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LDCS Game 1: Ducks vs. Patriots

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RHP John Brownell leads the charge as the Ducks begin their quest for a fourth Atlantic League Championship tonight against the Somerset Patriots.

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

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

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

For the second year in a row, the Long Island Ducks meet the Somerset Patriots in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. In 2016, the Ducks and Patriots battled in an epic series where the Long Island erased a two-games-to-none deficit to win 3-2 and advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series. During the 2017 regular season, the Ducks beat the Patriots 11 times in 20 battles, including two waddle-off wins and three extra-inning games.

SUNDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Constellation Field in the final game of the 2017 regular season.

The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Anthony Giansanti’s sacrifice fly to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine. A two-out RBI double by Wilfredo Rodriguez in the third extended the advantage to two.

Sugar Land doubled their lead to 4-0 in the seventh on a two-run home run to right by Caleb Ramsey. Long Island closed to within two in the eighth on an RBI double to left by Delta Cleary Jr. and an RBI single to right by Angelo Songco. However, the Skeeters got the runs back in the bottom of the inning on sac flies from Dickie Thon and Ramsey.

Skeeters starter Alberto Rodriguez (1-0) earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Levine (3-3) took the loss, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings with three strikeouts. Felipe Paulino picked up his 16th save by recording the game’s final four outs.

LDCS PREVIEW:

ON THE MOUND:

Staff ace John Brownell will take the mound in the series opener for the Ducks. In his sixth season with the Ducks, Brownell registered a 10-5 record with a 3.44 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 96 and walking 51 in 146.1 innings pitched. Against Somerset this season, the all-time franchise leader in wins had no record and a 4.59 ERA in three starts, striking out 11, walking six and allowing 18 hits in 17.2 IP as opponents hit .257 against him. In his last start on September 12, Brownell turned in a quality start but got tagged with the loss at Lancaster, allowing three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.

Somerset counters with new acquisition Mark Hamburger, who made just one outing during the regular season with the Patriots after coming over from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Hamburger was grilled by the New Britain Bees for two runs on five hits in seven innings in his first start, getting no decision in a 5-2 Bees triumph. The right-hander had five unspectacular appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2011, and most recently was 13-6 with an also unspectacular 4.13 ERA with the Saints. The Patriots have confirmed that for an additional $2, Hamburger will be served with a side of fries and an ice-cold Pepsi.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 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.

For a complete history of the Ducks in the playoffs, CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Long Island Ducks
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#23 Alex Burg – C
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – DF
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Somerset Patriots
#15 Justin Trapp – RF
#8   Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#19 Olmo Rosario – LF
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#14 David Vidal – 3B
#37 Joe Maloney – 1B
#5   D’Vontrey Richardson – CF
#9   Tyler Bortnick – 2B
#4   Yovan Gonzalez – C

#27 Mark Hamburger – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

TOP 2: John Brownell strikes out the side to keep the game scoreless! 🔥🔥🔥

TOP 3: The Patriots take a 5-0 lead capitalizing on two miscues.

BOT 4: The Ducks take a bite out of Mark Hamburger and cut the deficit to 5-1 Patriots.

TOP 6: Somerset plates another pair of runs as they take a 7-1 advantage in game one.

FINAL: Patriots 7, Ducks 1

W: Hamburger (1-0)
L: Brownell (0-1)

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Game 140: Ducks at Skeeters

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The Ducks wrap up the 2017 regular season on Sunday afternoon in Texas

GAME TIME/LOCATION:

2:05 p.m. CDT at Constellation Field (Sugar Land, Texas)

TODAY’S MATCHUP:

The Long Island Ducks (37-32; 73-66) close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon with the rubber game of their three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (36-33; 66-73). Long Island clinched the Second Half Liberty Division title and a postseason berth on Saturday night thanks to a 5-2 loss by the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Somerset Patriots. Sugar Land was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night. Today is the 20th and final meeting of the year between the Ducks and Skeeters, with Long Island holding a 10-9 advantage.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Ducks dropped the middle game of their three-game series to the Sugar Land Skeeters by a 5-3 margin but clinched a playoff berth in the process thanks to Bridgeport’s loss to Somerset.

The Second Half Liberty Division champions earned their seventh second half division title in team history and first since 2013, as well as their 12th half-season title overall. This marks their third consecutive trip to the playoffs and 12th in team history, all coming in the past 14 seasons. Long Island will be seeking its sixth Division Championship and fourth Atlantic League title in franchise history.

In Saturday’s game, the Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning. Giovanny Alfonzo singled to open the game and eventually scored when Marc Krauss hit a grounder to first. Travis Scott’s throw was dropped by Kevin Ahrens at second base to ensure Alfonzo would score on the play. Sugar Land answered in the second to tie the game at one, as they loaded the bases with nobody out against Jake Dunning. However, all they could muster was a groundout to first by Wilfredo Rodriguez that scored Scott.

Both starter locked in a pitcher’s duel from that point on. Mitch Talbot tossed six innings of one-run ball for the Skeeters, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Dunning (2-3) gave up just one run over his first six innings while striking out five. He came back out for the seventh though and ran into trouble.

Following back-to-back one-out singles by Anthony Giansanti and Rodriguez, Joe Benson lined a two-run triple down the right field line to give the Skeeters the lead. A passed ball on a pitch by Rob Rogers allowed Benson to score Sugar Land’s fourth run, and a two-out RBI double by Cole Gillespie made it a 5-1 game. Dunning was charged with three runs in the inning, while Dustin Richardson, who came in for a fourth consecutive game and walked Caleb Ramsey, was charged with the other.

Long Island nearly rallied back in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Hinshaw drew a leadoff walk against Scott Maine, and Angelo Songco launched a two-run home run two batters later to close the gap to 5-3. However, Felipe Paulino came in and struck out pinch-hitter Audie Afenir and Delta Cleary Jr. to end the game.

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS:

ON THE MOUND:

Tyler Levine will take the mound for the Ducks in the series finale. The right-hander is looking to bounce back from his most difficult start of the year back on September 1 against New Britain. He allowed four home runs in the outing and surrendered 11 runs on 11 hits in four innings to take the loss. 10 of the 11 runs came on the homers. Overall, Levine is 3-2 with a 6.05 ERA in 22 games (seven starts). Today will be his fifth appearance of the season but first start against the Skeeters. He has a 1-0 record and a 5.06 ERA against Sugar Land, allowing five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in five and one-third innings.

Long Island will get its first look at Alberto Rodriguez, who makes the start in the season finale for the Skeeters. The right-hander has a 2.70 ERA through two starts with the Skeeters but has picked up a no-decision in both. He went five innings in his most recent outing on September 10 in New Britain, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in a 7-3 win for the Skeeters. The Cuba native began the year with the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association and went 5-7 with a 3.39 ERA and 95 strikeouts to 51 walks in 21 games (13 starts). He spent two previous seasons (2014-15) with rookie-level Idaho Falls in the Kansas City Royals organization.

FOLLOW ALONG: 

Fans can follow all the action for today’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 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
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#19 Derrick Pyles – RF
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#28 Jordan Hinshaw – LF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#18 Tyler Levine – RHP

Sugar Land Skeeters
#7   Josh Prince – 2B
#33 Caleb Ramsey – 1B
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – DH
#9   Wilfredo Rodriguez – C
#5   Joe Benson – RF
#18 Dickie Thon – LF
#12 Carlos Hughes – SS

#27 Alberto Rodriguez – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

UPDATE (2:26): BOT 1: Skeeters get a run on a sac fly by Anthony Giansanti, but Tyler Levine record three straight outs after allowing three singles.

UPDATE (2:44): BOT 2: Levine strikes out the side in the second, getting Benson and Hughes swinging and Prince looking!

UPDATE (3:03): BOT 3: A two-out RBI double by Wilfredo Rodriguez extends the Skeeters’ lead to 2-0.

UPDATE (3:41): BOT 5: Back-to-back scoreless innings for Levine, who has allowed just two runs over five. Skeeters still hold a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE (3:58): BOT 6: Patrick Crider comes into the game and retires Sugar Land 1-2-3 in the sixth!

UPDATE (4:28): BOT 7: A two-run home run to right field by Caleb Ramsey doubles Sugar Land’s lead to 4-0.

UPDATE (4:45): TOP 8: Ducks have closed to within two on an RBI double by Delta Cleary Jr. & an RBI single by Angelo Songco! Two on and two out in the frame.

UPDATE (5:03): BOT 8: Sac flies from Dickie Thon and Caleb Ramsey restore the four-run advantage for Sugar Land at 6-2.

UPDATE (5:11): FINAL: Skeeters hang on for the 6-2 victory. We’ll see you at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday night for Game One of the playoffs!

Game 126: Ducks vs. Bees

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OF/1B Marc Krauss and the Long Island Ducks look to get back on the winning track 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 (32-23; 68-57) continue their four-game, wrap-around weekend series with the New Britain Bees (22-31; 48-75). This will be the final series between the two teams this year. The Bees have a 9-8 advantage in the first 17 games of the season series with the Ducks, and a 4-3 lead at Bethpage Ballpark. This is the final series of the 2017 regular season between Long Island and New Britain.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: 

The Long Island Ducks met the Chapey’s Home Run Challenge on Friday night in the opener of a four-game series against the New Britain Bees. Angelo Songco’s two-run blast to right field in the sixth inning was Long Island’s 100th home run of the 2017 season.

Because they hit 100 home runs this year and met the challenge, Chapey & Sons Funeral Homes will donate $5,000 to the QuackerJack Foundation. This marks the first time the Ducks have met Chapey’s Home Run Challenge since they hit 102 longballs as a team during the 2014 season. It came on Songco’s 21st home run of the season, the most among Ducks batters this year and tied for the third-most in the Atlantic League.

The Bees used the longball to fuel their offense during the game, as they hit five home runs to pick up the win. Craig Maddox led the way with three homers, including a pair of grand slams. He finished the game with four hits, 11 RBI and four runs to lead the Bees.

Kyle Simon (10-11) started and got the win for New Britain, pitching six innings of two-run ball, allowing nine hits and three walks while striking out four. Tyler Levine (3-2) started and took the loss for the Ducks, yielding 11 runs on 11 hits and two walks over four innings with three strikeouts.

Jordan Hinshaw, Delta Cleary Jr. and Elmer Reyes each had a pair of hits to lead the Flock offensively. Reliever Jose Velez dazzled on the mound for Long Island with two scoreless innings of relief, striking out five of the six hitters he faced.

HIGHLIGHTS:

ON THE MOUND:

Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks tonight. In 24 appearances (23 starts), Larkins is 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA and leads the staff with 139.0 innings pitched and 119 strikeouts. The right-hander got the win in his last start on August 28 against York, allowing three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings, falling one out shy of a quality start. He struck out six and walked a season-high five in the outing. The last time Larkins faced the Bees, he borrowed a page from the book of Jack Morris by pitching to the score. In a 13-6 Long Island win, Larkins allowed six runs in six innings on 13 hits, a season-high for a Ducks pitcher in a single game.

The Bees answer back with right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, looking to recover from a turbulent outing against the Ducks in his last start. On August 27, the righty allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 4.1 innings, however the Bees still won 8-7. Overall, the former Philadelphia Phillies hurler is 2-6 with a 4.77 ERA in 20 games, striking out 57 and walking 30 in 90.2 innings. Pettibone is working his way back from a myraid of shoulder issues that cost him the past two seasons.

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 – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – 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
#28 Conor Bierfeldt – LF
#2   Jake McGuiggan – 2B
#5   Michael Baca – SS

#32 Jonathan Pettibone – RHP


LIVE GAME UPDATES:

BOT 1: Angelo Songco drives in Delta Cleary Jr with an RBI single and the Ducks take a 1-0 lead.

TOP 5: The Ducks still lead 2-0 over the Bees as Matt Larkins spins a 1-2-3 inning.

FINAL (5 inn.): Tonight’s game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Ducks 2, Bees 0.

W: Larkins (9-6)
L: Pettibone (2-7)

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 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)

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