(New Britain, Conn., May 12, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks fell to the New Britain Bees 6-0 Friday night at New Britain Stadium.
Ducks (9-13) starter Matt Larkins was strong early, holding the Bees off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth, when the Bees struck for a pair of runs. A Jon Griffin RBI single brought home Craig Maddox with the game’s first run, and a Jamar Walton sacrifice fly plated Conor Bierfeldt to give New Britain a 2-0 lead.
Larkins (0-2) was strong outside of that blip, lasting five innings and allowing just two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four.
New Britain (7-14) tacked on four against the combination of Tyler Wilson and Jim Fuller in the bottom of the sixth; with the big blow being a two-run triple from Michael Crouse off Fuller. Rob Rogers and Tyler Levine were able to keep the Bees off the scoreboard in the final two innings of the game.
Kyle Simon (2-1) got the win for the Bees, tossing five innings of three-hit ball. Long Island threatened in the ninth by putting runners at first and second, but couldn’t score against Mike Hepple.
Giovanny Alfonzo led the Ducks offense by going 2-for-4, and Marc Krauss reached base twice on walks.
The Ducks continue their series with the Bees Saturday night at 6:35 pm. Fans can follow all the action online on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez (1-1, 5.06) takes the mound for Long Island, New Britain will counter with Mike Lee (0-1, 9.64).
Long Island returns home on Tuesday, May 16 to open up another three-game series against the Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full-season ticket holders). Tuesday will be the annual “Bark in the Park” Night at the ballpark, and all fans wishing to bring their dog to the game must purchase a Pooch Pass in advance. Each pass is $13 and includes a game ticket in designated box seating sections as well as admission for one dog. Pooch Passes can be obtained by visiting the box office or going online to www.liducksgroups.com and typing in the password “pooch” when prompted. Individual tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.
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