Quality Start For Burke, Moore Goes Deep Again
(New Britain, CT – July 30, 2019) – The New Britain Bees (7-10, 42-44) defeated the Long Island Ducks (8-9, 51-36) 3-2 in walk-off fashion in the bottom half of the ninth inning at New Britain Stadium on Tuesday evening to take the opener of a three-game midweek series between cross-sound rivals.
New Britain starting pitcher Devin Burke registered a no-decision in the ballgame after allowing just two runs on six hits across seven innings of work, striking out five while tossing a wild pitch as the right-hander tallied his third quality start of the campaign. Long Island starting pitcher Pedro Beato also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, surrendering two runs on seven hits (one home run) in six innings on the mound, walking one and striking out seven.
Long Island jumped out in front 1-0 versus Burke in the top of the fifth by way of a sacrifice fly produced by Vladimir Frias that plated John Apostolo after he singled with one man down. New Britain responded just a half inning later as Logan Moore launched an absolute bomb of a game-tying solo home run to right centerfield off Beato, his eighth four-bagger of the season and fifth since the All-Star Break. The Bees took a 2-1 lead in the last of the sixth courtesy of a run-scoring single from Jonathan Galvez that allowed Jason Rogers to cross the plate after he began the rally by crushing a leadoff triple up the middle of the wall in straightaway centerfield. Earlier in the matchup Rogers also laced a double which extended his on-base streak to a team-high 29 consecutive games overall. The Flock knotted the contest at two in the top of the seventh again by way of a sacrifice fly, this time off the bat of Apostolo as L.J. Mazzilli was able to score after opening up the frame with a base hit. Winning pitcher Tyler Danish (4-2) retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth, striking out one and the table was set for the boys of the Hardware City. With one out, Darren Ford drew a free pass issued by losing pitcher Rob Rogers (2-2). New Britain skipper Goose Gozzo aggressively put on a hit and run with Zach Collier at the plate, who proceeded to ground out to T.J. Rivera, but his only play was at first erasing Collier, moving Ford into scoring position with the winning run. The next batter was Bijan Rademacher, and with Ford in motion heading to third, Rademacher laced a clean single just eluding the reach of first baseman Clint Freeman, and the celebration was on as Ford crossed the plate with the winning run while Rademacher was mobbed by his teammates as New Britain collected their sixth walk-off victory in 2019 and first in the Second Half of the 2019 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Regular Season Schedule. Rogers led the way with three hits on the night. Photo provided courtesy of Meaghan O’Donoghue.
The Bees continue their series with the 2019 First Half Liberty Division Champion Long Island Ducks at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday, July 31st. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 P.M. It’s our second Camp Day Game of the season! Come enjoy some matinee baseball with the Bees! CLICK HERE for tickets.
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