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SOUTHERN MARYLAND SILENCES DUCKS TO TAKE SERIES

Long Island drops back-to-back games for the first time in a month

(Waldorf, Md., July 24, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 2-0 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

In the fourth inning, D’Arby Myers scored on a Ducks throwing error, giving the Blue Crabs a 1-0 lead. Southern Maryland’s Alfredo Marte hit a solo home run in the seventh, giving the Blue Crabs a 2-0 advantage. In the ninth, Blue Crabs closer Cody Eppley retired the Ducks in order, marring any Long Island comeback.

Brian Grening (5-4) earned the win, tossing six and two-thirds scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out five, allowing just three hits and two walks. Dustin Richardson (1-1) took the hard-luck loss, yielding one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts in five innings. Eppley collected his 17th save with a perfect ninth.

Mark Minicozzi, Anthony Vega, Delta Cleary Jr., and Ruben Gotay each had one hit for the Flock.

Long Island returns home on Monday, July 25 to start a three-game series with the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Irish Night at the ballpark, presented by Shandon Court. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Stadium Cups. In addition, it’s a LaVida Massage Monday. Free massages will be available on the concourse during the game, and one lucky fan will go home with a special massage package, courtesy of LaVida Massage of Smithtown, the official massage therapy and skin care center of the Ducks.

Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. It’s the “Ducks Game of the Week” and those unable to make the game can listen on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE.

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)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 35 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

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

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Game Date: 07/24/2016
Long Island Ducks  0 AT Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Vega, A LF          4  0  1  0  .278  Richardson, A CF    2  0  0  0  .171
Lentini, F RF       2  0  0  0  .315  Myers, D RF         4  1  1  0  .287
Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  1  0  .316  Nelson, B 3B        3  0  1  0  .294
Minicozzi, M DH     3  0  0  0  .351  Snyder, M 1B        3  0  0  0  .292
Lyons, D SS         4  0  1  0  .302  Wilson, Z DH        3  0  0  0  .273
Colvin, T 1B        4  0  0  0  .229  Marte, A LF         3  1  1  1  .253
Gotay, R 2B         3  0  1  0  .285  Brown, G 2B         3  0  0  0  .214
Dowd, M C           3  0  0  0  .305  Sanchez, A SS       3  0  0  0  .232
Wessinger, M 3B     3  0  0  0  .194  Flores, A C         3  0  1  0  .239
                   30  0  4  0                           27  2  4  1

L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  0  4  1
S Maryland           0 0 0   1 0 0   1 0 x -  2  4  1
2B--Vega, A LF (9). HR--Marte, A LF (7). RBI--Marte, A LF (18), TOTALS (0).
SB--Lentini, F RF (28), Cleary Jr., D CF (19), Richardson, A CF (3), Myers,
D RF (21). E--Dowd, M C (6), Flores, A C (3). 
LOB--L Island 6, S Maryland 3. DP--R. Gotay(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - T.
Colvin(1B), M. Snyder(1B) - A. Sanchez(SS) - B. Grening(P). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Richardson, D (L,1-1)           5.0   2   1   0   0   3   0    1.72
Crider, P                       1.0   1   0   0   1   0   0    0.78
Struck, N                       1.0   1   1   1   0   0   1    4.84
Shuman, S                       1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    2.59
                                8     4   2   1   2   4   1
 S Maryland
Grening, B (W,5-4)              6.2   3   0   0   2   5   0    3.18
Stem, C                         1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    5.71
Carson, R                       0.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    5.57
Moore, N                        0.1   0   0   0   1   1   0    2.37
Eppley, C (S,17)                1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.79
                                9     4   0   0   3   7   0
SO--Vega, A 2, Cleary Jr., D, Minicozzi, M 2, Gotay, R, Wessinger, M,
Snyder, M, Wilson, Z, Marte, A, Sanchez, A. BB--Lentini, F 2, Minicozzi, M,
Richardson, A 2. BF--Richardson, D 17 (61), Crider, P 4 (90), Struck, N 4
(96), Shuman, S 4 (7), Grening, B 24 (244), Stem, C 3 (52), Carson, R (71),
Moore, N 2 (170), Eppley, C 3 (157). P-S--Richardson, D 57-37, Crider, P
17-7, Struck, N 13-8, Shuman, S 18-8, Grening, B 96-63, Stem, C 7-4,
Carson, R 1-1, Moore, N 9-4, Eppley, C 14-10. 
T--2:26.  A--2932

Weather: Sunny, 93 degrees
Plate Umpire - John Epperson, Field Umpire #1 - Donald Mayer, Field Umpire #2 - Justin Sims

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