Long Island’s four-run second inning not enough in middle game of series
(Central Islip, N.Y., June 26, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 11-4 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Long Island batted around in the second inning, plating four runs against Bees starter Rainy Lara. RBI singles by David Washington and Steve Lombardozzi, along with a two-run ground-rule double by Rey Fuentes, highlighted the inning. New Britain rallied to tie the game with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth off Ducks starter Joe Iorio. Bijan Rademacher’s run-scoring groundout and Darren Ford’s three-run home run to left-center did the damage.
The Bees took a 9-4 lead with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Logan Moore’s grand slam to right-center and Alejandro De Aza’s RBI double to left. A two-run eighth for New Britain on RBI singles by Jason Rogers and Jonathan Galvez rounded out the scoring.
Iorio did not factor into the decision but lasted five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Lara (5-4) earned the win, tossing seven innings of four-run ball, yielding eight hits while striking out four. Mazzaro (2-4) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Fuentes led the Flock with two doubles, two RBIs and a run, while L.J. Mazzilli and Ezequiel Carrera each added two hits.
The Ducks and Bees wrap up their three-game set on Thursday 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). The Kids Health and Safety Expo returns to the ballpark, presented by Stony Brook Children's Hospital, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Beach Towels. It's also Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark! Fans will be able to enjoy drink specials, including half-price Bud and Bud Lights, in the brand new Adult Zone, located down the left field line. Finally, Ducks staff members will be handing out free delicious and nutritious protein bars, courtesy of RXBAR, as fans exit the ballpark (while supplies last). Right-hander Kevin McAvoy (0-0, 6.43) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Bees lefty Giovanni Soto (2-1, 3.33).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game 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.
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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