Game 47: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (25-21) continue their road trip by opening a three-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (17-28). It’s their first visit of the year to Regency Furniture Stadium. The Ducks have won six of seven meetings between the two teams thus far in 2016, all at Bethpage Ballpark. Long Island remains a half-game behind the Somerset Patriots for first place in the Liberty Division, while the Blue Crabs sit in last place in the Freedom Division, 10 games behind the York Revolution.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: A pitcher’s duel returned to PeoplesBank Park for the finale of the three-game series, and the Ducks were able to avoid a sweep with a 3-1 come-from-behind win.

Jack Snodgrass did not have his best stuff, but he battled to hold the Revolution to just one run over six innings of work. The southpaw issued a bases loaded walk in the first inning to Andres Perez, but struck out the next two batters to leave three on base. He would go on to leave a runner in scoring position in the second, the bases loaded in the fourth and two in scoring position in the sixth. Overall, York left 10 men on base against Snodgrass and a season-high 13 on base for the game. Snodgrass finished with seven hits and three walks allowed while striking out seven.

Matt Neil, who was named Thursday’s starter that morning, allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings to begin his outing. However, in the seventh, Tyler Colvin doubled and Cody Puckett singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Mike Blanke then hustled to beat out a fielder’s choice grounder, scoring Colvin to tie the game at one. Neil would give up just four hits over seven innings with three strikeouts.

After both sides were held off the scoreboard in the eighth by Amalio Diaz (3-1) and Beau Vaughan, Long Island broke through to take the lead in the ninth. Puckett reached to open the inning when Bryan Pounds and Telvin Nash collided to drop a pop up. After Mike Blanke struck out, Blake Tekotte hit the first pitch from closer Mike DeMark (0-1) over the right field wall for a two-run homer. With Long Island up 3-1, Todd Coffey came on and allowed just a two-out single to Nash in the ninth, recording his seventh save.

ON THE MOUND: Mark Blackmar takes the mound for the Ducks in game one of the series. The right-hander enters with a 4-1 record and a 1.94 ERA that ranks third in the Atlantic League over eight starts. He earned the win in his most recent outing on June 4 against Sugar Land, limiting the Skeeters to just three runs (two earned) over five and two-thirds innings. Blackmar did allow nine hits and two walks but struck out six and battled to keep the Ducks in the game. He has now allowed three runs or less in four consecutive outings. Back on April 30, the 24-year-old threw six innings of one-run ball against the Blue Crabs, yielding just two hits and two walks while striking out two as the Ducks won 5-4.

Gaby Hernandez will oppose Blackmar for the Blue Crabs. The righty is winless on the season, going 0-4 with a 4.53 ERA through eight games (seven starts). His 48 strikeouts rank third in the Atlantic League behind Jack Snodgrass (61) and Darin Downs (58). Hernandez tied a season-high with nine strikeouts on June 3 at New Britain, taking a no-decision after giving up three runs on four hits and a walk over six and two-thirds innings. Since throwing nine scoreless innings on May 12 at Lancaster, he has compiled a 6.23 ERA in four starts, yielding 16 runs (15 earned) in 21 and two-thirds innings. He opposed Blackmar on April 30 and gave up just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight in five innings but took a no-decision in Long Island’s victory.

FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’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
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#25 Sean Burroughs – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#6   Blake Tekotte – CF
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#49 Mark Blackmar – RHP

Blue Crabs
#9   Gary Brown – 2B
#21 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#29 Zach Wilson – DH
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#6   Jamar Walton – RF
#1   Fred Lewis – LF
#17 Angel Flores – C
#10 Eric Garcia – SS
#4   D’Arby Myers – CF

#18 Gaby Hernandez – RHP

UPDATE (7:41): BOT 2: Blue Crabs take a 2-0 lead on a solo home run to left field by Michael Snyder and an RBI fielder’s choice from D’Arby Myers.

UPDATE (7:50): We are now up and running live on our flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Thank you for your patience!

UPDATE (8:12): BOT 4: Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings for Mark Blackmar, who has four strikeouts thus far! We head to the fifth with the score still 2-0.

UPDATE (8:37): BOT 6: Make it four consecutive 1-2-3 innings for Blackmar, who has retired 14 straight Blue Crabs batters! Score remains unchanged.

UPDATE (8:51): TOP 7: Ducks tie the game! Cody Puckett delivers a two-out RBI single & then scores from first on a a double by Blake Tekotte and an error!

UPDATE (9:16): BOT 8: Fehlandt Lentini with a fabulous running grab in right-center, falling as he caught it, for the final out of the inning! 2-2 after eight.

UPDATE (9:36): BOT 9: Cody Puckett catches a foul pop up and throws out Zach Wilson trying to take second! With the double play, we’ll play extra innings.

UPDATE (10:06): BOT 10: Matt Wessinger throws out D’Arby Myers on a grounder to short, stranding the winning run in scoring position! Onto the 11th.

UPDATE (10:22): TOP 11: RBI single by Mike Dowd, RBI double by Matt Wessinger, both with two outs, and the Ducks take a 4-2 lead!

UPDATE (10:38): FINAL: Eury De La Rosa strikes out Michael Snyder swinging, representing the tying run! Ducks come back to win the opener 4-2 in 11 innings!

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