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BATS, BROWNELL HELP DUCKS BATTER BLUE CRABS

Early offense supports Brownell in win
 

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 13, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 7-5 on Friday night in the opener of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the victory

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, John Brownell and Cody Puckett talk about the win

The Ducks struck first with two runs in the first inning against Blue Crabs starter Scott Snodgress. An RBI triple by Dan Lyons and a sacrifice by Lew Ford put the Ducks on top. Three more runs came across in the second, as Fehlandt Lentini singled to score Anthony Vega and two more runs were plated by Lyons on a deep fly ball to left that was dropped by Fred Lewis.

The Ducks were not done scoring yet, as Cody Puckett launched a two-run home run on the first pitch of his at-bat in the fifth. The blast pushed the lead to 7-0.

Ducks starter John Brownell had a no-hitter going until the top of the sixth when Gary Brown hit a one-out RBI double. The Blue Crabs tried to come back, scoring four runs in the seventh inning. An RBI double from Gustavo Molina and a two-run triple by Brown highlighted the inning. Molina’s run-scoring groundout in the sixth trimmed Long Island’s lead to 7-5, but Southern Maryland would get no closer.

Brownell (1-0) earned the win, finishing the night with six innings pitched and giving up three hits, three runs (two earned), and one walk with five strikeouts. Snodgress (0-2) took the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and a walk over five innings. Todd Coffey collected his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning.

Ford, Puckett, Vega, and Mike Dowd each had two hits to lead the Flock.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs continue their four-game set on Saturday with a day/night doubleheader. Game time for the opener is 1:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:05 (11:50 a.m. for full season ticket holders), and is slated for seven innings. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive 2016 Ducks Poster Schedules. First pitch for game two is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza.

Tickets to the doubleheader and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the twinbill can follow all of the action live with streaming video and audio on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. The nightcap will also be broadcast on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.


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Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  5 AT Long Island Ducks  7

                                 YTD                                   YTD
S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lombardozzi, S SS   4  0  0  0  .378  Lentini, F RF       4  2  1  1  .280
Myers, D RF         4  1  1  0  .222  Lyons, D SS         4  1  1  1  .205
Wilson, Z 1B        4  1  1  0  .203  Ford, L CF          4  1  2  1  .280
Lewis, F LF         4  1  1  0  .265  Burroughs, S 1B     4  0  0  0  .278
 Walton, J LF       0  0  0  0  .250  Puckett, C 2B       4  1  2  2  .246
Molina, G C         4  1  1  2  .273  Blanke, M DH        4  0  0  0  .211
Nelson, B 2B        3  0  0  1  .215  Dowd, M C           4  0  2  0  .303
Garcia, E 3B        4  0  0  0  .148  Vega, A LF          3  1  2  0  .296
Dziomba, J DH       4  1  1  0  .222  Wessinger, M 3B     4  1  1  0  .185
Brown, G CF         4  0  2  2  .257       
                   35  5  7  5                           35  7 11  5

S Maryland           0 0 0   0 0 0   4 1 0 -  5  7  2
L Island             2 3 0   0 2 0   0 0 x -  7 11  1
2B--Wilson, Z 1B       (6), Molina, G C        (1), Brown, G CF        (4),
Ford, L CF         (5), Puckett, C 2B      (4). 3B--Brown, G CF        (1),
Lyons, D SS        (1). HR--Puckett, C 2B      (2). RBI--Molina, G C       
 2 (3), Nelson, B 2B       (4), Brown, G CF         2 (3), TOTALS          
   5 (0), Lentini, F RF      (13), Lyons, D SS        (7), Ford, L CF      
  (7), Puckett, C 2B       2 (10), TOTALS              5 (0). E--Lewis, F
LF        (3), Garcia, E 3B       (4), Wessinger, M 3B    (3). 
LOB--S Maryland 4, L Island 6. DP--N. Moore(P) - Z. Wilson(1B) - B.
Nelson(2B) - E. Garcia(3B) - S. Lombardozzi(SS). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 S Maryland
Snodgress, S (L,0-2)            5.0  10   7   6   1   3   1    7.50
Santos, O                       2.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    5.40
Moore, N                        1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    3.12
                                8    11   7   6   2   4   1
 L Island
Brownell, J (W,1-0)             6.0   3   3   2   1   5   0    3.18
Crider, P                       0.2   1   1   1   0   0   0    1.42
Vance, K                        0.1   1   0   0   0   0   0    6.48
Blewett, D                      0.2   2   1   1   0   0   0    4.15
De La Rosa, E                   0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0    4.91
Coffey, T (S,4)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    1.50
                                9     7   5   4   1   5   0
SO--Lombardozzi, S, Wilson, Z, Molina, G, Dziomba, J 2, Blanke, M, Dowd, M,
Vega, A, Wessinger, M. BB--Nelson, B, Lentini, F, Vega, A. BF--Snodgress, S
27 (88), Santos, O 7 (21), Moore, N 3 (40), Brownell, J 23 (74), Crider, P
3 (25), Vance, K 2 (39), Blewett, D 4 (38), De La Rosa, E (32), Coffey, T 3
(25). P-S--Snodgress, S 98-61, Santos, O 26-16, Moore, N 12-6, Brownell, J
90-59, Crider, P 8-5, Vance, K 11-6, Blewett, D 21-17, De La Rosa, E 4-3,
Coffey, T 9-6. 
T--2:47.  A--4530
1:02 rain delay prior to the start of the game

Plate Umpire - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #1 - John Grasso, Field Umpire #2 - Kris Engstrand