mike Carp – DH
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#2   Zach Collier – LF
#30 Logan Moore – C
#4   Rando Moreno – 3B

#35 David Roseboom – LHP


T1: The Ducks take an early lead thanks to a sacrifice fly from L.J. Mazzilli!
Long Island leads 1-0!
END 3: Joe Iorio has his second 1-2-3 inning of the evening!
The Ducks continue to lead 1-0.
B4: The Bees take the lead after a two-run home run from Jason Rogers and a three-run home run by Logan Moore.
Ducks trail 5-1.
T6: The Flock get a run closer after Mazzilli absolutely demolishes a solo home run!
Ducks trail 5-2.
B6: The Bees add three more runs.
Ducks now behind 8-2.
T7: Vladimir Frias comes in to score on a passed ball!
Ducks trail 8-3.
T8: Long Island grabs three runs on five hits, including three RBI singles from Sanchez, Romero and Myers! Ducks down 8-6.
B8: An RBI triple for New Britain brings in another run for the Bees.
Ducks down by three heading into the ninth.
FINAL: New Britain 9 – Long Island 6

Roster Finalized; 20th Anniversary Season Begins Friday in York

27-man Opening Day roster set for start of 2019 regular season

The Long Island Ducks have officially announced its official Opening Day roster following the culmination of spring training workouts today. The team will begin its 20th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on Friday, April 26, against the York Revolution in Pennsylvania.

“I’m really looking forward to getting the season going,” said Ducks Manager Wally Backman. “We have a tremendously talented team, and all the guys are hungry to take the field and start our quest for a championship.”

The final 27-man roster, which follows this post, features 18 players with former Major League experience. All five outfielders have played at the game’s highest level, along with four infielders, two catchers and seven pitchers. Additionally, nine players are returning from the Ducks 2018 Liberty Division championship-winning squad, with two others having previous experience with the Ducks as well (Darin Downs, Tim Melville).

Spring Training invitee and Long Island native Alex Katz has been signed by the club. The left-handed pitcher has played four seasons of professional baseball, including parts of three with the Chicago White Sox organization and parts of two in the Baltimore Orioles system. In 120 career appearances (one start), he has compiled a 6-8 record with a 3.95 ERA, seven saves and 204 strikeouts over 200.1 innings pitched. The Manhasset native split the 2018 season with Single-A Delmarva and Advanced-A Frederick in the Orioles organization. He went 3-2 with a 4.31 ERA, one save and 56 strikeouts over 33 games. The St. John’s (N.Y.) alum also pitched with the White Sox during spring training this year.

The Ducks will officially kick off the 2019 season on Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park. Left-hander Bennett Parry gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution southpaw Ross Detwiler. The following are the pitching matchups for the opening series of the season:

Ducks: LHP Bennett Parry vs. Revolution: LHP Ross Detwiler

Ducks: RHP Tim Melville vs. Revolution: RHP Matthew Grimes

Ducks: LHP Darin Downs vs. Revolution: LHP Dustin Richardson

Fans can follow all the action during every game during the 20th Anniversary Season on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks official Facebook page (, YouTube channel ( and at in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage.

Microsoft Word - Roster Finalized and Broadcast Info 4-25-19

Game #9: Ducks vs. Bees

Fehlandt Lentini

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ducks (4-4) look to keep their momentum moving forward and climb a game over the .500 mark tonight against the New Britain Bees (2-5). The Bees, meanwhile, have been struggling in the early going and have now lost four consecutive games. Tonight is the first Fireworks Spectacular of the season, presented by Astoria Bank, and is also the first Dick’s Sporting Goods Saturday of the season.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks batted around and plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh to score a 4-3 victory over the New Britain Bees in the home opener on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks fell behind early when starting pitcher Keith Couch surrendered a three-run home run to Craig Maddox to give the Bees an early 3-0 lead. Despite the first-inning blast, Couch settled down to strike out three batters in the frame.

Bees starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone kept the Ducks offense grounded throughout his five innings of work, scattering four hits.

Couch followed the rocky start with three scoreless innings and ended his day with three runs allowed over four innings, on three hits, one walk and a season-high five strikeouts. Zac Treece (1-1) replaced Couch and provided three superb frames of relief work, yielding just a walk and a hit while striking out one.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Ducks got their first runner into scoring position against reliever Kyle Simon (1-1). Cody Puckett walked, and two batters later, Dan Lyons was hit by a pitch. Elmer Reyes followed with a two-run double to cut the Bees’ lead to 3-2.

Fehlandt Lentini poked a single to send Reyes to third, and Delta Cleary Jr. drove him home with a game-tying base hit. With Nolan Reimold at the plate, Lentini and Cleary Jr. pulled off a double steal of second and third, and then Reimold walked to load the bases.

Marc Krauss lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center to plate Lentini and give Long Island a 4-3 lead. It was Krauss’ third sac fly of the season, which leads the Atlantic League.

Staked to a one-run lead, Patrick Crider struck out the side in the eighth, and David Aardsma struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his first save of the year. The win gave the Flock their first back-to-back wins of the season.

ON THE MOUND: Right-hander Tim Melville makes his first home start of the season tonight and his second start in 2017. His first outing came on Sunday at Southern Maryland in game two of a doubleheader, and the righty allowed two runs in four innings. He ultimately took a no-decision in a game the Ducks ultimately won, 3-2. The former Kansas City Royals draft pick pitched three games for the Cincinnati Reds in the 2016 season.

The Bees will counter with righty Brian Dupra, making his second start of the season. Dupra is in his second season with New Britain after beginning his professional career in the Washington Nationals organization. In his first start of the season, he got the win after allowing one run on two hits in five innings against the York Revolution on April 23. The Rochester, N.Y. native finished the 2016 season with a 4-3 record and a 4.51 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) with the Bees. He made two appearances (one start) against the Ducks and compiled a 4.50 ERA, yielding four runs in eight 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 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.


#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
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#33 Tim Melville – RHP

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

#30 Brian Dupra – RHP

UPDATE (6:47): TOP 1: A strong start for Tim Melville, throwing a 1-2-3 first, with a strikeout. No score as we head to the bottom of the first.

UPDATE (7:09): BOT 2: Angelo Songco crushes a two-run home run to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:37): TOP 4: Bees get to Melville for three runs to take a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE (8:05): END 5: Tim Melville is done for the night, and Floral Park native Dennis O’Grady comes in. Ducks trail the Bees 3-2.

UPDATE (8:26): Dennis O’Grady has spun two scoreless innings from the bullpen, striking out three! Time to stretch, down by 1.

UPDATE (8:34): END 7: O’Grady is through after two perfect innings from the ‘pen, and Tyler Wilson enters for the eighth! 3-2 Bees lead.

UPDATE (8:51): TOP 8: Jim Fuller escapes a two-on, two-out jam to keep it 3-2 Bees.

UPDATE (9:14): FINAL: Ducks fall to the Bees, 3-2.

Spring Training Game 3: Ducks vs. Black Sox


Marc Krauss and the Ducks swing back into action against the Long Island Black Sox Monday afternoon.

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 12:00 pm at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)


TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks continue their spring training schedule this afternoon by hosting the Long Island Black Sox. With Opening Day approaching on Thursday, the Ducks will use this game to help get position players and pitchers sharp to get off to a fast start in 2017. This is the first of two scheduled exhibitions with the Black Sox, with the club returning to Bethpage Ballpark Tuesday at 12 pm.


SATURDAY’S RESULT: Ducks pitching surrendered 11 hits but only allowed one run to the Bridgeport Bluefish in an exhibition game on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie after nine innings. Dan Lyons’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth plated Nolan Reimold for the lone Long Island tally of the afternoon, and Elmer Reyes continued his hot spring training by going 2-for-2 and making some nice plays at second base. Alex Burg and Marc Krauss added doubles to the Ducks’ eight-hit day.

On the mound, John Brownell put together a strong outing, tossing two shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. Rafael Perez allowed a run on five hits in two innings of work, and Tim Melville, Patrick Crider, Rob Rogers, Tyler Levine and Tyler Wilson combined to shut out the Bluefish over the final five innings of the contest.


ON THE MOUND: Keith Couch gets the nod this afternoon for the Ducks, making his team debut. Couch comes to the Ducks after spending the first seven years of his career with the Boston Red Sox organization. The right-hander from Mineola, New York split the 2016 season between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland. Overall, he posted a 10-8 record and a 3.96 ERA, tossing three complete games and showing good control in recording 73 strikeouts and just 37 walks in 127.1 innings.

The plan is for Couch to throw the first three to four innings of today’s game, after which he will be relieved by David Aardsma, Chin-Hui Tsao, Jim Fuller, Zac Treece, Dennis O’Grady and Amalio Diaz.


FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from today’s game with a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE. We also have a live stream on YouTube and Facebook live by CLICKING HERE.



#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#25 Nate Freiman – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#25 Keith Couch – RHP

Black Sox
#10 Joe Guido – 2B
#18 Ben Forias – SS
#3 Jon Kourie – CF
#26 Dan Pembroke – 1B
#53 Mike Rachum – RF
#61 Robert De Lahoz – DH
#6 Chris Degennaro – C
#13 Chris Viscusso – LF
#21 Ryan Pembroke – 3B

#51 Andrew Brookes – RHP

UPDATE (12:16): BOT 1: Fehlandt Lentini singles, steals second, steals third, and then scores on a sac fly to center by Angelo Songco! 1-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (12:41): BOT 3: Songco positively pulverizes a two-run home run over both walls in right field! He’s driven in all three runs thus far for the Ducks!

UPDATE (12:51): BOT 3: The offense continues, as Alex Burg lines a two-run single to left! Now a 5-0 advantage for the Flock!

UPDATE (1:15): BOT 4: Another blast to right, this time off the bat of MLB veteran Marc Krauss! His two-run shot balloons the Ducks’ lead to 7-0!

UPDATE (1:33): TOP 6: Scoreless relief appearances from David Aardsma and Chin-Hui Tsao! Dominic Blanco now catching, and Giovanny Alfonzo now at third.

UPDATE (2:04): BOT 6: Two more runs come home on opposite-field RBI singles by Delta Cleary Jr. and Giovanny Alfonzo! 9-0 Long Island!

UPDATE (2:30): BOT 7: Songco crushes another homer, this time a solo blast to right-center! Nate Irving also tripled & scored on a wild pitch. 11-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (2:46): BOT 8: Another trio of runs across for the Flock! An error, a wild pitch, and a sac fly from Elmer Reyes does the damage. 14-0!

UPDATE (2:54): FINAL: Ducks blank the Black Sox 14-0! Long Island pitchers combine to allow just five hits & three walks with 14 strikeouts!

Spring Training Game 2: Ducks vs. Bluefish

Good afternoon Ducks fans!

The Ducks host their first home spring training game of the year today as part of the team’s Fifth Annual Fan Fest! First pitch against the Bridgeport Bluefish is slated for 1:00 p.m. Here are the starting lineups for this afternoon’s exhibition game:

#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Nolan Reimold – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#35 Nate Freiman – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#7 John Brownell – RHP

#10 D’Arby Myers – CF
#6   Tony Abreu – SS
#7   Alberto Callaspo – 2B
#15 Sean Burroughs – DH
#5   Jose Gil – C
#27 Daniel Fields – LF
#20 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#3   Yefri Reyes – 3B

#22 Cory Riordan – RHP

UPDATE (1:11): TOP 1: Sparkling defense from the Ducks! Lentini throws out a runner from third on a single & Reyes with a diving stop up the middle!

UPDATE (1:30): After two scoreless innings and two strikeouts, John Brownell’s afternoon is complete. Rafael Perez now on the mound for the Flock!

UPDATE (1:43): TOP 3: Bridgeport strikes first on an RBI single to right field by former Duck Sean Burroughs. 1-0 Bluefish.

UPDATE (2:21): TOP 5: Tim Melville, who pitched in MLB with the Reds in 2016, has taken over on the mound for the Flock!

UPDATE (2:40): TOP 6: Defensive changes for the Ducks:
– Patrick Crider -> Pitcher
– Giovanny Alfonzo -> Second Base
– Angelo Songco -> Right Field
– Dominic Blanco -> Catcher

UPDATE (3:01): BOT 6: Dan Lyons gets the Ducks on the board with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Nolan Reimold! 1-1 ballgame.

UPDATE (3:07): TOP 7: Strong inning by Islip resident Rob Rogers, who induces a trio of groundouts. Time to stretch!

UPDATE (3:25): TOP 8: Another impressive inning for a Long Island native! East Meadow product Tyler Levine tosses a 1-2-3 frame with a strikeout.

UPDATE (3:51): TOP 9: Tyler Wilson works around a leadoff walk and strikes out the side in the ninth! Still a 1-1 ballgame at the Duck Pond.

UPDATE (4:18): Today’s game ends in a 1-1 tie. Check out the full recap at The spring training slate continues Monday at noon against the Long Island Black Sox.

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