Games 100 & 101: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs


Alfredo Simon aims to lead the Ducks to a fourth-straight win tonight in game one against Southern Maryland.


6:00 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)


The Long Island Ducks (14-15; 50-49) are riding their first three-game winning streak in six weeks and take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-16; 51-47) to begin a three-game series with a doubleheader tonight. The twinbill is necessitated by a postponement of Monday’s regularly scheduled game due to inclement weather. The Ducks and Blue Crabs will play each seven games against each other in the next seven days, with the first three matchups at Bethpage Ballpark, with the remaining four skirmishes hosted at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Through the first 13 games of the season between the two clubs, Southern Maryland holds a 7-6 advantage. This seven games in seven days stretch will complete the season series with the Blue Crabs, the first opponent that the Ducks will finish their regular season schedule against.


The Long Island Ducks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 2-1 on Sunday evening in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

After trading zeroes for the first three innings, the Ducks plated both of their runs in the fourth inning against Bluefish starter Charles Brewer. An RBI single by Anthony Vega and a bases loaded walk to Quintin Berry that scored Alex Burg did the damage.

Long Island held Bridgeport off the scoreboard until the top of the ninth inning. Jose Gil’s RBI single cut the Ducks’ lead to 2-1, and the Bluefish put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with one out. However, Amalio Diaz got Tony Abreu to fly out to left and Angel Rosa to ground into a game-ending fielder’s choice to preserve the win.

Ducks starter Rafael Perez (7-7) earned the win, firing six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out three. Brewer (7-4) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over fine innings. Diaz picked up his sixth save by retiring the final two batters of the game.

Vega, Burg and Elmer Reyes each had two hits to pace the Flock.



Long Island begins the series by handing the ball to Alfredo Simon. In nine appearances (six starts) this season, Simon is 1-3 with a 5.60 ERA and one save. The former major leaguer has struck out 32 and walked 10 in 35.1 innings, but hasn’t allowed a walk in his last three outings (11.1 IP) while fanning 14. In his last start on August 2 at York, Big Pasta allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out seven in 4.1 innings, getting the loss in a 4-3 Revs win. Simon has faced the Blue Crabs once this year, getting no decision on July 1 at Bethpage Ballpark, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings in a 10-8 Ducks win.

Southern Maryland rolls with a familiar face who is new to the team in former New Britain Bees righty Eric Fornataro. In two starts with the Blue Crabs, Fornataro is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, and with New Britain this year he was 0-2 with a 5.85 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). He has appeared against the Ducks three times this year while with the Bees, last throwing an inning in relief on July 17, allowing a run on three hits. The Houston, Texas native had a brief MLB career, appearing in eight games with St. Louis in 2014.


In the second game of the doubleheader, Tyler Levine gets the call for the Ducks. Levine has made 18 appearances (three starts) this season, and is 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA for Long Island. In his last appearance on August 3 against Bridgeport, he threw an inning in relief, allowing two runs on three hits. The right-hander has struggled lately for the Tucks, posting a 8.71 ERA in his last three outings (10 ER/10.1 IP). The East Meadow, NY native has faced Southern Maryland once this season, tossing a clean inning of relief on July 8 at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Blue Crabs send right-handed pitcher Brian Grening to the mound in the back end of the twin bill. Grening has made 19 starts this year and is 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA for the Blue Crabs in 2017, and has been with the club since the 2014 campaign. In his last start on August 1 against Bridgeport, Grening lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits before being removed from the game after facing just seven batters. The Newport Beach native walked on at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in college and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 38th round in the 2008 MLB Draft. This year against the Ducks, Grening is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 21 hits in 21 innings, striking out nine and walking two.


Fans can follow all the action for today’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 in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.


For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.


Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#6   Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4   Jose Lozada – 3B
#9   Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#23 Zach Cone – CF
#6   Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#37 Tucker Nathans – LF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#7   Alex Glenn – RF

#15 Eric Fornataro – RHP


TOP 1: Alfredo Simon strikes out two in a scoreless first inning. No score as the Ducks come to the plate for the first time. 🔥🔥

BOT 2: Back-to-back RBI singles for @Gio_Alfonzo2 and @TheDannyLyons put the Ducks up 2-0 in G1 of our doubleheader with Southern Maryland!

BOT 3: The Ducks break out the bats and score four runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead over the Blue Crabs in G1 of the twin bill!

BOT 5: Ruben Gotay smacks a solo home run to extend our lead to 7-0 in G1 of the doubleheader.

FINAL (G1): Ducks 10, Blue Crabs 0

W: Simon (2-3)
L: Fornataro (0-2)

Alfredo Simon: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.


BOT 2: Both pitchers look sharp early in game two as we are scoreless with Southern Maryland.

BOT 3: Alex Burg races home on a passed ball and the Ducks grab a 1-0 lead!

TOP 4: Southern Maryland gets on the board with a two-run home run from Michael Snyder and takes a 2-1 lead.

FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 2.

W: Rogers (4-0)
L: Grening (7-5)
SV: Diaz (7)

The Ducks have won five in a row and are now in first place!


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