Game 114: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, NY)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (20-22, 60-52) and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (19-24, 45-68) will play the remainder of Tuesday’s suspended game and Wednesday’s regularly scheduled game. The second game will last seven innings. The Ducks have owned the series this season against the Blue Crabs, outscoring Southern Maryland 104-54. Long Island boasts a 12-5 record against its Freedom Division counterpart, winning six of seven at home. Dan Lyons has hit a whopping .385 with three home runs and seven RBI in 14 games against Southern Maryland, while Fehlandt Lentini has driven in 17 runs in 17 games this season.

SUNDAY’S RESULT: Long Island dropped the final game of a four-game series to the Sugar Land Skeeters 11-1.

Ruben Gotay’s two-out run-scoring single gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. However, Sugar Land tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Wilfredo Rodriguez’s fielder’s choice.

The Skeeters scored ten unanswered runs on 15 total hits. Leadoff hitter Josh Prince was 2-for-5 with four RBIs, including a two-run home run. Both Johan Limonta and Albert Cordero went 3-for-4, combing for five runs batted in.

Ducks starter Mike Jackson Jr. suffered his first loss of the year, allowing nine runs on 12 hits in five and one-third innings. He fanned five and walked one. Sugar Land’s Michael Nix surrendered one runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six over six innings in the victory.

Cody Puckett collected a pair of hits to lead the Flock.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell looks to bounce back from two outings in which he allowed 24 combined hits. In his past start, on August 17 against New Britain, Brownell allowed three runs on 14 hits, striking out eight and walking one in eight innings. Despite the low allowance of runs, Brownell took the loss in a 3-1 contest. Prior to that start against New Britain, Brownell surrendered seven runs on 10 hits in six innings but did not receive a decision. In three meetings with Southern Maryland, Brownell is 2-1.

Brian Burres, who started in the All-Star Game for the Freedom Division, takes the baseball against the Ducks for the third time this season. His earned run average of 2.92 ranks best in the Atlantic League despite losing his past four starts. Burres’ past outing, on August 18 against Bridgeport, resulted in three earned runs on eight hits in eight innings. The lefty struck out three and walked three in a 3-2 loss to the Bluefish. His most recent outing against the Ducks came on July 9 when the former big leaguer tossed six scoreless innings of two-hit ball, fanning seven and walking two in a 2-0 Blue Crabs victory.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can watch all of the action live via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. The game will also be broadcast live on WRHU/88.7-FM Radio Hofstra University and online at whru.org for fans in Nassau County. 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
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#21 Mike Blanke – 3B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#17 Matt Wessinger – SS
#11 Chris Scura – LF

#7 John Brownell – RHP

Blue Crabs
#4 D’Arby Myers – CF
#7 Gary Brown – 2B
#24 Bryant Nelson – 3B
#15 Angel Sanchez – DH
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#6 Jamar Walton – RF
#17 Angel Flores – C
#19 Alfredo Marte – LF
#10 Eric Garcia – SS

#12 Brian Burres – LHP

UPDATE (5:54): Luis Perdomo will pitch the seventh inning for the Ducks, who resume last night’s suspended game against the Blue Crabs. LI 9, SMD 1.

UPDATE (6:23): TOP 8: The Blue Crabs grab a run on Zach Wilson’s RBI double to left, but the Ducks still lead 9-2.

UPDATE (6:37): FINAL: The Ducks defeat the Blue Crabs 9-3 in the continuation of last night’s suspended game!

UPDATE (6:38): Tonight’s regularly scheduled game between the Ducks and Blue Crabs will begin in approximately 25 minutes.

UPDATE (7:21): TOP 1: Michael Snyder gives the Blue Crabs an early 1-0 lead with an RBI double to left field. Lentini, Cleary Jr., and Ford due up for LI.

UPDATE (7:38): BOT 2: The Ducks take a 2-1 lead with back-to-back doubles and an RBI single from Mike Dowd. Lew Ford also doubles in his 1st AB off DL.

UPDATE (8:01): TOP 3: Angel Sanchez’s two-run double puts Southern Maryland back on top. The Ducks trail the Blue Crabs 3-2.

UPDATE (8:14): BOT 3: Ruben Gotay comes up clutch! His RBI single to left drives in the tying run. LI 3, MD 3.

UPDATE (8:39): TOP 5: Angel Sanchez’s two-run home run gives Southern Maryland a 5-3 lead over Long Island.

UPDATE (9:25): TOP 7: Michael Snyder walks with the bases loaded, giving the Blue Crabs a 6-3 lead over the Ducks.

UPDATE (9:37): FINAL: The Ducks drop the middle game of the series to the Blue Crabs, losing 6-4. Gotay: 2-for-2 2B, R, 2 RBI. Wessinger: 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI.

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