Games 21 and 22: Ducks vs Blue Crabs

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 1:05 p.m. and 6: 35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (12-8) of the Liberty Division play a day/night double-header as part of a four-game set against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (6-15) of the Freedom Division.

FRIDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks defeated the Blue Crabs 7-5 despite a challenging rally by Southern Maryland in the later innings.

The Ducks scored early in this one, as they were able to bring in five runs in the first two innings. After Fehlandt Lentini’s leadoff walk to start the bottom of the first for the Ducks, Dan Lyons hit an RBI triple off of Blue Crabs starter Scott Snodgress to score him. Lyons himself would score on the next at-bat, an RBI groundout from Lew Ford. In the second, Lentini came up again and hit an RBI single to score Anthony Vega. Lyons came back up a hit a booming fly ball that was misplayed by left fielder to score Lentini and Matt Wessinger.

John Brownell was triumphant in his return to the mound for the Ducks, not allowing a hit until the sixth inning, when Gary Brown hit a double to left field. Brownell got into trouble in the seventh though, as four runs came across in the inning, with three of them (two earned) charged to the Ducks righty. The Blue Crabs would not get much more though, as Todd Coffey would come in to pitch the ninth inning. Three outs later, the game was over.

ON THE MOUND: Bruce Kern will go for the Ducks in game one of the double header. Kern has been good this season, mostly pitching out of the bullpen. He is fresh off his first start of the season, in which he pitched three innings for the Flock. The Yaphank native has been solid out of the bullpen, making three appearances, all scoreless, giving up one hit, two walks, and striking out three.

Kern goes up against Shaun Garceau for Southern Maryland. In four games (three starts), Garceau has on win and one loss, a 4.32 ERA, four walks, and 11 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched. He got his first win of the season against the York Revolution on May 8.

The night game will feature Darin Downs for the Ducks. In four starts, Downs has a 3.48 ERA with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts. Against the Lancaster Barnstormers on May 3, Downs pitched six innings of one-run (unearned) ball. He got his first win of the season against the Bridgeport Bluefish on May 8.

Downs will face Blue Crabs right-hander Tim Sexton, who has been sharp in his last three appearances, including a start against the Revolution on May 7. He pitched four and one-third innings, giving up one run on four hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.

FOLLOW ALONG: The first game will be broadcast on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Fans can follow the broadcast with live streaming audio online by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

Tonight’s contest will be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Fans can follow the broadcast with streaming video and audio online as well by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

Ducks
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#25 Sean Burroughs – 3B
#2 Cody Puckett– 2B
#6 Blake Tekotte – CF
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#30 Bruce Kern RHP

Blue Crabs
#9 Gary Brown – CF
#4 D’Arby Myers – RF
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#6 Jamar Walton – LF
#13 Kuan-Jen Chen – DH
#7 Jon Dziomba – 2B
#24 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#17 Angel Flores – C
#10 Eric Garcia – SS

#28 Shaun Garceau

UPDATE (1:24): TOP 1: Blue Crabs jump in front with four unearned runs. Ducks coming to bat!

UPDATE (1:30): BOT 1: Ducks get one back as Dan Lyons homers! Blue Crabs lead it 4-1.

UPDATE (2:03): BOT 3: Lew Ford launches a three-run home run to tie the game at 4!

UPDATE (2:22): BOT 4: Vega brings in Tekotte with a single into the right-center field gap! Ducks lead it 5-4!

UPDATE (2:33): TOP 5: Jamar Walton ties the game at five with a solo home run to left.

UPDATE (2:49): BOT 5: Cody Puckett launches a two-run blast, and Sean Burroughs brings in a run on a double play ball! 8-5 Long Island!

UPDATE (3:13): BOT 6: Lentini hits his first home run of the season, and the Ducks lead it 9-5!

UPDATE (3:13): FINAL: Ducks win 9-5! It’s their 13th in of the season, and second in a row!

Ducks

#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#20 Lew Ford – CF
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#6 Blake Tekotte – DH
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B

#23 Darin Downs LHP

Blue Crabs

#8 Steve Lombardozzi – SS
#9 Gary Brown – 2B
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#23 Gustavo Molina – C
#6 Jamar Walton – RF
#1 Fred Lewis – LF
#24 Bryant Nelson – DH
#7 John Dziomba – 3B
#4 D’Arby Myers – CF

#18 Tim Sexton RHP

UPDATE: TOP 1: Vega guns down Wilson trying to take second! Side retired!

UPDATE: BOT 2: Ducks score two more as Blake Tekotte hits a leadoff home run! Dowd singled and later scored! Ducks lead 3-0!

UPDATE: TOP 3: Lentini makes a great play to end the inning!

UPDATE: TOP 4: Blue Crabs get on the board with a solo home run by Zach Wilson. Ducks still lead it 3-1!

UPDATE: BOT 4: Anthony Vega hits a long three run homer to right! Ducks lead it 6-1!

UPDATE: BOT 6: Matt Wessinger hits one over the head of Myers in center field! Puckett and Tekotte both score to make it 8-2 Ducks!

UPDATE: BOT 7: Dan Lyons hits a monster solo home run! Ducks lead 9-2!

UPDATE: FINAL: Ducks win their third in a row, as they defeat the Blue Crabs 9-2!

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