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Game 31: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks return to Long Island with a weekend series against the New Britain Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees open their three-game series on Friday evening. This will be the fourth of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 44th all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island trails New Britain by one game all-time with a 21-22 record against the Bees, and won the first 2018 series two games to one. Long Island owns a 12-8 record when welcoming the Bees to Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks bring an even 15-15 record to Friday’s game, three and a half games back of the Somerset Patriots for the Liberty Division lead, while New Britain holds a 12-19 record, sitting in third place in the Liberty Division.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

After Wednesday’s heartbreaker, the Ducks were unable to bounce back against the Skeeters, falling 1-0.

Starter Jake Fisher threw five shutout innings before surrendering a run in the sixth inning off a Matt Chavez RBI single. After finishing the inning, Fisher handed the game over to the bullpen where Ashur Tolliver and Carlos Pimentel tossed a pair of scoreless innings.

Unfortunately, the Ducks bats were absent, recording scattering four hits over nine innings. Newcomer Taylor Ard roped a double in the second inning, which went down as the Ducks lone extra-base hit of the night.

Fisher took the loss, allowing the game’s only run in the sixth inning along with six hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. James Russell earned the win in relief, pitching two innings, allowing two hits, and striking out two. Felipe Paulino recorded his league-leading ninth save, setting down the Ducks in order in the ninth.

ON THE MOUND:

The series opener will feature John Brownell on the mound for Long Island. The right-hander recorded his second straight quality start in his last outing one week ago, going seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits in a hard-luck loss to the Patriots. The pitching coach now owns a 2-3 record with a 4.55 ERA over five starts and 27 and two-thirds innings. In his career against the Bees, Brownell is 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts, including three complete games, striking out 38 over 40 innings.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Friday. After spending the first four seasons of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014, Simon has been an Atlantic League arm since 2015. Simon was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Bees, pitching to the tune of a 2.77 ERA over 120 and one-third innings. The 6’6″ right-hander is 2-2 this season with a 3.30 ERA over five starts and 30 innings, striking out 28 and walking just four. Simon last appeared exactly a week ago, taking the loss against the Sugar Land Skeeters after allowing three runs over seven innings of work. The California native is 3-3 in his career against the Ducks with a 3.35 ERA in 11 appearances (seven starts), striking out 36 batters in 45 and two-thirds innings, including one complete game. Simon defeated the Ducks on May 8, pitching six innings of one-run ball on eight hits, striking out six.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#31 Ramon Cabrera – C
#28 Daniel Fields – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#6   Alec Sole – 1B

#7   John Brownell – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#15 Reid Brignac – SS
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – RF
#25 Josh Thole – C
#23 Jamar Walton – DH
#13 Ozney Guillen – LF
#3   James Skelton – 2B

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: In his first plate appearance at Bethpage Ballpark, Taylor Ard lifts a sacrifice fly to right field, putting the Ducks ahead 1-0!

TOP 2: New Britain responds with six runs to take a 6-1 lead. Jamar Walton and James Skelton both homered in the frame.

TOP 3: Skelton’s two-out, two-run double increases the Bees lead to seven.

BOT 3: The Ducks get a run back, as Jordany Valdespin doubles and scores later on Travis Snider’s RBI groundout!

TOP 4: Bees reclaim their seven-run advantage on Josh Thole’s two-out RBI single.

BOT 4: Ramon Cabrera scores from third on a double play ball to make it a 9-3 ballgame.

TOP 5: Walton’s second home run of the night makes it a 10-3 game in favor of the visitors.

BOT 5: The runs keep being traded, as Alec Sole scores on Emilio Bonifacio’s RBI groundout.

BOT 6: Daniel Fields connects for his first home run as a Duck! His solo blast to right-center closes the gap to 10-5.

TOP 7: Deibinson Romero’s three-run homer to left pushes the Bees lead up to 13-5.

TOP 9: Jason Rogers adds a two-out, two-run double.

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Game 11: Ducks at Bees

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The Ducks attempt to bounce back from a tough series opener against the Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

10:35 a.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Conn.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees continue their three-game series on Wednesday morning. This will be the second of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 42nd all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island trails New Britain by three games all-time with a 19-22 record against the Bees. The Bees defend their home well, with a 14-7 record over the Ducks in Connecticut. The Ducks bring an even 5-5 record to Tuesday’s game, while New Britain holds a 3-7 record having won three of their last four.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

Sometimes luck isn’t on your side in the game of baseball, and that was the case for the Ducks in the series opener against the New Britain Bees. The Ducks tagged four Bees pitchers for 12 hits, but were only able to push two runs across, falling to New Britain 5-2. Poor luck struck early as starter and Ducks Pitcher of the Week Andrew Barbosa left the game with an injury after just one and one-third innings pitched.

The Ducks were able to strike first in this game, scoring a run on a Wilkin Castillo grounder in the second inning. New Britain jumped into the lead with a two-run homer off the bat of Conor Bierfeldt in that very same frame. The score remained the same until the Bees scored another off a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and an RBI single from the next batter, making the score 4-1.

Newly-acquired Duck Emilio Bonifacio scored the Ducks second and final run, doubling then getting sent home off a deep double from Travis Snider. The Bees got that run right back in the same inning off an RBI double by Reid Brignac. A scoreless ninth inning led to a 5-2 final score in favor of the Bees.

The two newest Ducks, Emilio Bonifacio and Daniel Schlereth, looked great in their Long Island debut. Schlereth retired the side in his inning of work, striking out one. Meanwhile, Bonifacio went 4-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

Jake Dunning took the loss after filling in for the injured Barbosa, and starter Kyle Simon earned the win for the Bees despite allowing eight hits.

TUESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins will take the mound for the second time in 2018 after a five-inning no-decision against Somerset to start his year. Larkins was the Ducks leader in strikeouts (139), innings pitched (156.0) and complete games (4) as the workhorse of the rotation in his very successful 2017 campaign. Larkins first joined the Ducks in 2016 following a cross-league trade with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. The California native was among Lincoln’s top-three in wins (7), ERA (3.69), and innings pitched (124.1) that season. In his career against New Britain, Larkins owns a 3.43 ERA in four starts, with 20 strikeouts in as 21 innings along with a 2-1 record.

Former major leaguer Jonathan Pettibone will battle the Ducks on Wednesday morning. The 2008 third round draft pick reached the big leagues after five seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and was a serviceable arm for them, making 20 starts in two years. Pettibone owned a record of 5-5 in the big leagues with an ERA of 4.45 before shoulder issues derailed his career. The Californian did not pitch in 2015 and failed to make the Chicago Cubs roster in 2016 after spring training. The 27-year-old righty spent last year with the Bees and had a rough season, going 2-8 with a 5.45 ERA. He hasn’t started this season successfully as well, allowing three earned runs in as many innings to Sugar Land and taking the loss. In four career starts against the Ducks, Pettibone is 0-1 with a 3.64 ERA across 17 and one-third innings pitched.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’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:

Long Island Ducks
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#30 David Washington – 1B
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#6   Alec Sole – 3B
#14 Robert Garcia – RF
#12  Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#23 Jamar Walton – RF
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#15 Reid Brignac – DH
#7   Angelys Nina – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF
#34 Manny Ramirez Jr. – 1B
#25 Nate Irving – C
#16 Vinny Siena – SS

#32 Jonathan Pettibone – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (10:50): TOP 1: Emilio Bonifacio steals second and Jordany Valdespin steals home! The double-steal gives the Ducks an early 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (11:04): BOT 1: The Bees tie the game thanks to a bases loaded walk by Ozney Guillen, the third walk of the inning.

UPDATE (11:13): TOP 2: Long Island regains the lead on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Valdespin! His league-leading 13th RBI of the year makes it 2-1 Flock.

UPDATE (11:30): TOP 3: Wilkin Castillo delivers a two-out RBI single to plate David Washington, increasing the Ducks lead to 3-1!

UPDATE (11:42): BOT 3: Bees grab a run with two outs in the third when Angelys Nina’s fly ball to left is dropped. Ducks lead is now 3-2.

UPDATE (11:53): TOP 4: Another hit and an RBI for Bonifacio, as his single makes it a 4-2 ballgame in favor of Long Island!

UPDATE (12:47): BOT 6: Following a pair of two-out walks, Deibinson Romero ties the game with a two-run single to center. 4-4 as we head to the seventh.

UPDATE (12:59): TOP 7: It’s an INSIDE-THE-PARK HOMER! Robert Garcia’s liner to right sneaks past a diving Jamar Walton, and Garcia round the bases! The three-run homer puts the Ducks back in front, 7-4!

UPDATE (1:37): FINAL: K-Rod retires the Bees in order to earn his first save with the Flock, and the Ducks win this one, 7-4, to even the series in New Britain!

Game 10: Ducks at Bees

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The Ducks are back on the road to battle the New Britain Bees tonight

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks take on the New Britain Bees for the first time in 2018. This will be the first of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 41st all-time meeting between the two teams. Long Island trails New Britain by two games all-time with a 19-21 record against the Bees. The Bees defend their home well, with a 13-7 record over the Ducks in Connecticut. The Ducks bring a 5-4 record to Tuesday’s game, while New Britain holds a 2-7 record after taking two of three from the Road Warriors in their last series.

LAST GAME RECAP: 

While the last four games against the Blue Crabs were marked by fantastic offense, the bats were simply not there in the series finale on Sunday. The Blue Crabs pitching staff surrendered just three hits in the ballgame. The Ducks pitching staff had a showcase game as well, striking out 14 Blue Crabs batters.

The Blue Crabs got on the board right away, as the red-hot Johnny Bladel doubled to kick off the ball game, then was driven home by a pair of groundouts to the second baseman. The score remained that way until the fifth inning, when John Brownell allowed a pair of runs after a single and sacrifice fly with two men on.

Brownell was pulled the next inning in favor of Ashur Tolliver after allowing a two-out hit. The pitching coach left the ballgame with a very solid seven strikeouts through five and two-thirds innings. The Ducks bullpen was lights out the rest of the way, with Tolliver striking out three of five batters faced, along with Matt Marsh and Rob Rogers who struck out four batters combined in the final two innings. The bullpen allowed just three baserunners in the final three and one-third innings.

John Brownell took the loss after allowing three earned runs, and Drake Britton got the victory after pitching five one-hit innings in his first start since 2015.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: 

ON THE MOUND:

Andrew Barbosa will be the starter for the Ducks on Tuesday. Barbosa got the job done in his first start of the season, allowing one earned run over five innings in a 6-4 victory against Somerset exactly one week ago. The 6-foot-8 lefty had great success during his first stint on Long Island in 2015, going 4-1 over nine starts with a 2.82 ERA and striking out 59 batters over 51 innings. The performance caught the eye of the Atlanta Braves, who purchased his contract and assigned him to Double-A Mississippi for the remainder of the season. Barbosa had a great 2016 in the New York Mets organization, dealing a 1.51 ERA across four levels in the organization, including Triple-A Las Vegas. The Florida resident then spent last season exclusively with Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Barbosa owned a 7-3 record primarily out of the bullpen last year with a 5.29 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 66 and one-third innings. The Bees were not yet members of the Atlantic League when Barbosa last spent time with the Ducks, making this his first career start against New Britain.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Tuesday. After spending the first four seasons of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014, Simon has been an Atlantic League arm since 2015. Simon was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Bees, pitching to the tune of a 2.77 ERA over 120 and one-third innings. The 6’6″ right-hander lost in his first 2018 appearance against the first-place Sugar Land Skeeters, allowing five runs in as many innings. The California native is 2-3 in his career against the Ducks with a 3.72 ERA in 10 appearances (6 starts), striking out 30 batters in 38 and two-thirds innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2018, 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 LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage. 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
#15 Jordany Valdespin – 2B
#5   Emilio Bonifacio – CF
#23 Travis Snider – RF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#30 David Washington – 1B
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#28 Daniel Fields – LF
#9   Wilkin Castillo – C
#12  Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Andrew Barbosa – LHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#3   James Skelton – C
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#15 Reid Brignac – SS
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 1B
#4   Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#23 Jamar Walton – DH
#7   Angelys Nina – 2B
#13 Ozney Guillen – RF

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (6:45): TOP 1: Emilio Bonifacio’s first Ducks at-bat ends with his first Ducks hit, a double to right!

UPDATE (6:57): TOP 2: Long Island gets the early lead, as Wilkin Castillo’s RBI groundout scores David Washington! 1-0 Ducks.

UPDATE (7:05): BOT 2: Andrew Barbosa exits tonight’s game after recording the first out of the second inning. Jake Dunning is on to pitch.

UPDATE (7:15): BOT 2: Conor Bierfeldt puts the Bees in front with a two-run home run to left field.

UPDATE (7:45): END 4: Jake Dunning has tossed back-to-back scoreless and hitless innings! Long Island’s offense has seven hits thus far tonight as well.

UPDATE (8:02): BOT 5: New Britain adds a pair on a sac fly from James Skelton and an RBI single by Deibinson Romero. 4-1 Bees.

UPDATE (8:30): BOT 7: Former big leaguer Daniel Schlereth retires the Bees in order in his first inning as a Duck!

UPDATE (8:38): TOP 8: A booming RBI double by Travis Snider, which followed Bonifacio’s third hit of the day, has closed the gap to 4-2!

UPDATE (8:55): BOT 8: Reid Brignac’s RBI double makes this a three-run ballgame once again. 5-2 Bees as we head to the ninth.

UPDATE (9:06): FINAL: Jordany Valdespin picks up his third hit of the night, and Bonifacio earns his fourth! However, the Bees hang on for the 5-2 victory.

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.

 

Game 124: Ducks at Bees

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, CT)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (24-29, 64-59) continue their road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the New Britain Bees (26-28, 62-62). Long Island comes to Connecticut after dropping three of five against Lancaster, while the Bees return home from Texas as one of the hottest teams in the league. New Britain has won six straight games and currently sits in third place in the Liberty Division, trailing first-place Somerset by three games. The Ducks are four-and-a-half games back in the division, but have already clinched a spot in the postseason.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Luis Gonzalez silenced Ducks bats over eight innings as Lancaster topped Long Island 9-2 in the finale of a five-game series from Clipper Magazine Stadium.’

Gonzalez allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks for the victory. The Barnstormers were led offensively by K.C. Hobson who was 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a two-run home run. Trayvon Robinson, Kevin Ahrens, Mike Jacobs, and Dean Wilson each had two hits apiece. Josh Bell hit a solo home run for Lancaster.

Long Island plated a run on Carlos Hughes’ run-scoring groundout in the top of the fifth and Lew Ford’s RBI double in the ninth.

Jarret Leverett suffered the loss in his Ducks debut, yielding six runs on nine hits over five innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

Matt Wessinger doubled for Long Island and scored a run. Delta Cleary Jr. also scored a run for the Flock.

ON THE MOUND: Bobby Blevins returns to the mound for his 20th start of the season. Blevins dropped his past decision, losing a 5-2 contest to the York Revolution. Over six innings, the right-hander surrendered four runs on six hits, striking out six and walking two. Blevins has lost his past two starts versus the Bees. On August 16 the New York native allowed nine runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and two walks in six innings. His most recent win came on August 23 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Blevins held Southern Maryland to one run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks over six innings.

Kyle Simon returns to the mound for the Bees, making his first start since August 12. Simon has a 2.95 earned run average, but has not pitched enough innings to qualify for the top spot in the Atlantic League. Against the Skeeters on the 12th, the Long Beach, California product did not allow an earned run over seven innings, striking out four. Simon’s most recent head-to-head with the Ducks came on July 27 at Bethpage Ballpark. The Flock handed Simon a loss in a 9-2 Long Island victory. The righty allowed six runs on nine hits over four and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. 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.

Ducks
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#18 Bobby Blevins

Bees
#3 James Skelton – C
#7 Greg Golson – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#24 Craig Maddox – DH
#9 Cole Garner – RF
#14 Michael Crouse – CF
#2 Jonathan Roof – 2B
#33 Jon Griffin – 1B
#8 Jake McGuiggan – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP

UPDATE (6:58): BOT 2: Cole Garner’s solo home run to left field gives the Bees a 1-0 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (7:14): BOT 3: Greg Golson’s two-run single up the middle gives New Britain a 3-0 lead on Long Island.

UPDATE (7:43): TOP 5: Tyler Colvin’s double to left field brings in Cody Puckett. The Ducks now trail the Bees 3-1.

UPDATE (8:32): BOT 7: Bobby Blevins tosses a 1-2-3 inning. The Ducks trail the Bees 3-1 heading to the 8th.

UPDATE (9:01): FINAL: The Ducks drop a 3-1 decision to the Bees in the opener of a three-game set.

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