Game 103: Ducks at Blue Crabs
The Ducks look to keep their winning ways as they begin an eight-game road trip
6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)
The Long Island Ducks (17-15; 53-49), fresh off a three-game sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-19; 51-50), continue their week-long matchup with the Blue Crabs tonight in the opener of a four-game road series. The Ducks have a 9-7 edge in the season series thus far, but the Blue Crabs have taken four of seven meetings in Waldorf. This series will wrap up the season series between the two teams, and the Blue Crabs are the first team that the Ducks will finish their slate of games with in the 2017 season.
The third inning saw all of the game’s runs plated, as the Ducks came away with a 4-1 win to complete the three-game sweep.
Southern Maryland opened the scoring in the top of the inning when L.J. Hoes singled with one out and came around to score on a two-out RBI double by Cory Vaughn. The double was preceded by a groundout from Michael Snyder in which Hoes appeared to leave the baseline when Elmer Reyes went to tag him. However, third base umpire Tom Gandolfo said otherwise, allowing the inning to continue.
Long Island responded in the bottom of the inning, sending eight men to the plate and plating four runs on five hits. Following back-to-back singles by Dan Lyons and Anthony Vega that opened the inning, Delta Cleary Jr. laced a two-run double to right-center field that put the Ducks on top. Marc Krauss followed with an RBI single, and then with two outs, birthday boy Alex Burg drove an RBI double to left-center. On Burg’s double, Ruben Gotay was thrown out at the plate to prevent any more runs, but the damage had been done.
Meanwhile, the Ducks’ pitching staff was superb. Henderson Alvarez (1-1) earned his first win with the Flock, pitching five innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out two and stranded eight Blue Crabs runners on base. John Lannan, Dennis O’Grady, Patrick Crider and Amalio Diaz then combined for four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, yielding just one hit while striking out three. Blue Crabs starter Gaby Hernandez (8-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in four and two-thirds innings with eight strikeouts.
ON THE MOUND:
In the series opener, Matt Larkins gets the start for the Ducks. The right-hander comes in with a 5-6 record and a 4.19 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) this season and has struck out 91 batters while walking only 27. He earned the win his last time out with a quality start against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Saturday. The second-year Duck allowed just two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings while striking out six. He worked around single runs given up in the second and fourth, as Long Island responded with runs in each subsequent half-inning. Tonight will be Larkins’ third start of the season against the Blue Crabs, and he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA thus far. However, he turned in seven innings of three-run ball (two earned) with five strikeouts when he last faced them on June 30.
Blue Crabs veteran Daryl Thompson will counter for the home side. The right-hander will be making his 20th start of the season and comes in at 6-6 with a 4.09 ERA and 93 strikeouts over 118 and two-thirds innings, ranking fourth in the Atlantic League in strikeouts and third in innings pitched. He last pitched on Saturday against the Patriots in New Jersey and earned the win with seven scoreless innings. The Maryland native gave up just three hits along the way while striking out six. The dominant performance followed back-to-back outings in which he took the loss and combined to allow 11 runs and 16 hits in 10 innings. Thompson has faced the Ducks three times this season and is 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA. He most recently gave up four runs (one earned) on nine hits in six innings on July 7, a game which the Blue Crabs won 5-4.
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 tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.
DUCKS GAME NOTES:
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Long Island Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#44 Matt Larkins – RHP
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 3B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – LF
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#6 Patrick Palmeiro – 1B
#32 Luis Alen – C
#1 Brian Bistagne – 2B
#20 Daryl Thompson – RHP
LIVE GAME UPDATES:
BOT 2: Both pitchers are locked in early, and the Ducks and Blue Crabs are scoreless heading to the third.
BOT 4: Matt Larkins has retired eight in a row and we are still scoreless heading to the fifth.
BOT 6: Matt Larkins escapes a first-and-third jam to keep the game scoreless heading to the seventh!
TOP 8: Alex Burg doubles and comes around to score on a throwing error and the Ducks take a 1-0 lead!
FINAL: Ducks 1, Blue Crabs 0.
W: Larkins (6-6)
L: Thornton (2-2)
The Ducks win their seventh in a row as Matt Larkins goes the distance!