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Southpaw strikes out 10 to lead Long Island in series opener

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks shut out the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 9-0 on Tuesday night in the opening game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a bases loaded walk by Chris Shaw. It stayed that way until the fifth when RBI singles by Vladimir Frias and Lew Ford off Blue Crabs starter Misael Siverio extended the advantage to three.

L.J. Mazzilli doubled to right-center in the seventh, scoring Frias, to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Five more runs came home in the ninth to round out the scoring for the Flock. Sal Giardina’s solo home run to right-center. Frias’ RBI fielder’s choice, a fielding error that scored Frias and Steve Lombardozzi and an RBI single by Deibinson Romero did the damage.

Ducks starter Darin Downs (3-4) was outstanding to earn the win. He tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out a season-high-tying 10 batters. Siverio (1-6) took the loss, conceding four runs on nine hits and three walks over seven innings with six strikeouts. Dylan Peiffer tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief for the Ducks.

Frias led the Flock offensively with three hits, two RBIs and four runs scored. Mazzilli added three hits, an RBI and a run, while Giardina and Johnni Turbo each chipped in with two hits.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs play the middle game of their three-game set on Wednesday night. 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 Billy Joel Night and Waddle In Wednesday at the ballpark! The Ducks will be celebrating the legendary music of Long Island native Billy Joel throughout the game. In addition, fans will be able to enjoy a special discount on a select item in the Waddle In Shop during the ballgame. Right-hander Scott Harkin (4-0, 2.05) takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Daryl Thompson (11-2, 3.02).

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. 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 in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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