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MATT’S MASTERPIECE PUTS DUCKS UP 2-0


(Waldorf, Md., Sept. 27, 2012)
– The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 3-1 on Thursday night in Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Ducks now lead the best-of-five series two games to none.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the Ducks' Game Two victory

GAME STORY: Check out a recap of Thursday's win, courtesy of Newsday

GAME PHOTOS: Browse photos from Game Two in this Facebook Photo Album

Both teams exchanged zeroes until the bottom of the fifth when Richard Mercado hit a solo homer off Ducks starter Matt Way to give the Blue Crabs a 1-0 lead. It stayed that way until the Ducks scored two off Blue Crabs starter Matthew Vasquez. Joash Brodin grounded out to first, but Mitch Canham scored on the play, and Dan Lyons followed when the throw from first got away.

Brandon Sing added an insurance run in the ninth on a mammoth solo homer to left, and Leo Rosales retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.

Way (1-0) dazzled for the win, tossing eight innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits while striking out 10. Vasquez (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs (two earned) on seven hits in eight innings of work. Rosales earned his second save of the postseason with the perfect ninth.

Sing and Shawn Williams led the Flock with two hits apiece.

The best-of-five series shifts to Bethpage Ballpark on Friday night where the Ducks and Blue Crabs play Game Three. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza. Right-hander Bob Zimmermann takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Gabriel Hernandez.

Tickets for the game and all Ducks home playoff games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or visiting www.liducks.com. Fans unable to make the game can follow all the action live on the radio at MyCountry 96.1 FM and online at LIDucks.com by clicking the Watch Live icon on the homepage. Streaming video and audio will be provided by iBN, the Internet Broadcast Network.

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GAME DATE: 09/27/2012
Long Island Ducks  3 AT Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG
K.Binick CF         3  0  0  0  .143  J.Owens CF          4  0  0  0  .111
J.Brodin RF         4  0  0  1  .375  C.Benjamin 2B       4  0  0  0  .000
R.Navarrete DH      4  0  0  0  .125  B.Barton LF         4  0  2  0  .429
B.Sing 1B           4  1  2  1  .375  J.Gutierrez 1B      3  0  0  0  .333
B.Nelson 3B         4  0  1  0  .250  C.Nicolas DH        3  0  0  0  .000
L.Cruz LF           4  0  0  0  .000  R.Mercado C         3  1  1  1  .143
S.Williams 2B       4  0  2  0  .250  M.Padgett 3B        3  0  1  0  .167
M.Canham C          4  1  1  0  .333  K.Rios SS           3  0  0  0  .143
D.Lyons SS          3  1  1  0  .333  M.Daniel RF         3  0  0  0  .167
                   34  3  7  2                           30  1  4  1

L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   0 2 1 -  3  7  0
S Maryland           0 0 0   0 1 0   0 0 0 -  1  4  2
2B--B.Nelson (1). HR--B.Sing (1), R.Mercado (1). RBI--J.Brodin (3), B.Sing
(2), R.Mercado (1). SH--K.Binick (0). SB--R.Navarrete (1), S.Williams 2
(2). E--J.Gutierrez (1), M.Padgett (1). 
LOB--L Island 5, S Maryland 2. DP--D. Lyons(SS) - M. Way(P) - B. Sing(1B).

                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
M.Way (W,1-0)                   8.0   4   1   1   0  10   1    1.13
L.Rosales (S,2)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                9     4   1   1   0  12   1
 S Maryland
M.Vasquez (L,0-1)               8.0   6   3   2   0   2   1    2.25
E.Morlan                        1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
                                9     7   3   2   0   3   1
SO--B.Sing, S.Williams, M.Canham, J.Owens 2, C.Benjamin 2, J.Gutierrez 2,
C.Nicolas, M.Padgett, K.Rios 2, M.Daniel 2. BF--M.Way 27 (27), L.Rosales 3
(6), M.Vasquez 31 (31), E.Morlan 4 (4). P-S--M.Way 104-70, L.Rosales 14-11,
M.Vasquez 103-64, E.Morlan 13-10. 
T--2:29.  A--3592

Umpires: Plate Ump - Chase Edmondson, Field Ump #1 - Hank Himmanen, Field Ump #2 - Eric Diaz, Field Ump #3 - Matt Beaver