Five-Run First Gives Ducks Series Victory

(Waldorf, Md., April 29, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 7-4 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Ducks erupted for five two-out runs in the first inning against Blue Crabs starter Brandon Cumpton. An RBI single from David Washington, a bases loaded walk to Alec Sole and a three-run double by Dan Lyons did the damage. The Blue Crabs scratched out a run in the bottom of the inning on a fielder’s choice, but Travis Snider’s RBI double in the second put the Flock back up by five.

Southern Maryland closed to within 6-4 in the third with three runs off Ducks starter John Brownell. Johnny Bladel’s two-out, two-run single highlighted the inning, but that was as close as the Blue Crabs would come. Sole’s two-out RBI single in the fifth capped the scoring.

Brownell (1-0) collected the win, pitching five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four. Cumpton (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on nine hits and two walks in four and two-thirds innings. Vinnie Pestano earned his first save of the year, recording the game’s final five outs.

Snider, Washington and Jordany Valdespin each had two hits to pace the Flock. Lyons drove in three runs, while Sole had two RBI.

The Ducks return to action on Tuesday night when they open a three-game series in New Jersey against the Somerset Patriots. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at Left-hander Andrew Barbosa gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots southpaw Rick Teasley.

Following a week-long, season-opening road trip, the Ducks will return to Long Island for Opening Night on Friday, May 4 against the Blue Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive QuackerJack OYO Minifigures, courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:15 to enjoy team introductions and traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. Tickets for the game, and all 2018 Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

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

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