Game 73: Ducks at Blue Crabs
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 7:05 p.m. Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, MD).
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (1-1, 41-31) open up a four-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (0-3, 26-46) of the Freedom Division. The Ducks own a 24-18 record against Freedom Division opponents, including an 8-2 record against the Blue Crabs. Long Island won the First Half Liberty Division title, while Southern Maryland finished in last place, 13-and-a-half games back of the York Revolution. Ducks Manager Kevin Baez is one win shy of tying the all-time wins record. With an overall record of 398-355, Baez sits behind Don McCormack, manager from 2001-06, who has 399.
TUESDAY’S RESULT: The Ducks split a twinbill with the Barnstormers, losing 3-2 in the first contest and winning 7-2 in the second.
Anthony Vega’s sacrifice fly in the third inning gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first game, but an RBI double by Kevin Ahrens and a sac fly from Caleb Gindl gave the Barnstormers a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the frame. The Ducks took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Dan Lyons’ RBI single and Mike Dowd’s RBI fielder’s choice.
Against Ducks closer Todd Coffey, the Barnstormers rallied for the walk-off win in the seventh. Mike McDade’s sacrifice fly tied the game 3-3, and Kevin Ahren’s run-scoring single won the game 4-3.
Neither starter received a decision. Long Island’s Bobby Blevins tossed five innings of four-hit ball, allowing two runs and a walk with one strikeout. Barnstormers’ starter Kelvin De La Cruz yielded three runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven innings, collecting two strikeouts and a walk. Pete Andrelczyk earned his fourth win of the season, tossing a scoreless seventh. Coffey took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
In game two, the Long Island bats exploded for a four-run first. Fehlandt Lentini’s RBI double and Delta Cleary Jr.’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0. Mark Minicozzi’s two-run home run to left field, his first as a Duck, gave Long Island a 4-0 advantage.
Despite Lancaster scoring a run in the bottom of the first and second, the Ducks took a 6-2 lead in the third. Lyons added an RBI double, while Dowd collected an RBI single. Mike Blanke’s sacrifice fly in the fifth, to extend the lead to 7-2, rounded out the scoring for Long Island.
Jack Snodgrass won his sixth game, striking out five over six innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits. Former Cincinnati Reds reliever Ryan Dennick took the loss, yielding six runs (three earned) on five hits in two and one-third innings with one walk and one strikeout.
ON THE MOUND: Kevin Vance makes his first professional start since 2012. Used primarily as a reliever, the right-hander has pitched in 20 games for the Ducks. With Single-A Kannapolis, the affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, Vance made nine starts. He posted a 2-2 record with an ERA of 4.39, allowing 41 hits in 41 innings with 32 strikeouts and 20 walks. The University of Connecticut product has faced Southern Maryland three times, posting two and one-third scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
Maryland native Tim Sexton toes the rubber for the Blue Crabs. The 6-foot-6 righty, a former Los Angeles Dodgers draft selection, posted a win against the Ducks on June 11. In seven innings, Sexton allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Three of his past four starts have resulted in losses, including a tough-luck 2-0 loss to Sugar Land in which Sexton pitched nine innings.
FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Fans can follow the broadcast online with live streaming audio 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 CLICK HERE.
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#26 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – DH
#17 Matt Wessinger – 3B
#9 Kevin Vance – RHP
#10 Eric Garcia – SS
#21 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#4 D’Arby Myers – CF
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#6 Jamar Walton – LF
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#15 Angel Sanchez – 2B
#12 Connor David – C
#13 Ryde Rodriguez – RF
#32 Tim Sexton – RHP
UPDATE (7:20): TOP 1: Delta Cleary Jr.’s RBI single to left field gives the Ducks a 1-0 lead over the Blue Crabs.
UPDATE (7:57): TOP 3: Delta Cleary Jr. does it again. His second RBI single delivers the Ducks run. Long Island leads the Blue Crabs 2-0.
UPDATE (8:26): BOT 4: The Blue Crabs even the score on an two-run single by Zach Wilson. Long Island and Southern Maryland are tied 2-2.
UPDATE (8:51): TOP 6: Mark Minicozzi sends a solo blast over the left field wall! The Ducks take a 3-2 lead over the Blue Crabs!
UPDATE (9:03): BOT 6: Michael Snyder’s RBI single ties the ballgame at three for the Blue Crabs. Long Island has the top of the order due up in the 7th.
UPDATE (9:15): TOP 7: Delta Cleary Jr. drives in his third run of the game with sacrifice fly, Ducks lead the Blue Crabs 4-3.
UPDATE (9:54): TOP 9: Cody Puckett’s RBI single gives the Ducks an insurance run as they take a 5-3 lead over the Blue Crabs. Coffey in for the save.
UPDATE (10:04): FINAL: The Ducks WIN! Long Island tops the Blue Crabs 5-3. Delta Cleary Jr 4-for-4, 3 RBI.
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