CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - The New Britain Bees picked up a key win in the Liberty Division race with a 7-2 victory on the road over the Long Island Ducks in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday.
Long Island actually outhit New Britain 11-6, but with the help of two Ducks errors and 12 walks issued by the Long Island pitching staff, the Bees made their hits count.
A three-run second inning for the Bees included walks to Jonathan Galvez, Ryan Wagner and Vicente Conde to load the bases with two outs, before Darren Ford drew the fourth walk of the inning to force in a run and Brock Stassi hit a two-run single.
A bases-loaded walk to Conde in the third inning forced in another run after Jason Rogers singled, Galvez reached on an error and Ozney Guillen walked.
That was it for Ducks starter Lee Sosa (2 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 7 walks, 5 strikeouts), but reliever Carlos Pimentel (1 inning, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts) fared no better.
New Britain picked up three more runs against Pimentel in the fourth inning, on a double by Stassi, a walk to Deibinson Romero, an RBI single from Jamar Walton, a single by Galvez to load the bases, a walk to Wagner that forced in a run and a walk to Conde that forced in another run.
New Britain starting and winning pitcher Andy Van Hekken allowed 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings, but gave up just two runs: a leadoff home run to Emilio Bonifacio in the third inning and a two-out RBI double from Daniel Fields in the same inning after a pair of base hits set the stage.
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