Blue Crabs Pinch Ducks with Big First Inning
aldorf, Md.) - The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 5-3 on Wednesday morning in the third game of a four-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.
Southern Maryland jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning against Ducks starter Brett Marshall. An RBI double by Tony Thomas, a run-scoring groundout from Craig Maddox and an RBI single by Edwin Garcia did the damage.
Long Island closed to within 3-1 in the third on Steve Lombardozzi's RBI double to left off Blue Crabs starter Brandon Cumpton, but a solo homer by Rubi Silva to left-center in the bottom of the inning made it a 4-1 game. Vladimir Frias lifted a sacrifice fly to left in the fifth, scoring Daniel Fields, but an RBI single by Cory Vaughn in the bottom of the frame increased the Blue Crabs lead to 5-2.
David Washington doubled to left-center in the sixth, scoring Lombardozzi to trim the Ducks deficit to 5-3. However, Long Island was unable to pull even.
Cumpton (1-2) earned the win, tossing six innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Marshall (1-2) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs on five hits and two walks over three innings with four strikeouts. Mat Latos picked up his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Lombardozzi, Washington and Fields each had two hits to lead the Ducks offensively.
The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their four-game set on Thursday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel. Left-hander Jake Fisher (1-1, 6.14) gets the ball for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Michael Kelly (0-1, 7.50).
Long Island returns home on Friday, May 17, to begin a four-game series against the New Britain Bees. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It will be Flashback Friday, and fans will be able to enjoy 2000 season pricing on select Ducks individual game tickets purchased via the team's in-game vendors. Field box seats for future Ducks games will be just $9, while box seats will be only $8 (restrictions apply). In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for a free regular sub (no purchase necessary) and $2 off any size sub at Jersey Mike's Subs to fans as they exit the ballpark. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
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