Blue Crabs get swept

Four-run third in­ning leads Ducks to se­ries fi­nale win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Com­ing off back-to back se­ries wins the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs weren’t able to keep that mo­men­tum in the At­lantic League three-game road tilt in Long Is­land at Beth­gate Ball­park in Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y.

The Ducks shut out the Blue Crabs 10-0, giv­ing up just three hits in the first game of Tues­day’s dou­ble­header and took the sec­ond game by a score of 4-2 to clinch the se­ries win. Long Is­land wrapped up the three-game se­ries on Wed­nes­day night with a 4-1 vic­tory in the se­ries fi­nale.

Long Is­land (53-49 over­all, 17-15 sec­ond half), which won its sixth straight game, led Bridge­port by a 1/2 game for the top spot in the Lib­erty Divi­sion stand­ings en­ter­ing Thurs­day.

The Ducks scored all four runs in the bot­tom of the third frame off of Blue Crabs start­ing pitcher Gaby Her­nan­dez.

Delta Cleary Jr. ripped a two-run dou­ble to start the rally. Cleary then scored on Marc Krauss’ RBI sin­gle. Later in the in­ning, Alex Burg capped things off with a RBI dou­ble, bring­ing Krauss to home plate.

Ducks starter Hen­der­son Al­varez picked up the win, giv­ing up just one run which came on a Cory Vaughn RBI dou­ble in the top of the third. He al­lowed just four hits with two strike­outs in five in­nings of work, while the bullpen kept the Blue Crabs off the score­board the rest of the way, al­low­ing just one hit. Amalio Diaz de­liv­ered with his sec­ond save in two days.

Her­nan­dez got the loss, giv­ing up four runs on seven hits with eight strike­outs. He also walked three bat­ters. At the plate, the Blue Crabs left nine run­ners on base.

South­ern Mary­land (51-50, 13-19) re­turned home to face Long Is­land again in a four-game se­ries which was sched­uled to kick off Thurs­day and run through Sun­day. On Mon­day, the Blue Crabs are sched­uled to host Lan­caster in a makeup game for the Free­dom Divi­sion first-half cham­pi­onship. Then they will head to New Bri­tain for a three-game se­ries start­ing Tues­day.

“It was a rough se­ries,” said Blue Crabs man­ager James Fris­bie. “We had a tough dou­ble­header [Tues­day] and

[on Wed­nes­day] left too many run­ners on base. Long Is­land are play­ing well in the sec­ond half. We just have to get some con­sis­tent of­fense and get a rhythm go­ing. The guys are play­ing hard. We just have to bounce back.”

The story of the first game was Ducks starter Al­fredo Si­mon, who shut down the Blue Crabs and came within two outs of col­lect­ing a no-hit­ter. The

right-handed ace struck out seven and walked just two bat­ters over seven in­nings. Af­ter re­tir­ing 11 straight bat­ters, Blue Crabs Michael Sny­der broke up Si­mon’s no-hit­ter on a one-out sin­gle in the sev­enth. Si­mon threw 108 pitches, 65 for strikes.

Long Is­land, which fin­ished with 13 hits in the game, was led by Gio­vanny Al­fonzo with three hits and two RBIs, while Ruben Go­tay (solo home run), An­thony Vega and Dan Lyons also fin­ished with two hits. Alex Songco

added a hit with three RBIs and a dou­ble.

Blue Crabs starter Eric For­nataro suf­fered the loss, giv­ing up six runs on nine hits and a walk in three in­nings. He struck out two.

In game two, Long Is­land scored the first run of the game in the third in­ning when Alex Burg scored from third on a passed ball by Blue Crabs catcher Ryan Wig­gins.

Sny­der re­sponded in the fourth frame with a two-run homer, his 22nd of the sea­son, off of Ducks

starter Tyler Levine to put the Blue Crabs up 2-1.

Long Is­land ral­lied in the bot­tom of the sixth with three runs off of Blue Crabs starter Brian Gren­ing. A Elmer Reyes two-run dou­ble and a Burg sac­ri­fice fly ac­counted for the scor­ing dur­ing that span.

Levine did not fac­tor into the de­ci­sion but pitched 4 1/3 in­nings, al­low­ing just two runs on two hits with one strike­out. Rob Rogers picked up the win for the Ducks, go­ing an in­ning and a third, giv­ing up just

one hit. Diaz got the save af­ter pitch­ing a score­less ninth.

Gren­ing suf­fered the loss, giv­ing up four runs, three earned on eight hits with two walks and one strike­out in 5 1/3 in­nings of work.

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