Game 103: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Despite a tough start to the series, the Ducks salvaged a four-game split with the Camden Riversharks thanks to their 11-2 blowout victory on Wednesday night. Long Island’s offense erupted, breaking out for 13 hits. Darin Downs fired his second straight quality start, helping the Ducks pick up their 61st win of the season. The Flock remain four games back in third place in the Liberty Division, with the Bridgeport Bluefish and Somerset Patriots tied for the division lead.

Wednesday night’s contest was all about the Ducks’ offense from the start. In the first inning, Dan Lyons began his big night with a sacrifice fly to give Long Island the 1-0 lead against starter Sean Gleason. The lead was pushed to 4-0 in the third, highlighted by Lyons’ two-run single to center. He now has 55 RBI in 2015. Anthony Vega also worked a walk with the bases loaded to earn a RBI. However, the Ducks were just getting started. In the fourth, Camden got on the board with one run, but Long Island put up six more runs to go ahead 10-1. The team batted around their lineup, as Delta Cleary, Jr., Sean Burroughs, and Carlos Hughes each had RBI singles. Steve McQuail added a two-run blooper as well, and a RBI fielder’s choice for Mike Blanke rounded out the big frame. After the fourth, both offenses stayed quiet. Darin Downs finished his start after six innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking five and striking out six. Frank DeJiulio, Jr. threw a perfect seventh before Patrick Crider allowed one run in the eighth on a Joel Guzman RBI single. The Ducks even got that run back in the bottom of the frame on Blanke’s RBI single. Billy Buckner completed the win for the Ducks in the ninth.

Every Duck contributed to the 11-run output, as each starter had at least one hit besides Vega, who picked up a RBI with his walk. Fehlandt Lentini and Hughes each finished with three hits, while Lentini crossed home three times. Hughes scored twice and drove in his first run with the Ducks. Lyons also finished with three runs scored and is now just one RBI short of tying a career-high for one season.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from the offensive showcase

CLICK HERE to watch postgame interviews with Fehlandt Lentini, Carlos Hughes, and Darin Downs

CLICK HERE to view Wednesday’s box score

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs now visit Central Islip to begin a four-game set with the Ducks. In the opener, it will be John Brownell on the hill for Long Island. Brownell is 8-3 and has thrown a team-high 122 and two-thirds innings in 18 starts, allowing 47 runs (42 earned) on 102 hits. The righty has walked 30 and struck out 99, while opponents are hitting .222 against him. The ace’s last start came on August 7, a 2-1 Ducks win in Sugar Land. Brownell fired seven innings and allowed one run on three hits.

Southern Maryland opens the series with Brian Baker. The 32-year-old is 5-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 2015 with 19 starts. Like Brownell, Baker has eclipsed the century mark in innings, throwing 100 and one-third so far this season. He has allowed 62 runs (57 earned) on 117 hits while walking 38 and striking out 61. The righty’s last outing came on August 8 in York, a 15-2 Revs win. Baker was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits in five innings.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Blue Crabs: Tonight marks the 146th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Blue Crabs. Southern Maryland currently leads the series 77-68, but the Ducks have a 39-38 advantage at Bethpage Ballpark. Tonight is also the ninth of 20 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. The Ducks currently lead the series six games to two and have won four in a row, all at home.

That’s What I Call High Quality Pitching: Darin Downs pitched his second consecutive quality start with six innings of one-run ball on Wednesday. In his last two starts, the former big leaguer has allowed just three runs in 12 innings (2.25 ERA) on eight hits and seven walks while striking out 10 batters. Downs has allowed two runs or less in four of his six starts with the Flock.

Dan’s the Man: Dan Lyons reached base three times in Wednesday’s game. He has now reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 games dating back to July 23 and is batting .353 (24-for-68) in that span. He also drove in three runs for the seventh time this year, the most among any Ducks player in 2015. In addition, Lyons scored three runs in a game for the first time this season.

Three’s Company: Fehlandt Lentini earned his third three-hit game of the year and second of the homestand on Wednesday. He also collected three hits on Monday. The outfielder now has six multi-hit contests in 15 games since joining the Flock in 2015. Lentini also scored three runs for the fourth time in a Ducks uniform, three of which came in 2014. Carlos Hughes earned his second multi-hit game with the Ducks and first three-hit contest. His first multi-hit game came on August 6 at Sugar Land when he totaled two hits. Hughes picked up his first RBI with the Ducks as well on an infield single in the fourth. inning

Cody’s Crushing It: Cody Puckett singled on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to nine consecutive games. During the streak, the infielder is batting .289 (11-for-38) with two doubles, one homer, five RBI and four runs scored. Dating back to July 23, Puckett has earned hits in 17 of his last 19 games.

Oh, What a Relief They Are: Frank DeJiulio, Jr. tossed a scoreless seventh inning on Wednesday. The righty has now made 13 straight appearances without allowing an earned run, dating back to June 10. In that span, he’s given up just eight hits and two walks while striking out 14. Billy Buckner pitched a scoreless ninth inning and has now allowed just one run in three relief outings as a Duck. In them, the righty has yielded just four hits and three walks while striking out 11.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Ducks

#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#25 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#9 Mike Blanke – DH
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#40 Steve McQuail – 1B
#39 Nelfi Zapata – C

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Blue Crabs

#1 Fred Lewis – RF
#24 Casey Stevenson – 3B
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#36 Jovan Rosa – LF
#23 Gustavo Molina – C
#8 Craig Maddox – DH
#4 Casey Frawley – SS
#3 Antone DeJesus – CF
#7 Grant Zawadzki – 2B

#30 Brian Baker – RHP

Keep it here for updates throughout the evening, as the Ducks open up their four-game series with the Blue Crabs! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:40): TOP 1: John Brownell fires his first pitch and we are underway from the Duck Pond!

UPDATE (6:55): BOT 1: Dan Lyons ties a career high for RBI in one season on a ground rule double, Sean Burroughs follows up with a RBI single! 2-0 Ducks!

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 4: Anthony Vega with a two-run homer to right field! 4-0 Flock!

UPDATE (8:54): TOP 9: Craig Maddox’s RBI double off of John Brownell makes it 4-1 Ducks. Brownell done with two outs in the final inning, Amalio Diaz in.

UPDATE (9:28): FINAL: Ducks win the opener 4-1! John Brownell is masterful and gets his ninth win!

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Posted on August 13, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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