Back-to-back home runs not enough as Ducks fall to Bees
(Central Islip, N.Y., July 21, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 6-3 on Tuesday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Bees struck first, plating two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to an RBI triple from Zach Collier and an RBI groundout by Bijan Rademacher. The Ducks responded in the home half of the second when David Washington and D’Arby Myers hit back-to-back solo home runs, tying the game at two.
Rademacher reclaimed the lead for New Britain with a one-out RBI single in the third. The Bees tacked on two more runs in the sixth after both Jason Rogers and Jared James came around to score on errors, extending the advantage to 5-2.
The Ducks closed the gap to 5-3 after Myers hit a run-scoring infield single in the seventh. However, New Britain got the run back in the top of the ninth when Rademacher launched a one-out solo home run to right, rounding out the scoring.
Cory Riordan (4-4) picked up the win for New Britain, lasting five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one batter. Seth Simmons (5-6) was tagged with the loss for Long Island, yielding five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six and one-third innings. Jose Rosario earned his fifth save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Myers and Washington led the Flock offensively, each with a solo home run. Myers finished the night 2-4 with two RBIs.
The Ducks and Bees will continue their four-game set with a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 11:05 a.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 10:05 (9:50 for full season ticket holders). Game time for the nightcap is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Game one will be a seven-inning game, while game two will be a nine-inning contest. Following the nightcap, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, which will light the sky over the center field wall, presented by Long Island Community Hospital. It's also a Weekend Wednesday at the ballpark! All fans will be invited to enjoy the normally-exclusive Duck Club restaurant and bar on the club level behind home plate. The Duck Club will feature half-price wings and half-price domestic Bud Lights throughout the game. In addition, those visiting the concession stands on the main concourse will be able to take advantage of both food and drink specials.
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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