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DOWD DELIVERS DUCKS TO SERIES-OPENING WIN

Two-out RBI single in the eighth lifts Ducks over Bees

(Central Islip, N.Y., June 14, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 5-4 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the comeback victory

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Mike Dowd and Dan Johnson talk about the win

New Britain opened up the scoring with two unearned runs in the first inning against Ducks starter Bruce Kern. A fielding error that scored Greg Golson and an RBI single by Michael Crouse did the damage. Long Island responded in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run to right by Ruben Gotay off Bees starter Brian Dupra, closing the gap to 2-1.

The Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a two-out, two-run single by Anthony Vega. A leadoff solo homer to left-center by Golson in the fifth tied the ballgame back up at three. Long Island returned the favor though in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out solo home run to right-center by Dan Johnson.

The Bees came back to tie the game again on a run-scoring groundout from Jovan Rosa in the seventh. However, Mike Dowd put the Ducks back in front for good in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out RBI single up the middle.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Kern pitched five innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out four. Dupra tossed seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Amalio Diaz (4-1) earned the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side. Eric Fornataro (1-2) suffered the loss, yielding a run on one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning. Todd Coffey collected his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

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). It’s “Don’t Zone Out” Night at the ballpark, and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Static Cling Decals, courtesy of CSEA. It's also a Winning Inning Wednesday, and during the game the Ducks will designate a specific occurrence in each inning. If the event takes place, one lucky fan will win $10,000! Simply sign up at the Ducks Ticket Kiosk prior to first pitch to be eligible to win.

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 of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online 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)

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For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Game Date: 06/14/2016
New Britain Bees  4 AT Long Island Ducks  5

                                 YTD                                   YTD
N Britain          AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Skelton, J C        4  1  1  0  .258  Lentini, F RF       3  0  1  0  .336
Golson, G LF        5  2  4  1  .300  Cleary Jr., D CF    3  0  0  0  .278
Rosa, J 3B          5  0  0  1  .304  Gotay, R 2B         4  1  1  1  .309
Maddox, C DH        5  1  1  0  .297  Johnson, D 1B       2  2  1  1  .227
Roof, J 2B          4  0  0  0  .267  Puckett, C 3B       4  1  1  0  .297
Crouse, M RF        4  0  1  1  .295  Blanke, M C         4  1  1  0  .258
Jones, J CF         3  0  1  0  .279  Dowd, M DH          4  0  1  1  .292
Griffin, J 1B       4  0  1  0  .212  Vega, A LF          4  0  1  2  .286
Carrillo, S SS      4  0  1  0  .239  Wessinger, M SS     2  0  1  0  .193
                   38  4 10  3                           30  5  8  5

N Britain            2 0 0   0 1 0   1 0 0 -  4 10  0
L Island             1 0 0   2 1 0   0 1 x -  5  8  2
2B--Jones, J CF (10), Blanke, M C (6). HR--Golson, G LF (1), Gotay, R 2B
(3), Johnson, D 1B (6). RBI--Golson, G LF (12), Rosa, J 3B (27), Crouse, M
RF (18), TOTALS  3 (0), Gotay, R 2B (14), Johnson, D 1B (28), Dowd, M DH
(16), Vega, A LF  2 (22), TOTALS  5 (0). SH--Cleary Jr., D CF (0).
SB--Golson, G LF (8), Jones, J CF (14), Vega, A LF  2 (8). E--Johnson, D 1B
(1), Puckett, C 3B (7). 
LOB--N Britain 9, L Island 6. DP--J. Griffin(1B) - S. Carrillo(SS) - J.
Skelton(C). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 N Britain
Dupra, B                        7.0   7   4   4   3   2   2    2.68
Fornataro, E (L,1-2)            0.2   1   1   1   1   0   0    7.72
Gilblair, S                     0.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.77
                                8     8   5   5   4   3   2
 L Island
Kern, B                         5.0   7   3   1   0   4   1    2.88
DeJiulio Jr., F                 1.0   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
De La Rosa, E                   1.0   1   1   1   1   1   0    2.79
Diaz, A (W,4-1)                 1.0   1   0   0   0   3   0    2.79
Coffey, T (S,8)                 1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2.40
                                9    10   4   2   2  11   1
WP--De La Rosa, E (1), Diaz, A (1). PB--Blanke, M. SO--Skelton, J, Rosa, J,
Maddox, C 2, Roof, J, Crouse, M 2, Griffin, J 2, Carrillo, S 2, Blanke, M,
Vega, A, Wessinger, M. BB--Skelton, J, Jones, J, Lentini, F, Johnson, D 2,
Wessinger, M. BF--Dupra, B 30 (208), Fornataro, E 4 (12), Gilblair, S (47),
Kern, B 23 (111), DeJiulio Jr., F 4 (43), De La Rosa, E 5 (84), Diaz, A 4
(74), Coffey, T 4 (59). P-S--Dupra, B 95-64, Fornataro, E 13-6, Gilblair, S
4-3, Kern, B 96-68, DeJiulio Jr., F 21-11, De La Rosa, E 27-15, Diaz, A
18-14, Coffey, T 8-7. 
T--2:48.  A--4517
 
Plate Umpire - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #1 - John Libone, Field Umpire #2 - Tom Gandolfo Jr.