Parry Dominates Early; Blue Crabs Rally Late
(Waldorf, Md.) - The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 3-2 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.
Both sides traded zeroes until the top of the sixth inning when the Ducks strung together four consecutive two-out hits. RBI singles to right field by Lew Ford and L.J. Mazzilli gave the Flock a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Crabs closed to within 2-1 in the seventh on an RBI single to right by Tony Thomas. They would rally again in the ninth to win the game on a sac fly to right by Thomas and a two-out RBI single to left by Rubi Silva.
Ducks starter Bennett Parry dominated on the mound but did not factor into the decision. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson (2-1) earned the win, pitching all nine innings, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out eight. Enrique Burgos (2-1) took the loss for the Ducks, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Mazzilli led the Flock with three hits on the night. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Hector Sanchez each chipped in with two.
The Ducks and Blue Crabs continue their four-game set on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.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 Darin Downs (0-0, 3.46) takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Craig Stem (1-1, 1.42).
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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