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LONG ISLAND RALLIES LATE TO SPLIT TWINBILL

RBI singles by Krauss and Cleary Jr. give Flock first comeback win of season

(Waldorf, Md., April 23, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks split a single admission doubleheader with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium on Sunday afternoon, dropping the opener 6-1 before rallying to take game two 3-2.

GAME VIDEO: Highlights from the comeback win in game two

Southern Maryland opened the scoring with four runs in the second inning off Ducks starter Keith Couch. A two-run single by Mike Blanke and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Gary Brown highlighted the inning. Long Island closed to within three in the fourth on a mammoth solo home run to left field by Nate Freiman off Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson.

Brown regained the Blue Crabs’ four-run lead with a solo homer of his own to left in the bottom of the fourth. A run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth rounded out the game’s scoring.

Thompson (1-0) earned the win with six innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Couch (0-1) took the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three innings.

A two-run first inning gave the Blue Crabs an early lead in game two, with Zach Wilson’s RBI single and a sac fly from Cory Vaughn doing the damage. The Ducks closed to within 2-1 in the second on a sac fly to left off the bat of Dan Lyons.

It stayed that way until the top of the sixth when Nolan Reimold doubled and then came home on an RBI single by Marc Krauss, tying the game at two. One inning later, Dominic Blanco drew a two-out walk, Fehlandt Lentini pinch ran and stole second, and Delta Cleary Jr. followed with a two-strike, two-out RBI single to give the Ducks the lead for good.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Ducks starter Tim Melville lasted four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout. Blue Crabs starter Brian Grening pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout. David Aardsma (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two, and Cody Eppley (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding a run on one hit and one walk in the seventh. Amalio Diaz picked up his first save of the year with a scoreless seventh, striking out a pair.

Krauss and Cody Puckett had two hits apiece in the second game of the twinbill to lead the Flock.

Following a day off on Monday, the Ducks will continue their season-opening road trip on Tuesday night when they open a three-game series with the Somerset Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action online on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live HD streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Right-hander Matt Larkins gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots righty Tyler Cloyd.

Long Island will return home on Friday, April 28 for the 2017 home opener against the New Britain Bees. 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 fans in attendance will receive Rich Hill Bobbleheads, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early for player introductions along with traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. 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.

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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Game Date: 04/23/2017 (GAME ONE)
Long Island Ducks  1 AT Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  6

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       3  0  0  0  .167  Brown, G CF         3  1  1  2  .250
Cleary Jr., D CF    3  0  1  0  .273  Muno, D 2B          4  0  1  0  .538
Krauss, M 1B        3  0  0  0  .400  Wilson, Z 1B        2  0  0  0  .273
Freiman, N DH       2  1  1  1  .444  Snyder, M DH        3  0  0  0  .182
Songco, A LF        3  0  0  0  .000  Vaughn, C LF        1  1  1  0  .143
Puckett, C 3B       3  0  1  0  .200  Cone, Z RF          3  2  1  0  .333
Burg, A C           2  0  0  0  .273  Palmeiro, P 3B      3  0  1  0  .200
Reyes, E 2B         3  0  1  0  .636  Garcia, E SS        3  1  1  0  .300
Alfonzo, G SS       3  0  0  0  .000  Blanke, M C         3  1  1  2  .200
                   25  1  4  1                           25  6  7  4

L Island             0 0 0   1 0 0   0 -  1  4  2
S Maryland           0 4 0   1 1 0   x -  6  7  0
HR--Freiman, N DH (2), Brown, G CF (1). RBI--Freiman, N DH (4), TOTALS (0),
Brown, G CF  2 (2), Blanke, M C  2 (3), TOTALS  4 (0). SF--Brown, G CF (1).
SB--Cleary Jr., D CF (3), Muno, D 2B (2), Vaughn, C LF (1). E--Puckett, C
3B (1), Alfonzo, G SS (1). 
LOB--L Island 5, S Maryland 5. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Couch, K (L,0-1)                3.0   5   4   3   2   4   0    9.00
Rogers, R                       2.0   2   2   2   1   1   1    9.00
Fuller, J                       1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                6     7   6   5   3   7   1
 S Maryland
Thompson, D (W,1-0)             6.0   4   1   1   2   7   1    1.50
Beal, J                         1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                7     4   1   1   2   7   1
WP--Rogers, R (1). SO--Freiman, N, Songco, A 2, Burg, A, Reyes, E, Alfonzo,
G 2, Brown, G, Muno, D, Wilson, Z, Snyder, M, Palmeiro, P 2, Blanke, M.
BB--Freiman, N, Burg, A, Wilson, Z, Vaughn, C 2. BF--Couch, K 17 (17),
Rogers, R 9 (9), Fuller, J 3 (3), Thompson, D 24 (24), Beal, J 3 (7).
P-S--Couch, K 57-36, Rogers, R 33-17, Fuller, J 12-8, Thompson, D 89-58,
Beal, J 5-4. 
T--1:48.  
 
Plate Umpire - Calvin Baker, Field Umpire #1 - Silvio Martinez, Field Umpire #2 - Ian Kelley


Game Date: 04/23/2017 (GAME TWO)
Long Island Ducks  3 AT Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  1  1  .267  Brown, G CF         2  1  0  0  .214
Songco, A RF        4  0  0  0  .000  Muno, D 2B          3  0  0  0  .438
Reimold, N LF       3  1  1  0  .200  Wilson, Z 1B        3  1  1  1  .286
Krauss, M DH        3  1  2  1  .462  Snyder, M DH        3  0  1  0  .214
Freiman, N 1B       2  0  0  0  .364  Vaughn, C LF        2  0  0  1  .111
Puckett, C 3B       3  0  2  0  .308  Hinshaw, C RF       3  0  0  0  .000
Lyons, D SS         2  0  0  1  .000  Palmeiro, P 3B      2  0  1  0  .250
Reyes, E 2B         3  0  1  0  .571  Garcia, E SS        3  0  1  0  .308
Blanco, D C         2  0  1  0  .500  Wiggins, R C        2  0  0  0  .000
 Lentini, F PR      0  1  0  0  .167   Blanke, M PH       1  0  0  0  .182
 Burg, A C          0  0  0  0  .273       
                   26  3  8  3                           24  2  4  2

L Island             0 1 0   0 0 1   1 -  3  8  0
S Maryland           2 0 0   0 0 0   0 -  2  4  0
2B--Reimold, N LF (1), Snyder, M DH (2). RBI--Cleary Jr., D CF (2), Krauss,
M DH (2), Lyons, D SS (1), TOTALS  3 (0), Wilson, Z 1B (3), Vaughn, C LF
(1), TOTALS  2 (0). HP--Brown, G CF (1). SF--Lyons, D SS (1), Vaughn, C LF
(1). SB--Lentini, F PR (3), Brown, G CF (1). 
LOB--L Island 5, S Maryland 4. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Melville, T                     4.0   3   2   2   1   1   0    4.50
Crider, P                       1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Aardsma, D (W,1-0)              1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
Diaz, A (S,1)                   1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                7     4   2   2   1   5   0
 S Maryland
Grening, B                      6.0   7   2   2   1   1   0    3.00
Eppley, C (L,0-1)               1.0   1   1   1   1   1   0    4.50
                                7     8   3   3   2   2   0
HB--Melville, T (1). SO--Freiman, N, Lyons, D, Snyder, M, Vaughn, C,
Hinshaw, C, Garcia, E, Blanke, M. BB--Freiman, N, Blanco, D, Palmeiro, P.
BF--Melville, T 17 (17), Crider, P 3 (3), Aardsma, D 3 (3), Diaz, A 4 (13),
Grening, B 24 (24), Eppley, C 5 (8). P-S--Melville, T 42-29, Crider, P 7-4,
Aardsma, D 17-12, Diaz, A 19-10, Grening, B 81-50, Eppley, C 18-10. 
T--1:48.  A--2692

Plate Umpire - Silvio Martinez, Field Umpire #1 - Ian Kelley, Field Umpire #2 - Calvin Baker

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