Game 48: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (26-21) look for their third consecutive win when they visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (17-29). The Ducks have won seven of eight meetings between the two teams thus far in 2016, outscoring the Blue Crabs 53-29. Long Island is now tied with 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: Friday’s game in Southern Maryland had a similar start and finish as Thursday’s game in York, as the Ducks topped the Blue Crabs 4-2 in 11 innings in their first visit of the year to Regency Furniture Stadium.

Mark Blackmar and Gaby Hernandez engaged in a great pitcher’s duel over the first seven innings. Blackmar allowed a pair of runs in the second inning on a leadoff homer by Michael Snyder and an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of D’Arby Myers. However, he would go on to retire the next 14 batters he faced and finished with just four hits and one walk allowed in seven innings while striking out five. Hernandez retired the first nine batters he faced, allowed a single and a walk, and then retired nine more heading into the seventh. However, Ruben Gotay led off the frame with a double and scored with two outs on an RBI single by Cody Puckett. Blake Tekotte followed with a double down the right field line, sending Puckett to third and then eventually home when the throw from Jamar Walton got away.

Both sides traded several scoring opportunities in the ninth and 10th innings. Long Island had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth and the bases loaded with one out in the 10th but could not plate the go-ahead run. Southern Maryland put the leadoff man on in both innings but also could not win the ballgame. In the 11th, Tyler Colvin singled and was sacrificed to second by Sean Burroughs. Robert Carson (0-1) intentionally walked Puckett before striking out Tekotte for the second out. Jeremy Owens then called upon Brian Grening to set up a righty-righty matchup with Mike Dowd. The Ducks catcher hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI single to score Colvin and give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Matt Wessinger followed with a first pitch RBI double to increase the advantage to two.

Eury De La Rosa came on to earn the save in the 11th inning. A two-out error by Puckett on a grounder from Zach Wilson gave Snyder a chance to bat as the tying run. However, De La Rosa struck him out swinging to end the ballgame. Frank DeJiulio Jr. (2-0) collected the win after getting the final out of the 10th, stranding the winning run in scoring position.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell is slated to start for the Ducks, with sole possession of two franchise records in sight. One start and one win would put him atop the Ducks’ all-time list in both categories with 92 starts and 41 wins. This year, the right-hander has compiled a 4-1 record with a 3.24 ERA and 37 strikeouts in seven starts. He comes in off a complete game victory on Sunday against Sugar Land where he gave up just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Brownell defeated Southern Maryland in his only start against them this year, tossing six innings of three-run (one earned) ball on May 13 in a 7-5 victory. He yielded just three hits and a walk that night with five strikeouts.

Tim Sexton will take the mound for the Blue Crabs. The right-hander has made nine appearances this season (three starts) and is 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA. He took a no-decision in his most recent outing on June 4 at New Britain, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings with one strikeout. Sexton faced the Ducks in a start on May 14 in game two of a doubleheader and took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits over four innings while striking out three. He also threw two and one-third innings of scoreless relief against the Ducks on April 28. Sexton has a 6.28 ERA in his three starts.

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
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#6   Blake Tekotte – CF
#29 Mike Dowd – DH
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS

#7   John Brownell – RHP

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

#38 Tim Sexton – RHP

UPDATE (6:50): END 1: Both sides go in order in the first inning. John Brownell is now the Ducks all-time leader in games started with 92! Congrats John!

UPDATE (7:16): END 3: Still no score. Both sides have just one single thus far. Brownell has struck out four Blue Crabs batters!

UPDATE (7:36): BOT 4: Brownell strikes out four in the inning (no, that’s not a typo) and leaves the bases loaded! We remains scoreless after four!

UPDATE (8:03): TOP 6: Tyler Colvin breaks the scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single to right-center! Ducks have a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (8:17): BOT 6: A two-out, two-strike, two-run home run to right field by Jamar Walton gives the Blue Crabs a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:46): BOT 8: Brownell retires the side in order in back-to-back innings. Eight innings of two-run ball with 10 K’s for the righty! Onto the ninth.

UPDATE (8:55): FINAL: Ducks fail to score in the ninth, and the Blue Crabs win this one 2-1. Rubber game of the three-game set is Sunday at 2:05.

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