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FURIOUS RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST BEES

Ducks nearly overcome eight-run deficit with late comeback

(New Britain, Conn., Aug. 16, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 9-7 on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at New Britain Stadium.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the near comeback

The Bees jumped in front with a six-run second inning against Ducks starter Bobby Blevins. Jon Griffin’s RBI groundout, James Skelton’s two-out, two-run single and a three-run home run to center field by Greg Golson did the damage. The Ducks responded with a run in the third when Anthony Vega scored from second on a fielding error by Jon Dziomba.

New Britain got the run back in the fourth on a two-out solo homer to right by Skelton. Single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on RBI doubles from Cole Garner and Jovan Rosa extended the advantage to 9-1. Long Island clawed their way back with a run in the seventh and three in the eighth against Bees starter Nate Roe. RBI singles by Mike Blanke, Cody Puckett and Ruben Gotay, as well as sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Dowd, trimmed the deficit to 9-5.

The Ducks would add two more in the ninth inning on RBI singles by Dan Lyons and Gotay. However, Tyler Colvin’s fly ball to right was caught on the warning track to end the game.

Roe (3-0) picked up the win, pitching seven innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on 10 hits while striking out three. Blevins (1-8) took the loss, surrendering nine runs on 11 hits and two walks in six innings with two strikeouts. Shawn Gilblair collected his 10th save of the season, yielding two hits and striking out two in the ninth.

Puckett led the Flock with three hits, one RBI and one run, while Gotay chipped in with two hits and two RBI.

The Ducks and Bees continue their four-game set on Wednesday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium. Fans can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander John Brownell toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bees southpaw Anthony Marzi.

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, August 23 to open a three-game set against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive Good Times, Every Time Beach Balls, courtesy of Dunrite Pools. It's also a Two-Fer Tuesday, and fans purchasing tickets to the game online at LIDucks.com or via the Ducks mobile app can receive a special buy one, get one free offer by entering the promo code “BOGO” at checkout (max four total tickets per transaction). It’s a Humana Senior Discount Tuesday as well, and senior citizens (65 or older with valid ID) will receive a 25% discount and a special gift package, courtesy of Humana, when purchasing a ticket to the game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office (limited to the first 50 tickets purchased).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.

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 35 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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Game Date: 08/16/2016
Long Island Ducks  7 AT New Britain Bees  9

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  N Britain          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Vega, A LF          4  2  1  0  .260  Skelton, J C        4  3  2  3  .271
Lentini, F RF       4  1  1  0  .329  Golson, G LF        5  1  1  3  .283
Cleary Jr., D CF    5  1  2  0  .326  Rosa, J 3B          5  1  3  1  .302
Puckett, C 3B       5  1  3  1  .287  Maddox, C RF        4  0  1  0  .296
Lyons, D SS         5  1  1  1  .290  Garner, C DH        4  1  2  1  .263
Gotay, R 2B         5  0  2  2  .294  Crouse, M CF        3  1  1  0  .279
 Scura, C PR        0  0  0  0  .091  Roof, J SS          4  1  1  0  .244
Colvin, T DH        5  0  0  0  .182  Griffin, J 1B       4  0  0  1  .270
Dowd, M C           3  1  1  1  .309  Dziomba, J 2B       3  1  1  0  .216
Blanke, M 1B        4  0  1  1  .253       
                   40  7 12  6                           36  9 12  9

L Island             0 0 1   0 0 0   1 3 2 -  7 12  1
N Britain            0 6 0   1 1 1   0 0 x -  9 12  4
2B--Cleary Jr., D CF (12), Puckett, C 3B (15), Dowd, M C (11), Rosa, J 3B 2
(26), Garner, C DH (1). HR--Skelton, J C (9), Golson, G LF (2).
RBI--Puckett, C 3B (61), Lyons, D SS (43), Gotay, R 2B  2 (47), Dowd, M C
(35), Blanke, M 1B (40), TOTALS  6 (0), Skelton, J C  3 (34), Golson, G LF 
3 (26), Rosa, J 3B 2 (50), Garner, C DH (6), Griffin, J 1B (50), TOTALS  9
(0). HP--Crouse, M CF (4). SF--Dowd, M C (2). SB--Dziomba, J 2B (1).
E--Puckett, C 3B (14), Skelton, J C  3 (3), Roof, J SS 2 (13), Dziomba, J
2B (1). 
LOB--L Island 9, N Britain 6. DP--J. Dziomba(2B) - J. Roof(SS) - J.
Griffin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Blevins, B (L,1-8)              6.0  11   9   9   2   2   2    6.13
Lomangino, J                    1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    3.46
Garcia, E                       1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
                                8    12   9   9   2   3   2
 N Britain
Roe, N (W,3-0)                  7.0  10   5   3   0   3   0    4.50
Fry, B                          1.0   0   2   2   2   2   0    5.28
Gilblair, S (S,10)              1.0   2   0   0   0   2   0    2.50
                                9    12   7   5   2   7   0
HB--Blevins, B (7). SO--Vega, A, Cleary Jr., D, Puckett, C, Gotay, R,
Colvin, T 2, Blanke, M, Golson, G, Dziomba, J 2. BB--Vega, A, Lentini, F,
Skelton, J, Dziomba, J. BF--Blevins, B 31 (420), Lomangino, J 4 (116),
Garcia, E 4 (19), Roe, N 33 (131), Fry, B 5 (186), Gilblair, S 5 (149).
P-S--Blevins, B 117-77, Lomangino, J 26-19, Garcia, E 15-10, Roe, N 103-69,
Fry, B 26-12, Gilblair, S 20-13. 
T--2:53.  A--3221

Plate Umpire - David Speranza, Field Umpire #1 - Don Gollar, Field Umpire #2 - John Grasso