WP: R. Kussmaul (4-2), LP: C. Eppley (3-4), TIME: 3:32
(Central Islip, NY. August 14, 2015)— Southern
Maryland came into the night 3-9 in the month of August, and were looking to
beat a team they have struggled with this season in the Long Island
Ducks. After a couple of opportunities late, Southern Maryland was unable
to push enough runs across as they fell to the Ducks 7-6 in ten innings.
Southern Maryland got off to a great start in the top of the
first, scoring four runs, Casey Stevenson started the rally with a one out
walk, followed by a Zach Wilson, and Jovan Rosa single to load the bases for
Gustavo Molina. Gustavo got a great pitch to hit, and drove it over the
wall in left to record the first grand slam of the season for Southern Maryland
to make it 4-0.
In the top of the second Casey Stevenson doubled to right,
followed by a double to left by Zach Wilson to score Stevenson to make it
5-0. Long Island cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the
second. Anthony Vega’s RBI single scored Cody Puckett to make it
Long Island scored four unanswered runs in the fourth and
fifth combined. After scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth, Delta
Cleary Jr. started things off with a single left field. Cleary Jr. stole
second base, and the next hitter Dan Lyons ripped a double to right field to score
Cleary Jr. to make it 5-3. LHP Trey Barham was summoned out of the
bullpen by manager Stan Cliburn, and the next hitter Sean Burroughs lashed a
single to first to put runners at first and third. The next hitter Cody
Puckett walked to the dish and doubled to right field to score Dan Lyons to
make it 5-4. Mike Blanke reached base on an error by the shortstop Casey
Frawley to score the tying run Sean Burroughs to make it 5-5.
Both teams were held scoreless in the next two innings, and
in the bottom of the eighth, Long Island took the lead. After a Lentini
single, he would later score on a steal of home to make it 6-5.
Southern Maryland rallied and tied it in the ninth.
LHP Donnie Veal came on to pitch for Long Island. Grant Zawadzki singled
to start the rally. Tyler Wagner then walked to put the next hitter Casey
Stevenson in a bunting situation. Casey would drop down the bunt, and
reach base on the error by the first baseman Sean Burroughs to load the
bases. After a 6-2-3 double play, Tyler Wagner scored the tying run on a
wild pitch to make it 6-6.
Long Island was held scoreless in the bottom of the ninth,
and in the top of the tenth, the Blue Crabs provided nerve racking moments by
loading the bases for Grant Zawadzki with one out. Grant grounded into a
4-6-3 double play to end the threat. In the bottom of the tenth, Dan
Lyons led things off with a single. Sean Burroughs advanced to first on
fielder’s choice, followed by a Cody Puckett single to load the bases.
Mike Blanke then smashed a single to right field to score Dan Lyons to walk it
off for the Ducks.
Zach Wilson and Casey Stevenson each had two hits for
Southern Maryland, while Long Island outhit Southern Maryland 14-12, led by
Cody Puckett who had three hits, and Letini, Lyons, and Vega who each had two
The Blue Crabs look to pick up a win in game three of this
series tomorrow night. RHP Bruce Kern (6-3, 3.09) will start for Long
Island, while RHP Brian Grening (3-6, 4.50) will throw for Southern
Maryland. The first pitch is set for 6:35 P.M.