Big Night for Bats and Downs Lead Flock Past Bees

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 25, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 9-1 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

New Britain opened the scoring in the second inning via an RBI groundout to second base from Rando Moreno off Ducks starter Darin Downs. Long Island responded in the bottom of the third with an RBI fielder’s choice from Ezequiel Carrera and an RBI single to left field by D’Arby Myers off Bees starter Jed Bradley to go in front 2-1.

The Ducks then erupted for a four-run fourth inning, extending their lead to 6-1. John Apostolo’s RBI single to center, a bases loaded walk to Carrera and a two-run single to right by Myers did the damage. T.J. Rivera launched a three-run home run to left in the sixth, ballooning the advantage to eight.

Downs (3-2) earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. Bradley (3-6) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs on nine hits and seven walks over five and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. Mariel Checo and Clint Freeman each threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Ducks.

Apostolo led the Flock with three hits and a walk, driving in a run and scoring twice. Myers added two hits, three RBIs, a run and two walks.

The Ducks hit the road on Friday night to open a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel. Right-hander Joe Iorio (5-1, 3.15) gets the start for the Ducks against a Patriots starter to be determined.

Long Island returns home on Friday, August 2, to begin a three-game series against the High Point Rockers. 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 Ducks will be hosting a special 20th Anniversary Celebration at the ballpark, and following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the 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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