(Central Islip, N.Y., July 17, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 5-3 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Jovan Rosa put the Bees on top first with a solo home run to left field in the opening inning off Ducks starter Tyler Levine. The Ducks answered in the bottom of the second when Alex Burg launched a mammoth solo home run to left off Bees starter Greg Nappo.
New Britain went back ahead in the third on Rosa’s two-out RBI double to right-center. However, a line drive solo homer to left by Giovanny Alfonzo in the fifth tied the game at two.
Angelo Songco put Long Island on top for good one inning later when he crushed a two-run home run to right field on the first pitch he saw. Elmer Reyes delivered an RBI single to center in the eighth to increase the Ducks’ lead to 5-2.
The Bees plated a run in the ninth on an RBI single to left by Jordan Hinshaw. However, Michael Crouse struck out to end the ballgame.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Levine pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Nappo also threw five innings of two-run ball, yielding six hits and striking out four. Rob Rogers (2-0) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three. Brandon Fry (0-3) took the loss, surrendering two runs on a hit and two walks in one inning. David Aardsma collected his ninth save of the year despite yielding a run on two hits in the ninth while striking out two.
Songco and Lew Ford each had two hits to pace the Flock offensively. Songco drove in two runs while Ford scored twice.
The Ducks and Bees continue their three-game set on Tuesday night. 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). It’s a Two-Fer Tuesday at the ballpark! Fans purchasing tickets to the game online at LIDucks.com or via the Ducks mobile app can receive a special buy one, get one free offer by entering the promo code “BOGO” at checkout (max. four total tickets per transaction). Right-hander Henderson Alvarez (Ducks Debut) takes the mound for the Ducks against Bees righty Jonathan Pettibone (1-4, 4.76).
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. Those unable to make the game 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 LIDucks.com.
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.
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