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DUCKS RETURN FAVOR AND BLANK BLUE CRABS

Pitching staff holds Southern Maryland to three hits for first shutout

(Photo courtesy of Sandy Van Essendelft)

(Waldorf, Md., April 29, 2015)
– The Long Island Ducks shut out the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 3-0 on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the shutout victory

Cody Puckett put the Ducks in front with a mammoth solo home run to left field in the second inning off Blue Crabs starter Brian Burres. It remained 1-0 until the fifth when Evan Crawford doubled the lead on a two-out RBI single to center. Long Island added an insurance run in the eighth inning thanks to Mike Blanke’s two-out RBI single to left.

That was more than enough for Mickey Jannis (1-0) to earn his first win, as he tossed five innings, allowing just two hits while striking out three. Burres (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Ryan Kussmaul earned his fourth save of the year with a perfect ninth inning, and four Ducks relievers combined to allow just one hit over four innings while striking out five.

Long Island and Southern Maryland wrap up their four-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium. Right-hander Mark Rogers gets the start for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty and former Duck Shaun Garceau. Fans can follow all the action live online, with streaming audio available via the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks will return home for the 2015 Home Opener on Friday, May 1 when they face the Sugar Land Skeeters. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Lew Ford Bronze Figurine, courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son. 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.

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Game Date: 04/29/2015
Long Island Ducks  3 AT Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  0

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG
B.Sabatella RF      5  0  1  0  .115  A.DeJesus CF        4  0  0  0  .130
E.Crawford DH       3  1  1  1  .261  C.Frawley SS        4  0  0  0  .231
L.Ford CF           4  0  0  0  .167  C.Maddox C          4  0  1  0  .222
C.Puckett 3B        3  1  1  1  .316  C.Hankerd LF        4  0  0  0  .421
J.Griffin 1B        4  0  0  0  .150  D.Ward 1B           3  0  0  0  .318
M.Blanke C          4  0  1  1  .125  F.Lewis RF          3  0  0  0  .286
R.Corona 2B         4  0  1  0  .214  C.Stevenson 2B      3  0  0  0  .143
A.Vega LF           2  1  1  0  .273  J.Walton DH         3  0  0  0  .000
D.Lyons SS          4  0  0  0  .200  R.Osuna 3B          3  0  2  0  .667
                   33  3  6  3                           31  0  3  0

L Island             0 1 0   0 1 0   0 1 0 -  3  6  1
S Maryland           0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  0  3  2
2B--C.Maddox (1). HR--C.Puckett (2). RBI--E.Crawford (1), C.Puckett (3),
M.Blanke (1). SB--E.Crawford (3), A.Vega (2). CS--B.Sabatella (2), A.Vega
(1). E--D.Lyons (1), D.Ward (1), R.Osuna (1). 
LOB--L Island 7, S Maryland 4. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
M.Jannis (W,1-0)                5.0   2   0   0   0   3   0    0.00
T.Organ                         1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    6.75
A.Diaz                          1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.25
H.Ambriz                        1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
R.Kussmaul (S,4)                1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                9     3   0   0   0   8   0
 S Maryland
B.Burres (L,0-1)                6.0   4   2   1   1   4   1    1.64
W.Korpi                         0.2   1   0   0   0   1   0   40.48
S.Keeler                        1.0   1   1   1   2   1   0    4.50
T.Barham                        1.1   0   0   0   1   2   0    5.40
                                9     6   3   2   4   8   1
WP--B.Burres (1). PB--C.Maddox. SO--B.Sabatella 2, E.Crawford, L.Ford,
M.Blanke, A.Vega, D.Lyons 2, A.DeJesus, C.Frawley, C.Maddox, C.Hankerd,
D.Ward, F.Lewis 2, J.Walton. BB--E.Crawford, C.Puckett, A.Vega 2.
BF--M.Jannis 18 (18), T.Organ 3 (12), A.Diaz 3 (15), H.Ambriz 4 (10),
R.Kussmaul 3 (13), B.Burres 24 (43), W.Korpi 3 (6), S.Keeler 6 (11),
T.Barham 4 (6). P-S--M.Jannis 72-47, T.Organ 7-7, A.Diaz 12-7, H.Ambriz
8-7, R.Kussmaul 10-7, B.Burres 95-60, W.Korpi 7-6, S.Keeler 21-13, T.Barham
17-10. 
T--2:28.  A--1616

Plate Umpire - Nate Caldwell, Field Umpire #1 - Darrin Sealey, Field Umpire #2 - Dane Ratajski