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LONG ISLAND DROPS ROAD TRIP FINALE; HOME OPENER THURSDAY

Ducks unable to overcome early deficit in New Britain

(New Britain, Conn., April 27, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 5-2 on Wednesday morning in the finale of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium.

The Bees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning against Ducks starter Darin Downs. A RBI single by Jonathan Roof, a RBI double by Norberto Susini and a wild pitch did the damage. Susini’s sac fly to right in the fourth and a bases loaded walk to James Skelton in the fifth gave the Bees a five-run advantage.

Long Island plated single runs in the seventh and ninth on a bases loaded walk to Lew Ford and a RBI groundout by Fehlandt Lentini. However, they could not inch closer.

Bees starter Nick Greenwood (2-0) earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out five. Downs (0-1) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits and five walks with four strikeouts over four and two-thirds innings.

The Ducks return home on Thursday for the 2016 home opener 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Bud Harrelson Garden Gnomes, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early for a special pre-game ceremony recognizing two Ducks players along with traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. Right-hander Bobby Blevins for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Jon Leicester.

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. It’s the “Ducks Game of the Week,” and those unable to make game can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by 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.

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 34 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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