Game 104: Ducks at Blue Crabs
The Ducks shoot for their eighth win in a row tonight against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)
The Long Island Ducks (18-15; 54-49) continue their week-long matchup with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-20; 51-51) tonight in the second game of a four-game series. Long Island has won the first four games of the seven-game home-and-home mega-series. The Ducks have a 10-7 edge in the season series thus far, and have split the eight skirmishes 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 Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 1-0 on Thursday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in the first game of a four-game series. The victory was Long Island’s seventh consecutive win, the club’s longest winning streak of the season.
Pitching ruled the day as Matt Larkins of the Ducks (18-15; 54-49) and Daryl Thompson of the Blue Crabs dominated hitters throughout the night. After a leadoff single in the first by Quintin Berry, Thompson retired 15 Ducks in a row before Giovanny Alfonzo singled in the sixth. In one stretch of his own, Larkins retired 11 straight Blue Crabs (13-20; 51-51) hitters.
Long Island broke through in the eighth against reliever Zack Thornton, who allowed a leadoff double to Alex Burg. Two batters later, the Ducks catcher scored when Jose Lozada fielded an Alfonzo groundball and threw wildly to first for an error.
Larkins (6-6) finished the complete game shutout by working around a leadoff single in the ninth. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked two while striking out four in a dominant performance. This was the second shutout thrown by Larkins this season, with the other coming on July 5 at Bethpage Ballpark against the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Thompson did not factor into the decision despite throwing seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out nine. Thornton (2-2) got the loss, allowing the unearned run in his lone stanza of work.
Berry, Burg and Alfonzo had the only three hits of the game for the Ducks.
ON THE MOUND:
Left-hander Rafael Perez takes the mound for the Ducks in the second game of the four-game series, looking to keep the ball rolling. In 19 starts this season, Perez is 7-7 with a 4.37 ERA, and has struck out 73 and walked only 23 in 94.2 innings pitched. The southpaw threw six shutout innings in his last start on Sunday against the Bridgeport Bluefish, allowing just one hit and walking two while getting the win in a 2-1 Long Island victory. The former Cleveland Indian has struggled against Southern Maryland in two starts this season, going 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA. However, he did strike out a season-high eight against the Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium when he last faced the team on July 8. Perez had a rough month of July, posting a 1-3 record with a 7.40 ERA (17 ER/ 20.2 IP). In all other months, the lefty is 6-4 with a 3.53 ERA (29 ER/74 IP).
Southern Maryland sends Drew Hayes to the mound to try to put an end to the Ducks’ winning streak. In 16 starts this year Hayes is 6-5 with a 3.76 ERA, and has struck out 62 while walking 32 in 86.0 innings. The former Cincinnati Reds hurler threw six innings of one-run ball in his last start against the Somerset Patriots. Hayes has lasted exactly six innings in his last three starts, registering two quality starts in the process. The righty is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in two starts against the Ducks this season, coming back-to-back on July 2 at Long Island and July 8 at home.
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 – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#13 Elmer Reyes – SS
#11 Anthony Vega – LF
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#24 Audie Afenir – C
#40 Rafael Perez – LHP
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 3B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#10 L.J. Hoes – DH
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#35 Tucker Nathans – LF
#25 Ryan Wiggins – C
#1 Brian Bistagne – 2B
#8 Drew Hayes – RHP
LIVE GAME UPDATES:
TOP 1: Marc Krauss and Angelo Songco both drive in runs in the first as the Ducks take a 2-0 lead!
TOP 2: The Ducks chase home four runs on five hits and take a 6-0 lead!
BOT 2: The Blue Crabs get on the board with a sacrifice fly and cut the Ducks lead to 6-1.
TOP 4: Marc Krauss collects an RBI single and now has 4 RBIs on the night! Ducks lead 7-1!
BOT 4: Southern Maryland gets a run back on a walk and two infield hits. 7-2 Ducks lead.
TOP 6: The Ducks score again thanks to two doubles from Audie Afenir and Delta Cleary Jr, and take an 8-2 lead.
BOT 6: The Blue Crabs grab a run back and now trail 8-3.
Tonight’s game has been called in the top of the ninth due to inclement weather.
FINAL: Ducks 8, Bluecrabs 4.
W: Perez (8-7)
L: Hayes (6-6)
Posted on August 11, 2017, in Game Previews and tagged Alex Burg, giovanny alfonzo, Long Island Ducks, Matt Larkins, Quintin Berry, Rafael Perez, Regency Furniture Stadium, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.