(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 28, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-1) dropped game two against the Long Island Ducks (1-1) 12-2, behind 11 hits from the Long Island offense.
The Ducks got started early, as Jordany Valdespin led off the game with a single, and immediately stole second. A single from Tyler Holt put runners on the corners, with a fielder’s choice from Travis Snider scoring the opening run in the game.
The Blue Crabs looked to respond right away, as a two-out double from Ryan Strausborger put a runner in scoring position for Xavier Paul. The clean-up hitter came through with a single, but a strong throw from left fielder Daniel Fields cut down the runner at the plate.
A solo homerun from Cory Vaughn tied the game in the second, before the Long Island offense came alive in the third. Another single from Valdespin started the inning, before Sean O’Sullivan (0-1) issued a walk to Holt. Snider broke his bat on a ground ball to second that crossed up the infield, with the error loading the bases. Lew Ford capitalized on the bases loaded opportunity, picking up a two-RBI single. David Washington then crushed a three-run homerun, giving Long Island a comfortable 6-1 lead.
The Ducks added another in the fourth when Snider drove in Dan Lyons with a single. The Blue Crabs got one back in the fifth, cutting the deficit back to five runs. Joey Wong singled, before scoring from first on an Edwin Garcia double. Jake Fisher (1-0) stranded Garcia in scoring position in what proved to be his final inning on the hill for Long Island.
After a scoreless sixth, the offense picked back up in the seventh. A single from Valdespin and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Ford once again. This time Ford was hit by the pitch, allowing Valdespin to score, adding another run to the tally.
Valdespin’s night wasn’t done though, as he added a three-run homerun in the eighth, his fourth hit of the night. The Ducks added another to the total on an RBI single from Washington, bringing the score to 12-2. Carlos Pimentel came on to finish out the game, getting the last six outs to secure the win for Long Island and even the series.
The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, April 29th for the final game in the series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brandon Cumpton to the make his Southern Maryland debut against veteran RHP John Brownell. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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