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SANCHEZ STINGS DUCKS WITH BIG NIGHT

Blue Crabs DH drives in five runs to even series at one

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 6-4 in a seven-inning game on Wednesday night, the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the middle game of the series

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Lew Ford and Ruben Gotay talk about the game and Ford's return

Southern Maryland opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single by Angel Sanchez off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame on Ruben Gotay’s RBI double and Mike Dowd’s RBI single off Blue Crabs starter Brian Burres.

Sanchez gave the Blue Crabs the lead back in the third with a two-out, two-run double. However, an RBI single by Gotay in the bottom of the inning pulled the Flock even at three.

The Blue Crabs would go back on top again in the fifth on Sanchez’s two-run home run to left, and they added a bases loaded walk from Michael Snyder in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead. Matt Wessinger launched a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to trim the deficit to two, but the Ducks could not pull even.

Burres (9-8) collected the win, pitching five innings and allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Brownell (8-6) took the loss, yielding six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in six and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Cody Eppley picked up his 24th save despite allowing a run on two hits in the seventh.

Gotay and Lew Ford each had two hits to pace the Flock.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 kids 12 and under will receive Back to School Lunch Boxes, courtesy of SCOPE Education Services. It’s also a Thirsty Thursday! The Duck Club restaurant and bar will be open for all fans to enjoy and will feature both food and drink special, including half price domestics. Left-hander Daniel Herrera toes the rubber for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Gaby Hernandez.

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 follow all the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel 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: 08/24/2016
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  6 AT Long Island Ducks  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Myers, D CF         4  1  0  0  .278  Lentini, F RF       4  0  1  0  .324
Brown, G 2B         4  2  2  0  .241  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  1  0  0  .321
Nelson, B 3B        4  2  2  0  .297  Ford, L DH          3  1  2  0  .329
Sanchez, A DH       4  1  4  5  .288  Gotay, R 2B         2  1  2  2  .297
Snyder, M 1B        3  0  1  1  .319  Dowd, M C           3  0  1  1  .301
Walton, J RF        4  0  1  0  .279  Blanke, M 3B        3  0  0  0  .255
Flores, A C         2  0  1  0  .242  Colvin, T 1B        3  0  0  0  .192
Marte, A LF         3  0  1  0  .230  Wessinger, M SS     3  1  1  1  .194
Garcia, E SS        3  0  0  0  .244  Scura, C LF         2  0  0  0  .105
                                       Vega, A PH         1  0  1  0  .262
                   31  6 12  6                           28  4  8  4

S Maryland           1 0 2   0 2 0   1 -  6 12  1
L Island             2 0 1   0 0 0   1 -  4  8  3
2B--Brown, G 2B (13), Sanchez, A DH (5), Snyder, M 1B (13), Lentini, F RF
(31), Ford, L DH (11), Gotay, R 2B (17). HR--Sanchez, A DH (5), Wessinger,
M SS (2). RBI--Sanchez, A DH  5 (24), Snyder, M 1B (48), TOTALS  6 (0),
Gotay, R 2B  2 (55), Dowd, M C (37), Wessinger, M SS (19), TOTALS  4 (0).
SH--Flores, A C (0). SB--Brown, G 2B (14), Cleary Jr., D CF (24).
E--Flores, A C (5), Dowd, M C (12), Wessinger, M SS 2 (12). 
LOB--S Maryland 6, L Island 4. DP--J. Brownell(P) - T. Colvin(1B), D.
Burawa(P) - M. Dowd(C) - T. Colvin(1B), E. Garcia(SS) - M. Snyder(1B), R.
Gotay(2B) - M. Wessinger(SS) - T. Colvin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 S Maryland
Burres, B (W,9-8)               5.0   6   3   3   1   5   0    3.01
Stem, C                         0.2   0   0   0   0   1   0    5.04
Maine, S                        0.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    4.03
Eppley, C (S,24)                1.0   2   1   1   0   0   1    2.77
                                7     8   4   4   1   7   1
 L Island
Brownell, J (L,8-6)             6.1  11   6   4   0   4   1    3.31
Burawa, D                       0.2   1   0   0   1   0   0    5.25
                                7    12   6   4   1   4   1
WP--Burres, B (8). SO--Brown, G, Snyder, M, Walton, J, Flores, A, Lentini,
F, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L, Blanke, M 2, Colvin, T, Wessinger, M.
BB--Snyder, M, Gotay, R. BF--Burres, B 22 (583), Stem, C 2 (114), Maine, S
(140), Eppley, C 4 (212), Brownell, J 30 (611), Burawa, D 3 (50).
P-S--Burres, B 92-60, Stem, C 6-4, Maine, S 6-3, Eppley, C 19-14, Brownell,
J 98-65, Burawa, D 11-6. 
T--2:24.  A--4875

Plate Umpire - Carl Villanueva, Field Umpire #1 - Tom Gandolfo Jr., Field Umpire #2 - Fred DeJesus