BLUE CRABS FALL TO LATE RALLY BY LONG ISLAND
Three Runs in Eighth Drop Blue Crabs in Series Opener
(Central Islip, NY., Jun. 30, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (38-29) were defeated in the series opener against the Long Island Ducks (34-34) 5-3, with the Ducks rallying for three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
The two starting pitchers in this game, Pat McCoy (2-3) for Southern Maryland and Matt Larkins for Long Island, battled through two scoreless innings to start the game. The Blue Crabs were able to open the scoring in the top of the third, pushing across one run in the inning. Edwin Garcia and Jose Lozada connected for back-to-back doubles, scoring Garcia for a 1-0 lead.
The Ducks responded quickly, tying the game in the bottom of third off McCoy. Fehlandt Lentini started the rally, picking up a one-out single to center field. An error on a pick-off from the pitcher moved Lentini to third, where he would score easily on a single from Elmer Reyes two pitches later, tying the game 1-1.
Long Island took their first lead of the two innings later, picking up a run in the bottom of the fifth. McCoy gave up a lead-off double to the veteran Dan Lyons, who advanced to third on a flyball from Lentini. A fielder’s choice from Reyes allowed Lyons to score, putting the Ducks ahead 2-1 heading to the sixth.
The Blue Crabs were able to take the lead back in the top of the sixth, scoring a pair of runs in the inning. L.J. Hoes started the inning with a double, before Zach Wilson reached on an error behind him. A groundout advanced both runners, before a Cory Vaughn hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with just one out. Devon Rodriguez followed with a single to right field, scoring Hoes and Wilson, and putting Southern Maryland ahead 3-2.
The Blue Crabs held the lead through seven, before McCoy ran into more trouble in the bottom of the eighth inning. The southpaw gave up a double and walk, before being lifted with runners on the corners and one out. Zack Thornton came in and forced a weak grounder from Alex Burg, but it was enough to score Anthony Vega and tie the game. Ruben Gotay followed with a double, scoring Angelo Songco and giving the Ducks the lead once again. Gotay came across to score an insurance run two batters later on a Delta Cleary Jr. single, giving the Ducks a 5-3 lead heading to the ninth.
Long Island turned the two-run lead over to their closer, David Aardsma (S,6), to face the 5-6-7 in the Blue Crabs lineup. Aardsma sat down Southern Maryland in order, picking up two strikeouts and a pop fly to finish the game for the Ducks. The loss drops the Blue Crabs lead over the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division to just one game, with three games remaining in the first half.
The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, July 1st for the second game of three game against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thomspon (5-4, 4.02) to the mound, hoping to maintain the slim division lead. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Alfredo Simon (0-2, 9.00), for the MLB veteran’s fourth start with the Ducks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark.
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