May 17, 2013 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks
(Waldorf, MD) "" The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 7-5 on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning on a Joash Brodin two-run double off Blue Crabs starter Ian Marshall. Southern Maryland answered back with five runs in the second inning on an Alvin Colina RBI single, and a Cesar Nicolas grand slam.
The Blue Crabs tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning on a RBI double by Brian Barton and a Jose Julio-Ruiz RBI single. Ray Navarrete hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to close the gap to 7-5, but that was as close as the Ducks would come.
Marshall (3-1) earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, on four hits while striking out four. Nick DeBarr (0-4) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings of work. Jim Ed Warden earned his six save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
Ray Navarrete led the Ducks with two hits and three runs batted in, while Joash Brodin added two RBI.
The Ducks continue their three-game series against the Blue Crabs Saturday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Right-hander Connor Graham gets the ball for for the Ducks against Blue Crabs lefty Michael Ballard. Fans can follow all the action live on the radio home of the Ducks, 103.9-FM WRCN.
Long Island returns home on Friday, May 24 when they host the Blue Crabs in the first game of a three-game set. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. It\'s "Don\'t Fry Day" with Skin Cancer Awareness, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Duck Mini Bats, courtesy of Stony Brook Children\'s Hospital. Tickets for the game and all Ducks regular season home games are now on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX.