The Blue Crabs were looking to split the series with the Long Island Ducks on Sunday afternoon, following the previous night’s 2-0 win. Right-hander Daryl Thompson tossed four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, three of them earned. The Blue Crabs bullpen allowed three more runs to score, and the Ducks won 9-6.
Left fielder Anthony Vega hit a solo homer to center field on the first pitch of the game to give the Ducks the early lead. The Blue Crabs answered in the bottom of the inning, when D’arby Myers singled, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Bryant Nelson also singled, followed by a base hit by Alfredo Marte to drive in the run. Ryde Rodriguez led off the second inning with a solo shot to make the score 2-1. In the bottom of the third, Marte reached first on a fielder’s choice, and Norberto Susini and Eric Garcia followed with a pair of singles to bring the run home and give the Blue Crabs a 3-1 advantage.
The Ducks rallied with two outs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Mark Minicozzi led the inning off with a walk, and Matt Wessinger reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by Bryant Nelson. Vega singled to drive in Minicozzi from third, and Fehlandt Lentini hit a three-run bomb to put the Ducks on top.
In the top of the fifth, designated hitter Mike Dowd singled to right field, and catcher Mike Blanke hit the third home run of the game to give the Ducks another two runs. Orlando Santos entered the game for Daryl Thompson and allowed the Ducks to take a 9-3 lead after giving up a walk, a triple, and a single.
The Blue Crabs cut into their six run deficit in the bottom of the seventh when Nelson singled and Marte homered to bring in two runs. Richardson, Nelson, and Myers loaded the bases in the eighth with three straight base hits. Michael Snyder hit into a 6-4-3 double play allowing Richardson to score from third. Eric Garcia doubled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Blue Crabs weren’t able to put any more runs on the board.
Cody Eppley, Brian Burres, Jamar Walton, Bryant Nelson, and Michael Snyder were selected for the Atlantic League All-Star game and will play for the Freedom Division in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on July 13th.
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