Melville Makes History as Ducks Sweep Twin Bill

(New Britain, Conn., June 7, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks swept a single admission doubleheader from the New Britain Bees on Wednesday night at New Britain Stadium, taking game one 6-1 and game two 2-0.

Long Island struck first in the opening inning of game one when Fehlandt Lentini launched a leadoff solo homer down the left field line. Three more runs in the second off of Bees starter Mike Lee on a two-run single by Giovanny Alfonzo and an RBI double by Lentini increased the lead to 4-0.

Marc Krauss drove in Long Island’s fifth run with an RBI single to right-center in the third. New Britain got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth on a bases loaded walk to Jovan Rosa. However, Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady struck out back-to-back hitters to leave the bases loaded. Lentini rounded out the scoring in the sixth with a two-out RBI single to right.

O’Grady (2-2) earned the win, pitching five innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out seven. Lee (0-4) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four innings. Patrick Crider and Zac Treece each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the Flock.

Lentini and Krauss each had three hits to lead the Flock. Lentini drove in three runs and scored once, while Krauss had an RBI and two runs.

Ducks starter Tim Melville (3-4) was the story in game two. The right-hander twirled six shutout innings to collect the win, allowing just four singles and a walk along the way. He also struck out 14 batters, tying a franchise single-game record set only twice before. The former big leaguer struck out the side

The only offense Long Island needed came in the second inning against Bees starter Brian Dupra. Following two errors, a walk and a single, Lew Ford grounded a two-run single through the right side to plate Lentini and Anthony Vega.

Dupra (3-3) suffered the loss, yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits and seven walks in four innings while striking out three. Chin-Hui Tsao tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for the Flock to earn his fourth save of the year.

The Ducks and Bees wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Fans can follow all the action 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 Left-hander Rafael Perez (3-1, 3.31) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bees southpaw Anthony Marzi (3-3, 3.16).

Long Island returns home on Friday, June 9 to begin a three-game set with the Bluefish. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks T-Shirts, courtesy of Petro Home Services. It’s also a Fowl Pole Friday at the Duck Pond, and if a select Ducks player hits a home run off of one of the foul poles during the game, one lucky fan will win $50,000. In addition, a Bluefish player will be selected as the Pizza Hut K-Man of the game. If that player strikes out, fans will receive a FREE 1-Topping Personal Pan Pizza at a participating Pizza Hut location 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

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