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Southpaw strikes out six over six innings of two-run ball

(Photo courtesy of Bert Hindman)

(Waldorf, Md., Aug. 21, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 6-3 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Ducks took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Johnni Turbo scored from first on a throwing error and Steve Lombardozzi followed with an RBI single to center field. The Blue Crabs answered right back in the home half of the third on two-out RBI singles from David Harris and Alex Crosby off Ducks starter Darin Downs.

Turbo restored Long Island’s lead in the third with an RBI single to left off Blue Crabs starter Misael Siverio. It stayed that way until the seventh when Vladimir Frias plated Ty Kelly with an RBI groundout to first, making it a 4-2 game. Two more runs came across in the eighth on Ramon Flores’ RBI single and Sal Giardina’s RBI double, both with two outs.

Southern Maryland closed to within 6-3 in the eighth on Joe DeLuca’s double play ball that scored Crosby. However, they would get no closer.

Downs (2-4) earned the win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and no walks while striking out six. Siverio (0-4) suffered the loss, conceding four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks over seven innings with seven strikeouts. Danny Barnes picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Flores, Kelly and Turbo each had two hits to lead the Flock. Flores and Turbo each had an RBI and a run while Kelly scored twice.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. 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 in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro (1-4, 8.18) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Daryl Thompson (8-2, 3.43).

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, August 24, to begin a three-game set against the York Revolution. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s Under the Seat/Bikini Bottom Night at the ballpark and a Triple Play Tuesday, where one lucky fan can win $25,000 if the Ducks turn a triple play during the game. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball, and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. For further information, visit or call (631) 940-DUCK (3825).

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