LONG BALL LEADS DUCKS TO SWEEP OF BLUE CRABS
Snyder’s Two Homeruns Not Enough for Southern Maryland
(Central Islip, NY., Jul. 2, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (38-31) came up short in the series finale against the Long Island Ducks (36-34) 10-5, finishing off a sweep in the three-game series for the Ducks.
Long Island had the long ball working early and often against Blue Crabs starter Drew Hayes (3-3). After Quintin Berry led-off the bottom of the first with a walk, Lew Ford slugged a two-run homerun, putting the Ducks up 2-0. Giovanny Alfonzo added another to that tally in the second inning with a solo shot of his own.
The Ducks rallied for three more in the bottom of the third, with all of the damage in the inning being done with two outs. Ford got it started this time, picking up a two-out double. Marc Krauss walked behind him, and Elmer Reyes followed with a three-run homerun to left field, giving the Ducks a comfortable 6-0 lead early in the night.
The Blue Crabs were able to get on the board in the top of the fourth, as Michael Snyder picked up a solo homerun with one out in the inning. Long Island answered quickly, extending the lead back to six in the bottom half of the inning. Back-to-back singles put two men aboard to start the inning. After a fielder’s choice advanced Ruben Gotay to third, a wild pitch from reliever Craig Stem allowed him to score.
Snyder homered again for the Blue Crabs in the top of the sixth, his 16th long ball of the season. The Ducks responded quickly again, putting up two runs in the bottom of the sixth. A walk and a single put two men aboard with nobody out, with a balk allowing Gotay to score. After a diving stop on a two-out groundball from Angelo Songco, the ball was thrown away allowing Alfonso to score.
Southern Maryland looked to mount a comeback in the seventh, putting up three runs in the inning. A walk from Luis Alen and a single from Edwin Garcia put two men on with one out. Two batters later, L.J. Hoes singled Alen to put across the first run of the inning. Zach Wilson followed with a single, scoring two and cutting the lead to 9-5.
The Ducks added another run in the bottom of the seventh, as Krauss came around to score after a lead-off double. The Long Island bullpen finished the game off from there, working back-to-back scoreless frames to finish the 10-5 game.
The loss puts the Blue Crabs in a tie for first place with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division at the end of the first-half of the season. Southern Maryland has a make-up game from a rainout with Lancaster scheduled for July 28th. The winner of that game will win the first-half championship, clinching a playoff berth
The Blue Crabs return to action Monday, July 3rd, starting the second half with a four-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (6-2, 2.89) to the mound, looking to start the second half strong. He will matchup with Sugar Land’s RHP Jake Hale (5-2, 2.88), facing his former team for the second time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Monday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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