Game 119: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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The Ducks still find themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the Liberty Division. The team’s 5-2 loss on Friday, combined with losses by Bridgeport and Somerset, keeps the three teams in the same position as the night before. Long Island could not pick up timely hits in the second game of a four-game series in Southern Maryland, as the Blue Crabs defeated the Flock for the first time since April, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Ducks.

The Blue Crabs went in front early on Bryant Nelson’s RBI single in the first inning. John Brownell was on the hill for the Ducks and struggled, allowing double digits in hits to the last-place Blue Crabs. Both teams went scoreless until the fourth when Keith Castillo’s RBI single would make it 2-0 in favor of the Blue Crabs. Long Island would post their first run in the sixth. After Delta Cleary, Jr. reached on a throwing error from Southern Maryland starter Tim Sexton, he would steal third base for his 30th swipe of the year. Dan Lyons would plate him with a sacrifice fly to right field. Still in front, the Crabs would score three more runs in the bottom of the inning and not look back. Castillo’s infield RBI single and a two-run single into center from Fred Lewis put the Blue Crabs up 5-1. Lewis’ hit came on the first pitch thrown by reliever Donnie Veal, but the runs were charged to Brownell, who was pulled with two outs in the inning. Long Island went quietly against reliever Orlando Santos once Sexton was pulled going into the seventh. Anthony Vega did hit a RBI triple in the ninth inning, but the Ducks were unable to close the three-run gap.

Santos threw three innings of relief in place of Sexton to earn his first save of the year. Sexton also picked up his first win to move to 1-0. His only other start this year coming into the night was against the Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark where he took a no decision. Brownell fell to 10-4 with the loss, allowing all five runs on 11 hits in five and two-thirds innings. He walked one and struck out six. Sean Burroughs has yet another multi-hit game, going 3-4 with three singles. Randy Ruiz also had a pair for the Flock. Vega is now in second place in the Atlantic League in triples as well, with nine on the year between Long Island and Southern Maryland.

CLICK HERE to listen to highlights from Friday night’s contest

CLICK HERE to view Friday’s box score

The Ducks look to rebound with Bobby Blevins on the hill on Saturday night in Waldorf. Blevins enters the game at 2-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 2015. Through 11 games (10 starts), the righty has given up 37 runs (30 earned) on 73 hits in 61 and two-thirds innings while walking only seven batters and striking out 50. Blevins last started on August 24 in Bridgeport when the Ducks lost 7-3. The starter gave up seven runs but only two were earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out six in seven innings of work.

Southern Maryland tries to take game three by sending Shaun Garceau to the mound. The former Duck enters the game at 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 games (nine starts). He has one complete game on the season. In 59 and one-third innings, the right-hander has given up 22 runs (18 earned) on 58 hits. He has walked 20 and struck out 44. Prior to last night, the Blue Crabs last defeated Long Island on April 30 in Southern Maryland before losing nine straight to the Ducks. Garceau was the victor in that April contest, allowing three runs on nine hits in eight innings of work. He walked one and struck out four.

Here are tonight’s game notes:

Ducks vs. Blue Crabs: Tonight marks the 152nd all-time meeting between the Ducks and Blue Crabs. Southern Maryland currently leads the series 78-73 and has a 40-30 advantage at Regency Furniture Stadium. Tonight is also the 15th of 20 scheduled games between the two teams in 2015. The Ducks lead the series 11 to three and have won nine of the last 10 games. They have outscored the Blue Crabs 71-53 this season.

I Can See Cleary Now: Delta Cleary, Jr. connected for a single on Friday and has now hit safely in 13 consecutive games. During the streak, the outfielder is batting .436 (24-for-55) with one double, one triple, two RBI and 11 runs scored. He also stole his team-leading 30th base of the season when he swiped third in the sixth inning. Cleary, Jr. ranks third in the league in stolen bases this year behind Welington Dotel (36) and Bryan Sabatella (31).

Sean’s Sizzling: Sean Burroughs picked up three more hits on Friday and has now hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, with multiple hits in 11 of them. Since joining the Ducks, he is batting .410 (32-for-78) with three doubles, one homer, 16 RBI and eight runs scored. Burroughs has at least one hit in eight straight games and now has three three-hit games with the Flock.

Randy’s Dandy: Randy Ruiz collected two more hits on Friday. He now has two multi-hit games in three games played since returning from his hamstring injury. In 46 games this year, the former big leaguer has 18 two-hit games and 21 multi-hit contests. Last season, he had 10 two-hit games and 13 multi-hit contests in 45 games played with the Ducks.

I’ll Have the Veal: Donnie Veal threw one and one-third innings of relief on Friday without allowing a run. The left-hander has now made 11 consecutive appearances without yielding an earned run. During that stretch, the former big leaguer has given up two unearned runs in nine and two-thirds innings on five hits and four walks while striking out 12 batters. In 19 games with the Ducks, Veal has given up just four runs (two earned) in 17 and two-thirds innings (1.01 ERA).

Productive Outs: Dan Lyons earned a run batted in on Friday with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. It was the shortstop’s ninth sac fly of the year, which leads the Ducks. As a team, Long Island has totaled 38 sacrifice flies in 2015. That total is the second-most in the Atlantic League, trailing only the Blue Crabs, who have 40 sac flies.

On the Air: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Live streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. Chris Buckley will call the play-by-play. Fans can also follow a pitch-by-pitch account of the game via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by CLICKING HERE.

Finally, here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Ducks

#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#50 Randy Ruiz – DH
#9 Mike Blanke – C
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#40 Steve McQuail – 1B
#6 Carlos Hughes – 2B

#18 Bobby Blevins – RHP

Blue Crabs

#4 Casey Frawley – SS
#1 Fred Lewis – RF
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#8 Craig Maddox – DH
#14 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#24 Casey Stevenson – 2B
#6 Jamar Walton – LF
#18 Keith Castillo – C
#3 Antone DeJesus – CF

#10 Shaun Garceau – RHP

Check back here for updates all game long as the Ducks and Blue Crabs continue their four-game series from Regency Furniture Stadium! You can also follow the Ducks on Twitter (@LIDucks) for updates all year long!

UPDATE (6:42): MID 1: Scoreless top of the first in Southern Maryland. Bobby Blevins on the hill for the Flock!

UPDATE (7:29): TOP 3: Two out rally! Ducks put up four runs, all with two outs, and lead 4-0! Ruiz with a two-run single in the inning.

UPDATE (8:16): TOP 5: Another four-run inning for the Ducks! 8-0 LI! Eight of nine Ducks starters have scored a run.

UPDATE (9:10): MID 8: Ducks still up big, 8-0! Bobby Blevins ready to work the bottom of the eighth!

UPDATE (9:23): BOT 8: Three-run homer for Craig Maddox makes it 8-3 Ducks.

UPDATE (9:35): TOP 9: Two-run double for Fehlandt Lentini! 10-3 LI! Three RBI tonight for Lentini.

UPDATE (9:50): FINAL: Ducks win it 10-4! Donnie Veal completes the win in the ninth.

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Posted on August 29, 2015, in Game Previews, Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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