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LATE DUCKS RALLY FALLS SHORT IN NINTH

Long Island drop series-opening game to New Britain

(New Britain, Conn., Sept. 2, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 3-1 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium.

GAME AUDIO: Tyler Colvin's RBI double

Cole Garner’s solo home run off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins made it 1-0 Bees in the second inning. New Britain added two more runs in the third on Greg Golson’s two-run single to center.

The Ducks cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fifth when Tyler Colvin doubled to left, driving in Cody Puckett from second base. In the ninth, Colvin walked and Mike Blanke reached on an infield single. However, pinch hitter Dan Lyons struck out to end the ballgame.

Bees reliever Kevin Vance (4-2) earned the victory, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts in three innings. Blevins (2-10) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on six hits with three strikeouts over eight innings. New Britain starter Kyle Simon tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit while compiling four strikeouts. Shawn Gilblair, despite allowing a walk and hit in the ninth, collected his 17th save with a scoreless inning.

Delta Cleary Jr. led the Ducks with two hits, two stolen bases, and a walk. Fehlandt Lentini also tallied two hits.

The Ducks and Bees continue their series on Saturday night with a single admission doubleheader composed of two seven-inning games. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium. Fans can listen to all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander John Brownell takes the baseball for the Ducks in game one against Bees righty Mike Lee. Game two feature southpaw Daniel Herrera for Long Island against right Daniel Sattler.

Long Island returns home on Monday, September 5 to open a four-game set with the Bridgeport Bluefish. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m. in a special Labor Day matinee, with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for full season ticket holders). To celebrate Labor Day, the Ducks will be offering fans the opportunity to enjoy a "Labor Day Barbecue with the Ducks!" As part of this great package, fans will receive a 90-minute all-you-can-eat BBQ Picnic and a ticket to the game. This exclusive package will only be available by phone order or at the box office. Individual 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: 09/02/2016
Long Island Ducks  1 AT New Britain Bees  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  N Britain          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Vega, A LF          4  0  0  0  .245  Skelton, J C        4  0  0  0  .261
Lentini, F RF       4  0  2  0  .317  Golson, G LF        4  0  1  2  .282
Cleary Jr., D CF    3  0  2  0  .320  Rosa, J 3B          4  0  0  0  .299
Ford, L DH          4  0  0  0  .330  Maddox, C DH        3  0  0  0  .300
Puckett, C 3B       4  1  1  0  .278  Garner, C RF        2  1  1  1  .275
Gotay, R 2B         4  0  1  0  .278  Crouse, M CF        3  0  0  0  .293
Colvin, T 1B        3  0  1  1  .202  Roof, J 2B          3  0  1  0  .251
Blanke, M C         4  0  1  0  .247  Griffin, J 1B       3  1  2  0  .274
 Hughes, C PR       0  0  0  0  .106  McGuiggan, J SS     3  1  1  0  .250
Wessinger, M SS     3  0  1  0  .203       
 Lyons, D PH        1  0  0  0  .285       
                   34  1  9  1                           29  3  6  3

L Island             0 0 0   0 1 0   0 0 0 -  1  9  0
N Britain            0 1 2   0 0 0   0 0 x -  3  6  0
2B--Puckett, C 3B (16), Colvin, T 1B (10). 3B--Wessinger, M SS (1).
HR--Garner, C RF (6). RBI--Colvin, T 1B (23), TOTALS (0), Golson, G LF  2
(31), Garner, C RF (19), TOTALS  3 (0). HP--Garner, C RF (2). SB--Cleary
Jr., D CF 2 (28). CS--Lentini, F RF (5), Cleary Jr., D CF (9). 
LOB--L Island 8, N Britain 3. DP--R. Gotay(2B) - M. Wessinger(SS) - T.
Colvin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Blevins, B (L,2-10)             8.0   6   3   3   0   3   1    5.67
                                8     6   3   3   0   3   1
 N Britain
Simon, K                        3.0   1   0   0   0   4   0    2.87
Vance, K (W,4-2)                3.0   5   1   1   0   5   0    4.68
Fornataro, E                    2.0   2   0   0   1   2   0    3.64
Gilblair, S (S,17)              1.0   1   0   0   1   1   0    2.23
                                9     9   1   1   2  12   0
HB--Blevins, B (8). SO--Vega, A 4, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L 3, Puckett, C,
Gotay, R, Colvin, T, Lyons, D, Skelton, J, Maddox, C 2. BB--Cleary Jr., D,
Colvin, T. BF--Blevins, B 30 (502), Simon, K 10 (405), Vance, K 13 (92),
Fornataro, E 8 (156), Gilblair, S 5 (181). P-S--Blevins, B 99-76, Simon, K
32-24, Vance, K 57-39, Fornataro, E 29-23, Gilblair, S 21-14. 
T--2:25.  A--4678


Plate Umpire - Don LaValley, Field Umpire #1 - Don Gollar, Field Umpire #2 - Carl Best