Mazzilli one hit shy of the cycle
(Waldorf, Md., Sept. 16, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 15-6 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game midweek series at Regency Furniture Stadium.
Southern Maryland took a 1-0 advantage in the last of the first versus Long Island starting pitcher Joe Iorio when Zach Collier plated Rubi Silva with a triple into the right field corner after Silva was issued a free pass with one man down. Long Island sent ten men to the plate in top of the third against Southern Maryland starter Kolton Mahoney to open up a 7-1 advantage, highlighted by a sacrifice fly from L.J. Mazzilli, a two-run double off the bat of Hector Sanchez, and a three-run home run to centerfield produced by Ramon Flores.
The Ducks opened up a 9-1 cushion in the fourth frame on sacrifice flies courtesy of Steve Lombardozzi and Deibinson Romero that allowed Johnni Turbo (double, team-leading 26th stolen base) and Vladimir Frias (walk, 16th stolen base) to cross the plate. Mazzilli was at it once again in the sixth as he launched a two-run home run to left field for his eighth roundtripper of the campaign which gave the visitors an 11-4 lead. The Flock added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth making it 13-4 thanks to a two-run base knock from Chris Shaw that scored Frias and Lombardozzi.
Iorio (11-2) picked up the victory, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in six innings on the mound, walking three while striking out a season-high eight. Mahoney (7-5) suffered the loss, giving up nine runs on six hits (one home run) in four innings pitched, walking four, striking out three, hitting a batter, and tossing a wild pitch. Mazzilli led the offensive charge for the Ducks with a single, double, home run, three runs batted in, and his 16th stolen base in as many attempts.
Long Island returns home on Friday evening to begin a three-game weekend series with 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). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by NYCB. It's a Flash Sale Friday as well! From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, fans will have the opportunity to receive a special ticket offer for a future Ducks game. This exclusive deal is available by phone only at (631) 940-TIXX. Left-hander Darin Downs (4-4, 4.33) gets the nod for the Flock against a starting pitcher yet to be announced for the Revolution.
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