Game 40: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md. has been kind this season to the Long Island Ducks. After taking the first two game in late April over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in Waldorf, the Ducks continued their success last night with an 11-6 victory. The win improved Long Island to 22-17, matching its high water mark of the year (five games above .500). In addition, last night’s win, paired with Somerset’s loss to Bridgeport, has the Flock just two games out of first place in the Liberty Division.

Offense highlighted the Ducks’ series opener against the Blue Crabs last night. Both teams combined for 23 hits, but a six-run third inning for Long Island provided a hill too steep for the Blue Crabs to climb over. Cody Puckett initiated the scoring with a bases-loaded, two-run single in a third inning eventually capped by a Joash Brodin three-run home run. Southern Maryland plated a run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but two runs from the Ducks in both the fourth and fifth innings kept Long Island in front. The Blue Crabs were as close as four runs after a three-run seventh last night, but were never able to complete the comeback.

Five different Ducks had two hits in the ballgame, with seven different players recording at least one hit. Every Duck player in the lineup reached base at least once. Brodin led the way going two-for-five with a home run and four RBI. Fehlandt Lentini went two-for-three from the plate with three runs scored, three RBI and his first home run of the year. Lew Ford, Puckett and Adam Bailey each contributed with a pair of hits to support Ducks starter Jared Lansford for his second win of the year.

CLICK HERE to read yesterday’s recap and listen to the audio highlights.

Tonight, Long Island will look to make it 11 straight wins over Southern Maryland, dating back to the 2013 Liberty Division Championship Series. John Brownell takes the hill for the Ducks, sporting a 4-3 record, 4.32 ERA, 17 walks and 43 strikeouts in eight starts this year. The last time Brownell faced Southern Maryland was in game one of the 2013 LDCS – a game in which the righty tossed nine innings, allowing two runs while striking out 12. His counterpart tonight is Blue Crabs starter Ian Marshall. Marshall is 2-4 this year with a 4.86 ERA in seven starts. In two starts this year against Long Island, Marshall is 0-2 and has allowed 13 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits in six and two-thirds innings of work.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Blue Crabs: Tonight marks the eighth meeting of the season between the Ducks and Blue Crabs and the fourth of 10 games between the two in Southern Maryland. Long Island currently leads the season series seven games to none. Long Island and Southern Maryland have played 124 games against each other all-time, with the Blue Crabs holding a 67-57 series lead and a 34-23 advantage at Regency Furniture Stadium.

On-Base Machine: Cody Puckett has now reached base in 29 consecutive games after collecting a pair of hits Friday night. That is the longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this season, four more than teammate Lew Ford’s 25-game streak from May 3 to 30. The second baseman has at least one hit in 24 of the 29 games during the streak. Joash Brodin saw his 25-game on-base streak end Thursday night against the Barnstormers.

Starting Things Right: Ducks starting pitchers excelled throughout the four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers earlier this week, and continued last night against Southern Maryland. John Brownell and Shaun Garceau both tossed complete games – the third and fourth of the year for Long Island, respectively – while Bobby Blevins tossed a quality start Tuesday and Fernando Hernandez contributed six strong innings Thursday. Jared Lansford tossed six quality innings last night, allowing three runs (two earned). In the past five games, Ducks starters are 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA, 31 hits, eight walks and 36 strikeouts in 37 innings.

Fords Fury: With two hits on Friday, Ford picked up his team-leading 18th multi-hit game of the season, two more than Cody Puckett. The former big leaguer is 11-20 in his last five games with one home run, five runs scored and seven RBI. Ford currently leads the league in batting average (.392), RBI (41) and hits (58), while tied for third in the league in home runs (7).

Silencing the Crabs: Long Island is 7-0 against the Blue Crabs, including 3-0 at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Flock have outscored the Southern Maryland by an aggregate of 46-16 in their six games, the largest aggregate differential for the Ducks against any other Atlantic League team this year. Long Island has won its last 10 games against Southern Maryland, dating back to last year’s Liberty Division Championship Series.

On the Air: Live audio of tonight’s broadcast will be available on Long Island’s home for news, traffic, and weather, 103.9 FM LI News Radio. The game can also be heard online by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups for the second game of the five-game series:

#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#2   Cody Puckett – 2B
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#22 Joash Brodin – 1B
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#13 Adam Bailey – LF
#30 Sergio Miranda – 3B
#27 Keith Castillo – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

Blue Crabs
#7   Jonny Kaplan – LF
#19 Angel Sanchez – SS
#44 C.J. Ziegler – 1B
#2   Jake Opitz – 3B
#4   Dave Sappelt – CF
#1   Amadeo Zazueta – 2B
#17 Tony Delmonico – DH
#13  Johermyn Chavez – RF
#10 Allan de San Miguel – C

#21 Ian Marshall – RHP

Be sure to follow the blog all night long as the Ducks look to make it 11 straight wins against the Blue Crabs.

UPDATE (7:01): Blue Crabs grab an early 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly from Dave Sappelt. Brownell strands two to get out of the inning.

UPDATE (7:44): Through four innings in Southern Maryland, the Blue Crabs still lead 1-0.

UPDATE (8:32): TIE GAME! Fehlandt Lentini with an RBI double in the top of the seventh to even up the ballgame at one!

UPDATE (8:45): Southern Maryland regains the lead in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Angel Sanchez. 2-1 Blue Crabs heading to the eighth.

UPDATE (9:07): Randy Ruiz with an RBI single in the top of the eighth to tie up the ballgame once again at two!!

UPDATE (9:20): Extra baseball in Waldorf! We are all tied up at two, heading to the 10th inning!

UPDATE (9:50): Southern Maryland wins it in the 11th 3-2 on a single from Johermyn Chavez. Recap to follow shortly.


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