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DUCKS SOAR PAST BLUE CRABS IN SERIES OPENER

Offense explodes for nine runs, 13 hits to kick off homestand

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 9-3 in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series opener

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Bobby Blevins and Delta Cleary Jr. talk about the win

The Ducks opened up their scoring with four runs in the third inning on Tuesday night against Blue Crabs starter Tim Sexton. RBI singles from Fehlandt Lentini and Cody Puckett, sandwiched around a two-run double by Delta Cleary Jr., highlighted the inning. Southern Maryland closed to within three in the fourth on Jamar Walton’s RBI single off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins.

Long Island extended their lead to 9-1 with five more runs in the fifth. Mike Dowd and Cleary Jr. picked up RBI singles, while Lentini laced a three-run double to left-center field. It stayed that way until the top of the seventh inning when, with one out and one on, a technical issue with the third base light tower suspended the completion of the game until Wednesday evening.

Upon resumption of the game, the Blue crabs squeaked out single runs in the eighth and ninth on an RBI double by Zach Wilson and an RBI single by D’Arby Myers. However, they would get no closer.

Blevins (2-8) earned the win, tossing six and one-third innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out five. Sexton (2-9) suffered the loss, surrendering nine runs on 12 hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.

Lentini and Cleary Jr. each had three hits to pace the Flock. Lentini drove in four runs and scored twice, while Cleary Jr. added three RBI and a run.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs return to action on Wednesday night for the middle game of the three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for approximately 7:00, and the game is slated for seven innings. Right-hander John Brownell takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs southpaw Brian Burres. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will 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.

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Game Date: 08/23/2016
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  3 AT Long Island Ducks  9

                                 YTD                                   YTD
S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Myers, D LF         5  0  1  1  .281  Vega, A LF          4  1  1  0  .260
Nelson, B 3B        4  0  0  0  .295  Lentini, F RF       5  2  3  4  .325
Sanchez, A 2B       5  1  1  0  .273  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  1  3  3  .325
Snyder, M DH        4  0  2  0  .318  Puckett, C 3B       4  0  1  1  .279
Molina, G C         3  0  0  0  .289  Gotay, R 2B         4  0  0  0  .292
Wilson, Z 1B        4  1  3  1  .272  Colvin, T 1B        4  1  1  0  .196
Walton, J RF        4  0  2  1  .279  Dowd, M C           4  0  1  1  .300
Brown, G CF         4  1  1  0  .237  Blanke, M DH        4  2  2  0  .257
Garcia, E SS        2  0  0  0  .246  Wessinger, M SS     3  2  1  0  .192
                   35  3 10  3                           36  9 13  9

S Maryland           0 0 0   1 0 0   0 1 1 -  3 10  1
L Island             0 0 4   5 0 0   0 0 x -  9 13  0
2B--Snyder, M DH (12), Wilson, Z 1B 2 (32), Lentini, F RF (30), Cleary Jr.,
D CF 2 (14), Colvin, T 1B (7). RBI--Myers, D LF (42), Wilson, Z 1B (55),
Walton, J RF (44), TOTALS  3 (0), Lentini, F RF  4 (65), Cleary Jr., D CF 
3 (42), Puckett, C 3B (63), Dowd, M C (36), TOTALS  9 (0). HP--Molina, G C
(2). SB--Myers, D LF (28), Lentini, F RF (39). E--Nelson, B 3B (11). 
LOB--S Maryland 9, L Island 5. DP--A. Sanchez(2B) - Z. Wilson(1B), M.
Wessinger(SS) - T. Colvin(1B), A. Sanchez(2B) - E. Garcia(SS) - Z.
Wilson(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 S Maryland
Sexton, T (L,2-9)               6.0  12   9   9   1   3   0    6.34
Van Meter, J                    1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    3.86
Moore, N                        1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    3.59
                                8    13   9   9   2   4   0
 L Island
Blevins, B (W,2-8)              6.1   6   1   1   2   5   0    5.83
Perdomo, L                      1.2   2   1   1   1   2   0    5.68
Cabrera, F                      1.0   2   1   1   0   0   0    9.00
                                9    10   3   3   3   7   0
HB--Perdomo, L (1). SO--Snyder, M 2, Molina, G, Wilson, Z, Walton, J 2,
Brown, G, Vega, A 2, Puckett, C, Blanke, M. BB--Nelson, B, Garcia, E 2,
Vega, A, Wessinger, M. BF--Sexton, T 29 (477), Van Meter, J 5 (24), Moore,
N 4 (217), Blevins, B 25 (445), Perdomo, L 9 (9), Cabrera, F 5 (5).
P-S--Sexton, T 85-56, Van Meter, J 13-8, Moore, N 16-8, Blevins, B 86-62,
Perdomo, L 32-19, Cabrera, F 14-9. 
T--2:43.  A--4831
 
Plate Umpire - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #1 - Carl Villanueva, Field Umpire #2 - Tom Gandolfo Jr.

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