Game 102: Ducks vs. Blue Crabs
The Ducks have won five in a row and enter play today in a share of first place in the Liberty Division Second Half Standings.
6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)
After sweeping a doubleheader last night, the Long Island Ducks (16-15; 52-49) have won five games in a row and go for the series sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-18; 51-49) tonight. After tonight’s contest, both clubs will head to Waldorf, Maryland to begin a four-game series. These five games complete a run of seven games in six days between the inter-divisional rivals which completes their season series. The Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.
The Long Island Ducks swept a single admission doubleheader from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, routing the Blue Crabs 10-0 in game one before rallying for a 4-2 victory in game two.
Ducks starter Alfredo Simon (2-3) was the story in game one, as the right-hander came within two outs of completing a no-hitter. The right-hander allowed just two walks over the first six and one-third innings and struck out seven batters. After retiring 11 consecutive batters, his no-hit bid came to an end on a one-out single in the seventh by Michael Snyder. Southern Maryland would collect two more singles before a groundout ended the game. Simon threw 108 pitches in the outing, 65 of them for strikes.
Long Island took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on RBI singles from Giovanny Alfonzo and Dan Lyons. Four more runs in the third extended the advantage to six. Angelo Songco’s two-run double and RBI singles from Anthony Vega and Alfonzo did the damage.
The offense continued in the fifth inning when Ruben Gotay crushed a solo home run to left field off Blue Crabs starter Eric Fornataro. A three-spot in the sixth rounded out the scoring, as sacrifice flies from Delta Cleary Jr. and Songco, along with an RBI single by Gotay, highlighted the inning.
Fornataro (0-4) suffered the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk in three innings with two strikeouts. Alfonzo led the Flock with three hits and two RBI. Gotay, Vega and Lyons each added two hits, while Songco drove in three runs.
The Ducks plated the first run of game two in the third inning when Alex Burg scored from third on a passed ball by Blue Crabs catcher Ryan Wiggins. Southern Maryland answered in the fourth when Snyder hit a two-run homer to center field off Ducks starter Tyler Levine.
It stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Long Island rallied for three runs off Blue Crabs starter Brian Grening to take a 4-2 lead. Elmer Reyes’ two-run double to left and a sac fly off the bat of Burg accounted for the scoring.
Levine did not factor into the decision but pitched four and one-third innings of two-run ball, yielding two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Rob Rogers (4-0) collected the win after pitching one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Grening (7-5) took the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in five and one-third innings with one strikeout. Amalio Diaz picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.
Reyes and Angelo Songco each had two hits to lead the offense.
ON THE MOUND:
The Ducks go for the sweep of the Blue Crabs tonight behind former major leaguer Henderson Alvarez. In four starts this season, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, and has allowed 19 hits, struck out seven and walked seven in 15 innings. Alvarez, who was signed in July, has been in the process of being stretched out to full strength and completed five innings for the first time in his last start on August 4. In an 11-10 win over Bridgeport, Alvarez allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out one and walking one while getting no decision. He has not faced the Blue Crabs this season.
The active Atlantic League ERA leader Gaby Hernandez takes the mound for the Blue Crabs in the series finale. In 17 starts, Hernandez is 8-2 with a sparkling 2.56 ERA, and has notched 111 strikeouts against 25 walks in 108.2 innings pitched. Last time out, Hernandez allowed only one run on three hits to the Somerset Patriots on August 4, but got the loss in a 1-0 Pats win. Against Long Island this season, the Atlantic League All-Star has no record and a 5.40 ERA after allowing three runs in five innings in his only start against the Ducks on May 6 at Bethpage Ballpark.
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 LIDucks.com 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.
DUCKS GAME NOTES:
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Long Island Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#37 Henderson Alvarez – RHP
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 3B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#6 Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#35 Tucker Nathans – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#7 Alex Glenn – LF
#18 Gaby Hernandez – RHP
LIVE GAME UPDATES:
TOP 3: The Blue Crabs get on the board with a Cory Vaughn RBI double and take a 1-0 lead.
BOT 3: The Ducks retaliate with a big inning plating four runs and taking a 4-1 lead.
TOP 6: John Lannan throws a scoreless inning of relief and the Ducks still lead 4-1.
FINAL: Ducks 4, Blue Crabs 1
W: Alvarez (1-1)
L: Hernandez (8-3)
SV: Diaz (8)
The Ducks sweep the Blue Crabs and have won six straight!
Posted on August 9, 2017, in Game Previews and tagged Alex Burg, Alfredo Simon, Amalio Diaz, Angelo Songco, Anthony Vega, Dan Lyons, Delta Cleary Jr., Elmer Reyes, giovanny alfonzo, Henderson Alvarez, Long Island Ducks, Rob Rogers, Ruben Gotay, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, tyler levine. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.