(Central Islip, N.Y., June 12, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 7-2 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Long Island built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third inning off Blue Crabs starter Drake Britton. David Washington’s solo home run to left-center field and Emilio Bonifacio’s sacrifice fly to right accounted for the scoring. Southern Maryland evened the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth off Ducks starter Bennett Parry. Angelo Songco’s RBI double and Teodoro Martinez’ RBI single made it a 2-2 ballgame.
The Ducks answered right back with a five-run fifth inning to take the lead for good. RBI singles to center by Jordany Valdespin and Travis Snider, a sac fly to center by Bonifacio and a two-run home run to left-center by Lew Ford did the damage.
Parry (3-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters. Britton (2-3) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings with three strikeouts. Ashur Tolliver and Jake Dunning each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Flock.
Valdespin led the Ducks with three hits, an RBI and two runs. Ramon Cabrera chipped in as well with two hits.
The Ducks and Blue Crabs continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. 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’s a Waddle In Wednesday at the ballpark, and during the game, a special item in the Waddle In Shop will be available at an exclusive discount. The selected item will be announced the morning of the game on LIDucks.com and during the game from inside the ballpark. It’s also an Unused Ticket Day, and fans may exchange their unused tickets from previous games during the 2018 season for tickets of equal or lesser value to Tuesday’s game at the Bethpage Ballpark box office, subject to availability. Left-hander Jake Fisher (2-1, 3.53) takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Paul Clemens (1-1, 2.49).
Tickets to the game, and all 2018 Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game 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 LIDucks.com.
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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