(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 7-3 in seven innings on Friday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning when Boog Powell singled and later scored on a wild pitch by Blue Crabs starter Tony Dibrell. A sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Powell in the second made it 2-0 Long Island. It stayed that way until the sixth when Southern Maryland tied the game at two on Alex Crosby’s single to right and Isaias Quiroz’s sac fly to left off Ducks starter Robert Stock.
A five-run seventh inning, highlighted by K.C. Hobson’s three-run home run to right and Quiroz’s two-run homer to left, put the Blue Crabs on top 7-2. Joe DeCarlo’s solo homer to left in the bottom of the seventh rounded out the scoring.
Ducks starter Robert Stock did not factor into the decision but tossed five and two-thirds innings of two-run ball (one earned) allowing eight hits while striking out eight. Dibrell (2-3) earned the win, pitching six innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out five. Al Alburquerque (4-1) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits and a walk in the seventh.
The Ducks continue their homestand tonight when they open a three-game series against the Gastonia Honey Hunters. 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 Boy Scouts Night at the ballpark, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Mini Bats, courtesy of Dime Bank. It’s also a Tap Room Friday, and Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for 20% off your entire meal at any of The Tap Room’s five locations on Long Island as fans exit the ballpark. It’s a Grand Slam Friday as well. The sixth inning will be designated as the Grand Slam Inning, and if the Ducks fourth batter of the inning launches a home run with the bases loaded, one lucky fan will win $25,000. Right-hander Justin Alintoff (2-1, 3.81) gets the start for the Ducks against Honey Hunters righty Zach Mort (10-2, 5.06).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available 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 live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8.5 million fans have enjoyed the Ducks brand of affordable, fun entertainment at Fairfield Properties Ballpark since inception in 2000. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
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