Game 84: Ducks at Blue Crabs
GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (10-3, 50-33) and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-10, 31-53) play the middle game of a three-game set. Long Island is 12-3 against Southern Maryland this season, outscoring the Blue Crabs 103-50. The Ducks have hit 18 home runs against the Blue Crabs, the most against any Atlantic League opponent this season.
YESTERDAY’S RESULT: Long Island launched four home runs, and tallied a season-high 22 hits, in a 15-2 rout of Southern Maryland.
The Ducks exploded for five runs in the top of the second inning on Mark Minicozzi’s RBI single, Mike Blanke’s three-run homer, and Anthony Vega’s solo home run. Dan Lyons added a two-run shot in the third, giving Long Island a 7-0 lead. In the fourth, Fehlandt Lentini led off with a solo home run, marking the second time this season the Ducks have hit four homers in one game. His sac fly, along with Ruben Gotay’s two-run single, and run-scoring singles from Blanke and Mike Dowd, put Long Island in front 13-0.
Gary Brown’s two-run home run over the Mini Monster in left field was the only bright light for the Blue Crabs. The Ducks added two late runs in the eighth to round out the scoring.
Darin Downs struck out six over six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits en route to his eighth win. For the fifth straight start, Downs did not walk a batter. Gaby Hernandez fell to 1-7, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits in just three and two-thirds innings.
Each Ducks starter recorded a hit. Minicozzi led the way with five, while Blanke tacked on four.
ON THE MOUND: The winning pitcher in his past four starts, Long Island’s own Bruce Kern toes the rubber for the Ducks. Posting a 4-0 record and an ERA of 2.49 in those four starts, the Liberty Division All-Star meets the Blue Crabs for the second time this month. His past head-to-head with Southern Maryland, on July 10, resulted in seven strikeouts over six innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks, pitching the Ducks to a 9-6 victory.
Daryl Thompson, the pitcher who countered Kern on July 10, looks to respond from four and one-third innings of 11-hit ball. The former big leaguer allowed seven runs (three earned) with a walk and two strikeouts. Thompson allowed three home runs in the loss. In his lone start since, Thompson beat Lancaster on July 18 with six and two-thirds innings of five hit ball, allowing three runs and striking out three. The 7-3 Blue Crabs win over the Barnstormers was Thompson’s first victory since June 15.
FOLLOW ALONG: Tonight’s game will be broadcast 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 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.
#27 Anthony Vega – LF
#22 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#2 Cody Puckett – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#26 Mark Minicozzi – 1B
#32 Tyler Colvin – DH
#21 Mike Blanke – C
#17 Matt Wessinger – 2B
#30 Bruce Kern – RHP
#9 Antoan Richardson – LF
#4 D’Arby Myers – RF
#24 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#19 Alfredo Marte – DH
#23 Gustavo Molina – C
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#10 Eric Garcia – SS
#7 Gary Brown – CF
#15 Angel Sanchez – 2B
#30 Daryl Thompson – RHP
UPDATE (7:11): END 3: Long Island scores on Mark Minicozzi’s RBI single, while the Blue Crabs score on an error. The Ducks and Crabs are tied at one.
UPDATE (7:58): END 5: Long Island and Southern Maryland are tied at one. Both teams with two hits, Bruce Kern with 4 K through 5 IP.
UPDATE (8:38): BOT 7: Gary Brown hits a big solo home run for the Blue Crabs to break a tie. The Ducks trail 2-1 heading to the 8th.
UPDATE (9:05): FINAL: The Ducks fall to the Blue Crabs 2-1. LI had the tying run on, but grounded into a double play to end the game.
Posted on July 23, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged 2016, Anthony Vega, Atlantic League, Bruce Kern, Dan Lyons, Daryl Thompson, Fehlandt Lentini, Long Island Ducks, Mark Minicozzi, Mike Blanke, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.