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Game 115: Ducks vs. Bees

The Ducks open a six-game homestand tonight 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 up a three-game series on Tuesday night. This will be the 16th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 56th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bees have a one-game lead in the all-time series, ahead 28-27, but the Ducks have an 8-7 lead in 2018. The Ducks own a 16-10 record against the Bees at home and bring a 31-20 second half record to Tuesday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by just one game. The Bees are seven and a half games back of the Ducks with a 23-27 second half record.

SUNDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks were able to salvage a game from the York Revolution, using early offense to win 7-3 in the finale.

Back-to-back hits by Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Fields, along with a run-scoring wild pitch by Revolution starter Logan Williamson, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It stayed that way until the fourth inning when Long Island plated three runs to extend their lead to four. An RBI single by Dioner Navarro and a two-out, two-run double by Dan Lyons did the damage.

An RBI ground rule double by Welington Dotel in the bottom of the fourth off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady brought York to within three. However, Carlos Pimentel struck out two to leave the bases loaded in the inning. Then, a three-run fifth for the Flock put the game out of reach at 7-1. Sacrifice flies from Navarro and Cody Puckett, along with an RBI double by Miles Williams, highlighted the inning.

York closed to within four in the seventh inning on a two-run single to right-center by Henry Castillo. Colton Murray came into the game though and struck out two of the three batters he faced to escape a two-on, no-out jam. York would get no closer, as Logan Ondrusek tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth.

O’Grady did not factor into the decision but lasted three and one-third innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Pimentel earned the win, tossing one and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just one walk while striking out two. Williamson suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over four innings with two strikeouts.

SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Brett Marshall will make his Ducks debut tonight after representing the piece that completed the Jason Creasy trade with the Blue Crabs. Marshall started his season with the Sugar Land Skeeters and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, accumulating a 5-8 record with a 4.59 ERA with the two teams. The righty earned a win against the Sugar Land Skeeters on August 30th in his last outing, pitching six shutout innings to shutdown the league’s top team. The 28-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career in the New York Yankees organization, reaching the majors in 2013. Marshall collected a 4.50 ERA in three relief appearances with the Bronx Bombers, striking out seven batters.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Tuesday. The 6’6″ right-hander is 8-7 this season with a 4.10 ERA over 22 appearances (21 starts). Simon last appeared on August 30th, taking the loss against the York Revolution after allowing three runs in seven innings of work on six hits and one walk. 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.

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
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#2   Cody Puckett – SS

#18 Brett Marshall – RHP

New Britain Bees
#15 Darren Ford – CF
#30 Angelo Songco – 1B
#24 Deibinson Romero – 3B
#14 Jason Rogers – DH
#35 Jovan Rosa – LF
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#3   James Skelton – C
#4   Vicente Conde – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Ducks plate two after an error and an RBI single by David Washington! It’s 2-0 early in this one!

BOT 2: Ducks bring in three more after an RBI triple by Jordany Valdespin, an RBI double by Lew Ford and a base hit by Taylor Ard! It’s 5-0!

TOP 6: Bees get their first run after a wild pitch to make it 5-1 Ducks.

BOT 6: An RBI single by Cody Puckett extends the Ducks’ lead to 6-1!

TOP 7: An RBI single brings in the Bees’ second run of the game. Ducks lead 6-2.

FINAL: Ashur Tolliver strikes out a pair to solidify a 6-2 series-opening win for the Ducks!

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Game 99: Ducks at Bees

The Ducks look to stay on top of the Liberty Division against the Bees

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees open a three-game series on Friday night. This will be the 12th of 18 scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Bees this season and the 53rd all-time meeting between the two teams. The Ducks and Bees are tied in the all-time series at 26 games apiece, but the Ducks have a 7-5 lead in 2018. The Bees own a 16-10 record against the Flock in New Britain. The Ducks bring a 22-13 second half record to Friday’s game, sitting in first place in the Liberty Division by two games. The Bees are five and a half games back of the Ducks with a 16-18 second half record

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP:

The Ducks suffered their first series loss since July 22nd, falling to the Blue Crabs 9-1.

The Ducks opened the scoring in the second inning on Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly to left field off Blue Crabs starter David Wayne Russo. Southern Maryland responded with two runs in the third on Angelys Nina’s RBI double and Ryan Strausborger’s sac fly to right.

Three more runs in the fourth inning off Ducks starter Jake Fisher extended the Blue Crabs lead to 5-1. A two-run home run to left field by Frank Martinez and an RBI single to right field by Strausborger did the damage. Southern Maryland rounded out their scoring with two more runs in the sixth and a pair of runs in the eighth.

Russo earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run ball, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out five. Fisher took the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over five innings with four strikeouts. Carlos Pimentel struck out the side in a 1-2-3 seventh inning for Long Island, while Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Flock.

WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Chris Pike will start for the Ducks in a spot start scenario, but it will be his second consecutive start. The righty owns a 7.10 ERA in four appearances with the Ducks thus far, allowing five runs in six and one-third innings of work. Pike lasted three and one-third innings on August 6 against the Patriots, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in a 7-2 victory. The Long Island native was primarily a starter in the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2014 to 2017, reaching Triple-A last year. The 25-year-old was also a participant in the Ducks open tryout before the season.

Atlantic League mainstay Kyle Simon will face the Ducks on Friday. The 6’6″ right-hander is 7-6 this season with a 4.04 ERA over 18 appearances (17 starts). Simon last appeared on August 12th, taking the loss against Lancaster after allowing four runs in five innings of work. 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.

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
#28 Daniel Fields – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#35 Taylor Ard – 3B
#30 David Washington – 1B
#38 Ramon Cabrera – C
#5   Miles Williams – RF
#9   Anthony Vega – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#21 Chris Pike – RHP

New Britain Bees
#8   Darren Ford – CF
#3   James Skelton – C
#24 Deibinson Romero – DH
#14 Jason Rogers – 1B
#7   Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
#35 Jovan Rosa – 3B
#11 Jamar Walton – RF
#10 Jonathan Galvez – 2B
#16 Vinny Siena – SS

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Chris Pike starts the game the right way, retiring the side in order!

TOP 4: HUGE inning for the Ducks, who plated four runs after an RBI single by David Washington, a two-run double by Ramon Cabrera, and Miles Williams’ first homer as a Duck!

TOP 5: A pair of two-out doubles by Daniel Fields and Lew Ford extend the Ducks’ lead to 5-0!

BOT 5: Bees storm back with five runs in the frame to tie the game.

BOT 6: Bees take a 7-5 lead with a pair of runs in the inning.

FINAL: Evan Scribner converts his 20th save of the season and the Ducks fall 7-5 in the series opener.

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.

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.

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