CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A mainstay in the bullpen throughout much of the season, Nate Roe found out what it was like Sunday afternoon for a New Britain Bees starter to watch the lead slip away from the dugout.
After exiting the game with his team up two runs, Roe saw it quickly evaporate as the Long Island Ducks, spurred on by a four-run sixth inning, beat the Bees 8-7.
Roe pitched four innings in his second start of the season, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out four and walking none.
When he was pulled from the game, New Britain led Long Island 5-3 and upped it to 7-3 on Jon Griffin’s two-run home run in the top of the sixth.
That turned out to be the high point for the Bees. Brandon Fry entered the game in the bottom of the frame and was charged with three runs without recording an out.
Fry faced three batters, giving up two walks and a single and was replaced by Casey Coleman. But Coleman gave up a sacrifice fly in the first batter he faced to Elmer Reyes. A double by Alex Burg on the next pitch drove in two more runs before an error by Michael Baca brought home the fourth run of the inning, tying the score at 7-7.
The Ducks struck again in the bottom of the eighth when Burg led off the inning with a solo homer off Brandon League (2-3) to deliver the game-winning run.
The early innings saw the two teams go back and forth. New Britain started out strong after Craig Maddox hit his fourth home run in three days with a two-run shot in the top of the first.
But Long Island responded with a three-run second inning after Angelo Songco started the frame with a solo home run and former Bee Jordan Hinshaw drove in two with a double to left field.
Jamar Walton tied the game at 3-3 in the third on a single and subsequent error by the Ducks’ Marc Krauss, while Yusuke Kajimoto’s single and another Long Island error gave New Britain a 4-3 lead. Conor Bierfeldt made it 5-3 on his sacrifice fly.
The Bees will try to split their four-game series with the Ducks this afternoon.
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