(Central Islip, N.Y., May 8, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 7-2 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the third inning on an RBI single to center field from Kirk Nieuwenhuis off Blue Crabs starter Craig Stem. Southern Maryland tied the game in the fourth when Rubi Silva tripled to left off Ducks starter Tim Adleman and scored on Frank Martinez’s RBI groundout.
Long Island took the lead back at 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single to right by Mike Olt and an RBI double to left by Hector Sanchez. A four-run sixth inning for the Flock put the game out of reach at 7-1. Olt’s RBI ground-rule double to left-center, a sac fly to right by Rey Fuentes and a two-run single to left by Steve Lombardozzi did the damage.
Adleman (2-0) earned the win, pitching five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out five. Stem (1-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Kam Mickolio and Alex Katz each pitched two innings of relief for the Ducks.
Olt led the Flock offensively with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at a special time of 5:00 for all fans. Prior to the game, the Ducks will host a qualifying competition for the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, which will get underway at approximately 5:30 on the field. To celebrate the hot dog eating qualifier, fans will be able to purchase Nathan’s Hot Dogs from the concession stands at Bethpage Ballpark for just $2 during the entire game. It’s also the first Thirsty Thursday of the season! Fans will be able to enjoy various drink deals, including half-price domestic draft beers, in the brand new Adult Zone, which is located on the main concourse down the left field line. Left-hander Darin Downs (0-0, 6.43) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Brandon Cumpton (0-2, 6.30).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the 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 video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel.
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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