Game 16: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs

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Cody Puckett and the Ducks look to swing their way to victory against the Blue Crabs tonight.

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

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-7) look to shake off their home field blues tonight as they take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (7-8) for game two of a three-game set. This marks the sixth of 20 scheduled skirmishes between the Ducks and Blue Crabs this season. Southern Maryland holds a 3-2 advantage in the first five meetings between the teams.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks bullpen contributed three perfect innings in support of Tim Melville, but the offense couldn’t overcome stingy Southern Maryland pitching as the club fell 2-1 Friday night.

The Ducks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Cody Puckett went yard for his second round-tripper of the season, touching up Brian Grening for the blast. Grening (1-0) would settle in after the home run, tossing seven innings of four-hit ball, not walking a batter and allowing only one run on four hits.

Melville (0-2) was perfect through the first two innings but allowed a run in the top of the third. Gary Brown lined a one-out single to center field to score Jose Lozada and even the ledger at 1.

Southern Maryland took the lead in the top of the fifth when Brown came around to score on a two-out single from Michael Snyder. On the play, Edwin Garcia was thrown out trying to go first-to-third for the final out, ending what could have been a bigger rally.

Grening retired the final 11 batters he faced, and when Dan Lyons led off the bottom of the eighth with an infield single, he was the Ducks’ first baserunner since the fourth inning. A timely double play ball helped the Blue Crabs pitching staff face the minimum number of batters over the final five and two-thirds innings of the game.

Melville finished his night strong by tossing a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts in the sixth and then handed the ball to Amalio Diaz, who struck out the side in the seventh.

The eighth saw Eric Gagne make his Long Island debut, and he dazzled the Blue Crabs batters, recording two strikeouts in a perfect inning. David Aardsma struck out two in a perfect ninth. Ducks pitchers registered a season-high 12 strikeouts on the night and faced the minimum over the final four innings.

ON THE MOUND: John Brownell returns to the mound for Long Island, making his team-leading fourth start of the year. On the season, Brownell has a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. In his last outing on May 1 at York, Brownell only lasted three innings due to an extended rain delay, and he allowed three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out one. All three starts for the right-hander have come on the road this year, including his lone start against the Blue Crabs. He lasted five innings on April 20, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five in a 7-1 Ducks victory on Opening Day.

The Blue Crabs counter with right-handed pitcher Gaby Hernandez, who heads to the mound for the third time this year. Hernandez is off to a strong start, having allowed just one earned run in 12.0 innings this year. The lone run came in his last start on May 1 against Sugar Land, while his lone win came on April 26. That day, he went six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and not issuing a walk in a 2-0 Blue Crabs win. Hernandez made four starts against the Ducks in 2016 and posted a 1-1 record with a 7.59 ERA.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, 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 the game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

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

STARTING LINEUPS:

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

#7 John Brownell – RHP

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

#18 Gaby Hernandez – RHP

UPDATE (6:53): TOP 1: The Blue Crabs pinch a run across and lead it 1-0. Ducks coming up. 

UPDATE (7:02): BOT 1: Angelo Songco launches a mammoth two-run homer off the scoreboard to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead!

UPDATE (7:32): BOT 3: Angelo Songco delivers again! An RBI single drives home Delta Cleary Jr to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead!

UPDATE (8:13): TOP 6: The Blue Crabs get a run on a home run, but the Ducks still lead 3-2.

UPDATE (8:55): TOP 8: The Blue Crabs score 5 runs (2 earned) in the eighth to take a 7-3 lead.

UPDATE (9:10): BOT 8: Back-to-back home runs from Angelo Songco and Marc Krauss get the Ducks back within 2! 7-5 Blue Crabs.

UPDATE (9:27): TOP 9: A solo homer for the Blue Crabs puts the Ducks down 8-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.

UPDATE (9:37): FINAL: Southern Maryland 8, Long Island 5.

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