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Game 120: Ducks at Bees

Lew Ford (5)

OF/Bench Coach Lew Ford has reached base in 11 straight games for the Long Island Ducks, who look for their seventh-straight series win on Sunday at New Britain.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

1:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium (New Britain, Connecticut)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (30-19; 66-53) take on the New Britain Bees (19-27, 45-71) in the rubber game of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium. The Ducks have won 19 of their last 23 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak with a win today. This afternoon marks the 16th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, with the season series favoring Long Island 8-7. Today is the final game of the season series at New Britain, with a four-game series set for Bethpage Ballpark from August 31-September 3.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

Three Long Island Ducks pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout of the New Britain Bees on Saturday night, as the Ducks won the middle game of a three-game series 3-0 at New Britain Stadium.

Long Island struck first in the top of the fourth inning against New Britain starter Kyle Simon. The Ducks strung together four consecutive two-out singles to take a 2-0 advantage, with Ruben Gotay and Elmer Reyes picking up RBIs.

The Bees had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings against John Brownell (9-3), but could not score. The right-hander threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits while walking four and striking out three. Brownell earned his first win in his last four starts, dating back to July 29 at Bridgeport.

In the top of the ninth, the Ducks added an insurance run against Simon (9-11) when Reyes’ sacrifice fly scored Marc Krauss from third to put the Ducks up 3-0. Despite the loss, Simon threw his Atlantic League-leading fifth complete game of the season, surrendering three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three.

Patrick Crider worked around a two-out double in the eighth to twirl a scoreless frame, and Amalio Diaz recorded his 13th save of the season by setting the Bees down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

The shutout was the seventh of the season recorded by the Long Island pitching staff, and the third in the month of August. Krauss led the Ducks offensively, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Reyes was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

For the first time in 10 days, LHP Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Long Island Ducks. In 21 starts, Perez is 8-7 with a 4.34 ERA and has struck out 81 and walked 25 in 103.2 innings. In his last start on August 17 at Somerset, Perez lasted just 2.0 innings, allowing no runs on one hit before being lifted. In his two starts against New Britain this season, the southpaw is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA (1 ER/9.0 IP) and has fanned 10 batters. Both of his starts against the Bees came in the first half at New Britain Stadium.

New Britain sends RHP Jonathan Pettibone to the hill in the rubber game of the series with Long Island. In 19 starts the ex-Philadelphia Phillie is 2-6 with a 4.48 ERA, and has struck out 54 and walked 27 in 86.1 innings while allowing 100 hits. In his last start on August 22 at Bridgeport, Pettibone surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits in 7.0 innings, walking three and striking out two. The righty has faced the Ducks twice and has no record despite throwing 9.0 shutout 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
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

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

#32 Jonathan Pettibone – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 1: The Ducks capitalize on two Bees errors and take an early 1-0 lead!

TOP 2: Audie Afenir crushes an opposite-field double to drive in Elmer Reyes and collect his first Ducks RBI! Ducks lead the Bees 2-0.

TOP 3: @MarcKrauss25 smacks a two-run home run over the wall in right to put the Ducks ahead 4-0!

BOT 4: The Bees strike for five runs and take a 5-4 lead heading to the fifth.

TOP 5: RBI singles from Elmer Reyes and Derrick Pyles and the Ducks regain a 6-5 lead!

TOP 6: A wild pitch scores Jordan Hinshaw from third base and the Ducks have tied the Bees at 7 all!

BOT 8: The Bees take an 8-7 lead as pinch runner Jake McGuiggan scores on a wild pitch.

FINAL: Bees 8, Ducks 7

W: League (2-2)
L: Rogers (4-1)
SV: Gilblair (16)

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Game 119: Ducks at Bees

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New Britain Stadium will play host to the middle game of a three-game series between the Long Island Ducks and the New Britain Bees on Saturday night.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (29-19; 65-53) continue their three-game weekend series with the New Britain Bees (19-26, 45-70) tonight at The Beehive. The Ducks have won 18 of their last 22 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak this weekend. Tonight marks the 15th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, with the season series currently deadlocked 7-7. Including Saturday’s skirmish, the two squads will meet six times in the next 10 days to complete their regular season series.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 5-3 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium in the opening game of a three-game series.

New Britain took the lead in the bottom of the first when Tyler Levine walked James Skelton and allowed a double to Michael Crouse to lead off the game. Two batters later Craig Maddox grounded out to second base to plate Skelton and give the Bees a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Crouse padded the Bees advantage with a two-run single, and Conor Bierfeldt doubled home a run in the sixth to expand the gap to 4-0. Levine (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out three and walking one.

Long Island got on the board in the top of the seventh, when Derrick Pyles drove Ruben Gotay home with a single off Nick Greenwood. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with an RBI single off reliever Nate Roe to cut the lead to 4-2. Greenwood (3-4) was charged with two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five and not issuing a walk.

The Ducks struck again in the top of the eighth, with Gotay collecting an RBI double to plate Audie Afenir and slice the deficit to 4-3. However, the Bees added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and Sean Gilblair finished off the 5-3 win for his 15th save of the season.

Jordan Hinshaw went 3-for-5 with a double in his first game back against the Bees after he was traded from the club to the Ducks on August 22. Gotay added two hits, and Zac Treece struck out the side in order in his one inning of relief.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

RHP John Brownell gets the start for the Long Island Ducks in the middle game of the three-game series with the Bees. In 20 starts this season, the right-hander is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA, and has struck out 79 while walking 38 in 119.2 innings pitched. Brownell has faced the Bees once this season, getting no decision on May 11 at New Britain Stadium, when he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 Bees victory. In his last start on August 21 against Sugar Land, Brownell allowed two runs in five innings, walking three and striking out four while getting no decision.

New Britain sends RHP Kyle Simon to the hill to counter Brownell, looking to clinch a series win. Simon has won each of his last three starts, and is 9-10 overall in 23 appearances (18 starts) with a 4.19 ERA. He leads the Atlantic League with four complete games, and third with 135.1 innings pitched. Simon has faced the Ducks twice this season, once in relief and once as a starter, and is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP). Last time out against the Bridgeport Bluefish on August 20, Simon allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out four without a walk while getting the win.

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
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – 2B
#19 Derrick Pyles – LF
#24 Audie Afenir – C

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#18 Kyle Simon – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: John Brownell strikes out two in a scoreless first inning for the Ducks. No score heading to the second.

TOP 4: The Ducks get on the board with four straight singles! 2-0 Long Island on top of the @NewBritainBees!

TOP 7: The Ducks go down in the seventh, but still hold a 2-0 lead on the @NewBritainBees.

FINAL: Ducks 3, Bees 0.

W: Brownell (9-3)
L: Simon (9-11)
SV: Diaz (13)

Game 118: Ducks at Bees

Giovanny Alfonzo (2)

INF Giovanny Alfonzo delivered a game-tying two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, setting the stage for the Long Island Ducks’ eighth waddle-off win of the season.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (29-18; 65-52) hit the road to visit the New Britain Bees (19-26, 45-70) for a three-game weekend series in central Connecticut. The Ducks have won 18 of their last 21 games, including three this week in waddle-off fashion. Long Island has also won six straight series, and will look to continue that streak this weekend. Overall tonight will be the 14th meeting of the season between the Bees and the Ducks, and the Ducks currently lead the competitive season series 7-6. Friday’s matchup is the first time the two squads have met since July 19 at Bethpage Ballpark.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 4-3 in 10 innings on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks struck for the game’s opening run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Alex Burg off Skeeters starter Mitch Talbot. Sugar Land responded with a three-run third inning against Ducks starter Alfredo Simon to take a 3-1 lead. Following a triple by Joe Benson and a walk by Josh Prince, both with two outs, Caleb Ramsey hit a three-run home run to right field.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Angelo Songco walked and Elmer Reyes doubled with one out in the frame, and Giovanny Alfonzo delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle to tie the game at three.

After Amalio Diaz escaped second-and-third, two-out jam in the top of the 10th, the Ducks won it in the bottom of the frame. Lew Ford and Marc Krauss each walked with one out against Trey Haley, and Songco followed with the game-winning single through the right side.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon tossed eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Talbot pitched six innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits while striking out six. Diaz (4-4) got the win after pitched a scoreless 10th inning, yielding a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Haley (2-2) took the loss, surrendering the winning run on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.

Krauss, Songco and Reyes each had two hits to pace the Ducks offensively, with Songco adding an RBI and two runs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Tyler Levine answers the call for the Ducks in the series opener. In 20 appearances (five starts) this season, Levine is 3-0 with a 4.40 ERA. In those five previous starts, Levine has notched all three of his wins this season, and sports a 4.56 ERA (13 ER/25.2 IP). However, if you remove one bad start that he had at Bridgeport on July 28, he sports a 2.95 ERA as a starting pitcher this season. Last time out on August 13 at Southern Maryland, Levine got the win after allowing one run on eight hits in five innings of work in a spot start.

Lefty Nick Greenwood gets the start for New Britain. In 10 starts this season, Greenwood is 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA. The second-year Bee hurler allowed two runs on 11 hits in eight innings at Bridgeport in his last start on August 19, getting the win. Like Levine, the southpaw pitches to extreme contact, recording just 24 strikeouts and 16 walks  in 52.1 innings this season, and has allowed a staggering 77 hits, with opposing batters garnering an eye-popping .347 batting average. Greenwood has not faced the Ducks this season.

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
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#23 Alex Burg – C
#19 Derrick Pyles – DH
#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
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#8   Yusuke Kajimoto – RF
#9   Tsuyoshi Fujiwara – 2B
#5   Michael Baca – ss

#23 Nick Greenwood – LHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: The Bees take 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout from Craig Maddox.

BOT 5: New Britain plates another two on a Michael Crouse single to take a 3-0 lead.

BOT 6: The Bees strike again for a run on a Conor Bierfeldt double and extend their lead to 4-0.

TOP 7: RBI singles by Derrick Pyles and Giovanny Alfonzo cut the Bees lead to 4-2 over the Ducks.

TOP 8: Doubles by Audie Afenir and Ruben Gotay plate a run and slice the Bees lead to 4-3.

FINAL: Bees 5, Ducks 3

W: Greenwood (3-4)
L: Levine (3-1)
SV: Gilbair (15)

Game 47: Ducks at Bees

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (23-23) look to complete a three-game sweep of the New Britain Bees (16-29) in tonight’s series finale. Long Island swept both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday to improve to 4-5 against the Bees this year and 3-3 at New Britain Stadium. The Ducks now sit five games behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Bees have fallen to 11 and a half games out of first place and six and a half behind the Flock.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Starting pitching led the way for the Flock on Wednesday night as the Ducks swept a single admission doubleheader from the Bees with 6-1 and 2-0 victories.

Dennis O’Grady (2-2) started the opener for Long Island and gave the Ducks five innings of one-run ball. The right-hander gave up just four hits and four walks during his outing while striking out seven batter and threw 82 pitches, 49 for strikes. Only two of the four hits O’Grady allowed went to the outfield, and his only hiccup came in the fifth inning when he walked three straight with one out, including a bases loaded free pass to Jovan Rosa. However, he bounced back with strikeouts of Conor Bierfeldt and Jon Griffin to escape the jam. Patrick Crider and Zac Treece then each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to seal the win.

Meanwhile, the Ducks scored early and often against Bees starter Mike Lee (0-4). Fehlandt Lentini opened the game with a solo home run down the left field line. One inning later, Long Island added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead. Giovanny Alfonzo grounded a two-run single up the middle, and Lentini connected for a two-out RBI double to left.

In the third, Marc Krauss followed a single and a walk with an RBI single to right-center for the Ducks’ fifth run of the game. Lentini rounded out the scoring in the sixth with his third hit and third RBI of the game, a single to right that plated Krauss, who was 3-for-3 in the ballgame.

Game two was all about Tim Melville (3-4) for the Flock. The right-hander was able to end a two-start losing skid with his most dominant performance of the year. He fired six shutout innings during the game, yielding four singles and one walk. The former big leaguer mixed a tremendous fastball with a nasty breaking ball and change-up to record 14 strikeouts in the game, tying a franchise single-game record set previously by Mike Loree in September of 2011 and Rich Hill in August of 2015. Melville threw a total of 89 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

Both of Long Island’s runs came in the third inning against Bees starter Brian Dupra (3-3). Lentini reached on an error by shortstop Jake McGuiggan and moved to second on a poor pickoff through from Dupra. Anthony Vega then drew one of his three walks in the game, and Elmer Reyes followed with an infield single to short. Lew Ford nearly missed a bases-clearing double and a three-run homer down the left field line on consecutive pitches, but he settle for a two-run single to right that gave the Ducks a 2-0 advantage.

The Ducks had several opportunities to make the game much more lopsided but failed to do so. Dupra walked three but left the bases loaded in the first inning. Following Ford’s single and a walk to Krauss in the third, he recorded three straight outs to once again leave the bags full. Finally, in the fourth, Krauss popped out to left field with two men out after a single and two walks. Ultimately, Melville was able to maintain the lead before Chin-Hui Tsao closed out the game with a 1-2-3 seventh to earn his fourth save.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks hand the ball to Rafael Perez (3-1, 3.31 ERA) in the series finale at New Britain Stadium. The southpaw last pitched on Friday in game two of a doubleheader at Bridgeport, throwing four scoreless innings and yielding just two hits and a walk while striking out five in a 6-0 Ducks win. Perez threw 63 pitches, 45 of which were strikes, as he made his return following a groin injury that caused him to miss two starts. The MLB veteran has struck out 32 batters while walking only eight in 35 and one-third innings this season. He faced the Bees in New Britain back on May 14, earning the win in game one of a doubleheader. The 35-year-old gave up just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in Long Island’s 3-1 victory.

Anthony Marzi (3-3, 3.16 ERA) will look to avoid the sweep for the Bees. The left-hander comes into the game off of a no-decision in his most recent outing on Friday at Southern Maryland. He threw six innings of one-run ball in the start, giving up just six hits and a walk while striking out a season-high six in Bridgeport’s 7-3 victory. Marzi allowed four runs in his previous start before that, but only one of them was earned. In fact, the second-year Bee has given up three earned runs total over his past four starts, compiling a 1.08 ERA in that span and striking out at least five in all four starts. His only start against the Flock this year came on April 30 at Bethpage Ballpark. The 24-year-old threw five scoreless innings, yielding just three this and a walk while striking out three in New Britain’s 5-1 win.

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:

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

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

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

#12 Anthony Marzi – LHP

UPDATE (6:54): END 1: Neither side pushes across a run in the opening inning, with both teams leaving a runner at second base.

UPDATE (7:12): TOP 2: Ducks take a 3-0 lead! RBI singles from Giovanny Alfonzo & Delta Cleary Jr. along with an RBI double from Fehlandt Lentini gives the Flock an early advantage!

UPDATE (7:20): BOT 2: Conor Bierfeldt leads off the inning with a solo home run to left field, cutting the Ducks lead to two.

UPDATE (7:52): END 4: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Rafael Perez, who has now retired nine Bees batters in a row! Still 3-1 Ducks after four.

UPDATE (8:15): BOT 5: Bees take advantage of an error and close to within one on an RBI single by Michael Baca. However, Perez strands two runners on base.

UPDATE (8:48): END 7: Eury De La Rosa ends a scoreless inning of relief with a double play ball. Final line on Perez: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

UPDATE (9:14): END 8: Amalio Diaz with a scoreless inning, stranding the tying run at second after a leadoff single!

UPDATE (9:28): FINAL: Chin-Hui Tsao nails down his fifth save of the year, and the Ducks complete a three-game sweep of the Bees with a 3-2 win!

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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