Early Offense Leads Bees Past Ducks

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 18, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 8-2 on Tuesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

New Britain took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second inning off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez. An RBI double by Craig Maddox and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Yusuke Kajimoto did the damage.

Three unearned runs in the third on a two-out, three-run double from Jamar Walton extended the lead to five. The Bees rounded out their scoring with single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth. A pair of solo homers by Conor Bierfeldt highlighted the scoring.

Long Island cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth when Marc Krauss launched a mammoth two-run home run to right field.

Bees starter Jonathan Pettibone did not factor into the decision but pitched four scoreless innings, yielding two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Mike Hepple (2-0) collected the win, pitching a scoreless inning and two-thirds. Alvarez (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in two innings.

Angelo Songco had two hits to pace the Flock.

The Ducks and Bees wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday 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). The first 1,500 fans through the gates will take home Ducks Golf Towels, courtesy of Cobham. It’s also another Waddle In Wednesday, and a special item in the Waddle In Shop will be available at a 20% discount all game long. The selected item will be announced on LIDucks.com the morning of the game and at the ballpark throughout the game. Right-hander Matt Larkins (3-6, 3.94) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bees righty Brian Dupra (3-6, 5.42).

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.

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 37 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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