Lew Ford’s two-hit night on his birthday not enough for Flock to complete series sweep

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 12, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 11-0 on Thursday night in the final game of a four-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Southern Maryland’s offense jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Zach Collier’s two-run double and David Harris’ RBI single. The Blue Crabs were then fueled by four home runs. Rubi Silva, Matt Hibbert and Joe Luca each hit a solo homer in the third, fifth and sixth innings, respectively, while Alex Crosby added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Blue Crabs starter Blake Bivens (2-2) earned the win, tossing all nine innings, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out three. Ducks starter Joe Iorio (7-2) took the loss, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits and two walks over five innings with three strikeouts.

Vladimir Frias and Lew Ford led the Ducks offensively with a pair of hits apiece.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive “There’s No Place Like Home” Ducks T-Shirts, courtesy of Dime Bank. It’s also a Flash Sale Friday, and fans can enjoy a special buy one, get one free ticket offer for our Billy Joel Night game on September 8. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro (1-3, 6.39) gets the start for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Nile Ball (1-4, 4.66).

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).

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