(Central Islip, N.Y., June 25, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 6-2 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Bees took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Jared James. The Ducks answered back in the third when Steve Lombardozzi’s two-run double down the right field line put the Flock in front 2-1.
Long Island extended their lead to 6-1 with a four-run fifth inning off Bees starter Jed Bradley. A bases loaded walk to Deibinson Romero, a two-run double to right by L.J. Mazzilli and a sac fly to center off the bat of Kirk Nieuwenhuis highlighted the inning. New Britain plated a run in the sixth on Jason Rogers’ sac fly to right, but they would get no closer.
Ducks starter Travis Banwart (3-0) earned the win, tossing five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Bradley (3-1) suffered the loss, yielding six runs on five hits and five walks over four and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Four Ducks relievers combined to pitch three and one-third innings of scoreless baseball, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five.
Ezequiel Carrera led the Flock offensively with two hits and two runs scored.
The Ducks and Bees continue 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 in attendance will receive Ducks Baseball Caps, courtesy of Philly Pretzel. It’s also a Weekend Wednesday at the ballpark! All fans will be invited to enjoy the normally-exclusive Duck Club restaurant and bar on the club level behind home plate. The Duck Club will feature half-price wings and half-price domestic draft Bud Lights throughout the game. In addition, those visiting the concession stands on the main concourse will be able to take advantage of both food and drink specials. Right-hander Joe Iorio (3-0, 2.53) takes the mound for the Ducks against Bees righty Rainy Lara (4-4, 4.89).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the 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 video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel.
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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