Game 15: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Dennis O’Grady was terrific in game one of Wednesday’s twinbill.

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-6) return home after a successful short road trip at York to play host to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (6-8). The Ducks swept a four-game set at the Revolution, and now set their sights on continuing the winning streak against the Blue Crabs. Tonight’s game will be the fifth of 20 scheduled contests between the Ducks and the Blue Crabs this year, with the teams having split a four-game series in Waldorf to open the season.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP: The Ducks continued their hot play Wednesday afternoon and evening, sweeping a day/night doubleheader from the York Revolution, winning 7-2 in the opener, and 8-5 in the night cap. The twinbill sweep capped off a four-game series sweep of the Revolution.

In the day game, Long Island’s offense pounded out 14 hits in an impressive display, led by three hits each from Angelo Songco and Alex BurgMarc Krauss got things going in the first with an RBI single to plate Delta Cleary, Jr. York got even in the bottom of the frame when Derrick Robinson scooted home on a wild pitch from Dennis O’Grady, but Fehlandt Lentini singled in Elmer Reyes to put the Ducks back up 2-1.

A solo home run from Jared Mitchell evened the score at two in the bottom of the second, and the score stayed that way until the top of the fifth, when a Krauss RBI single put the Ducks on top for good.

Long Island scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and added a solo homer from Songco in the top of the seventh to seal the 7-2 win.

O’Grady (1-0) was great in his first start of the year, allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings. The righty struck out five and walked just two.

Patrick CriderJim Fuller, and Zac Treece each pitched hitless innings of relief, and David Aardsma worked around a hit in the ninth to close out the win.

In the second game the Ducks struck first again, this time with Songco delivering an RBI single in the first and then scoring on a two-run home run by Nolan Reimold. Krauss scored on a Cody Puckett base hit in the third to push the Ducks’ lead to 4-0.

Long Island rallied to score four runs in the top of the fourth, led by run-scoring hits from Cleary, Songco and Krauss, and a Puckett sacrifice fly.

Down 8-0, the Blue Crabs began chipping away in the bottom of the fourth, with Luis Alen plating Jose Constanza with an RBI single. Bryan Pounds hit a solo homer for York in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-2, and then a three-run rally in the eighth closed the gap to 8-5, where it would stay for good.

Long Island native Tyler Levine (1-0) got the win for the Ducks, allowing two runs on six hits in his seven innings of work, walking one and striking out five. Matt Larkins allowed the three-run rally in his inning of work, and Tyler Wilson threw a perfect ninth, striking out two to earn his first save of the season.

ON THE MOUND: Tim Melville returns to the mound for Long Island, making his third start of the season. Thusfar, the righty is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA, striking our four and walking three in 9.0 innings of work. In his last outing Saturday against the New Britain Bees, Melville was perfect through three innings, before allowing three runs (two earned) in the fourth. The former big leaguer has faced the Blue Crabs once already this season, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings on April 23, getting a no decision in a 3-2 Ducks victory.

The Blue Crabs counter with right-handed pitcher Brian Grening, who is in his second season with Southern Maryland. Grening will be making his third start of the year, and has a 0-0 record with a 4.15 ERA. He has allowe 16 hits in 13,0 innings, walking two and striking out six. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native allowed four runs in seven innings in his last start Saturday at Bridgeport, getting a no decision in a game eventually won by Southern Maryland 6-4. Grening faced the Ducks on April 23 opposite Melville, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for both games of today’s doubleheader, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of both games via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#26 Angelo Songco – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#20 Nolan Reimold – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B

#33 Tim Melville – RHP

Blue Crabs
#7   Gary Brown – CF
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#27 Cory Vaughn – LF
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#29 Zach Wilson – DH
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 3B
#4   Jose Lozada – 2B
#25 Ryan Wiggins – C

#11 Brian Grening – RHP

UPDATE (7:03): BOT 2: Cody Puckett launches his second home run of the season! His solo blast to left field puts the Ducks on top 1-0!

UPDATE (7:13): TOP 3: Southern Maryland ties the game at one on an RBI single to center by Gary Brown.

UPDATE (8:02): TOP 5: A two-out RBI single off the bat of Michael Snyder has given the Blue Crabs a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:37): MID 7: Amalio Diaz strikes out the side in the seventh! Final line for Tim Melville: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

UPDATE (8:50): TOP 8: Eric Gagne has taken the mound for his Ducks debut and strikes out Edwin Garcia to begin the inning!

UPDATE (8:53): TOP 8: Gagne retires the side in order, striking out two and inducing a pop up to second base! Still a 2-1 ballgame.

UPDATE (9:09): TOP 9: David Aardsma follows up Gagne with a perfect inning and two strikeouts of his own! Onto the bottom of the ninth we go. Time to rally!

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