Game 41: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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The Long Island Ducks entered last night’s ballgame against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs perfect through the first seven games of the season series. Long Island had won 10 straight games over Southern Maryland, dating back to the 2013 Liberty Division Championship Series. That ended last night on a game-winning single from Johermyn Chavez in the bottom of the 11th inning. Chavez’s first hit of the game, and first in the Atlantic League this year, proved to be the big hit the Blue Crabs had been looking for as of late.

Last night’s game featured strong starting pitching from both sides. Ducks starter John Brownell worked seven strong innings, allowing two runs over seven hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Blue Crabs starter Ian Marshall was even better, allowing just one unearned run over seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Southern Maryland grabbed an early lead in the first on a sacrifice fly from Dave Sappelt, and held the lead until the seventh inning. Fehlandt Lentini evened the scoring with a double off Marshall, scoring Keith Castillo from second base. Dan Lyons tried to score from first, but was thrown out at home to keep the game even at one. After the Blue Crabs regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Angel Sanchez, the Ducks once again tied the game in the eighth – this time on an RBI single from Randy Ruiz. The game remained knotted at two until Chavez’s game winner in the 11th inning.

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

Today, the Ducks and the Blue Crabs will play two seven-inning games as a part of a single-admission doubleheader. Bobby Blevins starts game one for Long Island against Southern Maryland’s Brian Burres. In game two, the Ducks will have Casey Barnes square off against Blue Crabs starter Wade Korpi.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Blue Crabs: Today marks the ninth and tenth meetings of the season between the Ducks and Blue Crabs and the fifth and six of 10 games between the two in Southern Maryland. Long Island currently leads the season series 7-1. Long Island and Southern Maryland have played 125 games against each other all-time, with the Blue Crabs holding a 68-57 series lead and a 35-23 advantage at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Puckett’s Streak Ends: Cody Puckett had his 29-game on-base streak end Saturday night after an 0-5 performance against the Blue Crabs. It was the longest on-base streak in the Atlantic League this year – four more than teammate Lew Ford’s 25-game streak from May 3 to 30.

Starting Things Right: Ducks starting pitchers have excelled over the last six games. In the past six games, Ducks starters are 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA, 38 hits, 11 walks and 41 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Fords Fury: With two hits on Saturday, Ford picked up his team-leading 19th multi-hit game of the season, three more than Cody Puckett. The former big leaguer is 13-25 in his last six games with one home run, six runs scored and seven RBI. Ford currently leads the league in batting average (.392), RBI (41) and hits (62), while tied for third in the league in home runs (7).

Silencing the Crabs: Long Island is 7-1 against the Blue Crabs, including 3-1 at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Flock have outscored the Southern Maryland by an aggregate of 48-19 in their eight games, the largest aggregate differential for the Ducks against any other Atlantic League team this year. Long Island saw a streak of 10 consecutive wins against Southern Maryland end last night.

On the Air: Live audio of game one today 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. Live audio for game two can be heard on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. Marc Schwartz will call the play-by-play.

Finally, here are game one’s starting lineups:

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

#18  Bobby Blevins – RHP

Blue Crabs
#7   Jonny Kaplan – LF
#19 Angel Sanchez – SS
#44 C.J. Ziegler – 1B
#2   Jake Opitz – 3B
#4   Dave Sappelt – CF
#38 Luke Murton – DH
#1   Amadeo Zazueta – 2B
#13  Juan Medina – C
#20 Jermaine Mitchell – RF

#12 Brian Burres – LHP

Be sure to follow the blog all day long as the Ducks look to regain the series advantage over the Blue Crabs.

UPDATE (1:42): Southern Maryland grabs a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double from Luke Murton.

UPDATE (2:18): The Blue Crabs still lead 1-0 over the Ducks as we advance to the fifth inning in game one of today’s doubleheader.

UPDATE (2:38): TIE GAME!! Ducks tie it up at one in the fifth inning on a fielding error from 3rd baseman Jake Optiz!

UPDATE (3:00): Still tied at one as we head to the top of the seventh inning in game one of today’s doubleheader!

UPDATE (3:23): Extra baseball again here in Southern Maryland! All tied at one, heading to the eighth inning in game of of today’s doubleheader!

UPDATE (4:02): Eric Niesen works a scoreless ninth inning for the Ducks, and we move on to the 10th, still tied at one!

UPDATE (4:35): Well, 11 innings not enough for game one in Southern Maryland, so we head to the 12th, tied at one!! More baseball, more fun!!

UPDATE (4:48): A two-run double from Adam Bailey in the top of the 12th inning gives the Ducks a 3-1 lead! Jon Meloan on for the save!

UPDATE (5:04): DUCKS WIN IT!!! Southern Maryland scores one run in the 12th but Jon Meloan closes the door and the Ducks take game one 3-2!

UPDATE (5:46): We are underway in game two of today’s doubleheader! Through the first inning, no score between the Ducks and the Blue Crabs.

UPDATE (6:17): Jon Myers throws out Johermyn Chavez at home to end the third inning, keeping the game scoreless!

UPDATE (6:50): Casey Barnes has held the Blue Crabs off the board through the first five innings here. Still scoreless, heading to the top of the 6th

UPDATE (7:08): Southern Maryland grabs a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab a 2-0 lead. Last chance for the Ducks in the top of the seventh..

UPDATE (7:17): Blue Crabs win game two 2-0 to earn a split of the doubleheader. Recap to follow shortly.


Posted on June 8, 2014, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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