(New Britain, Conn., Aug. 23, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 9-6 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium.
The Ducks wasted no time, scoring in the top of the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly to left from L.J. Mazzilli. However, the Bees would claim the lead in the fourth inning after a two-run home run from Jason Rogers and a three-run home run off the bat of Logan Moore, totaling the score at 5-1.
The Ducks would get a run back in the top half of the sixth when Mazzilli launched a one-out solo home run to left-center field. New Britain, though, answered back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on a throwing error, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Ryan Jackson, bringing the score to 8-2.
Long Island added a run in the seventh when Vladimir Frias came around to score on a passed ball. The Ducks then scored three runs on five hits in the eighth, including RBI singles from Hector Sanchez, Deibinson Romero and D’Arby Myers. An RBI triple from Darren Ford in the home half of the inning rounded out the scoring.
Bees starter David Roseboom (2-1) picked up the win for New Britain after tossing seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Joe Iorio (5-3) was tagged with the loss for Long Island, lasting four and two-thirds innings, yielding five runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Jim Fuller earned his 16th save of the season for New Britain after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
L.J. Mazzilli led the Ducks offensively, going 2-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and a sacrifice fly.
The Ducks continue their road trip with the middle game of a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Fans 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. Right-hander Brandon Beachy (2-0, 4.73) gets the start for the Ducks against Bees righty Cory Riordan (7-6, 5.59).
Long Island returns home on Monday, August 26, to begin a four four-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. 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 K-Man Merch Monday! A designated player on the Blue Crabs will be selected as the evening’s K-Man. If the K-Man strikes out during the game, fans will receive a 10% savings on a select item in the Waddle In Shop. If he strikes out a second time, the discount will grow to 20%. A third strikeout by the K-Man increases the savings to 30%. 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 www.liducks.com.
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