From the desk of: WADDLING THROUGH BROOKLYN
LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Running a Very Close Second in a Race Against Blue Crabs.
So far, both teams have flip-flopped and owned a piece of first place in the Liberty Division this season. The South Maryland Blue Crabs currently own the spot with the Ducks only a game behind. South Maryland was home against the York Revolution tonight, while the Ducks played host to the ever-travelling Road Warriors.
Pre-Game Standings ~ LIBERTY DIVISION:
1) - South Maryland Blue Crabs...... 17-11 .607
2) - Long Island Ducks.......................16-12 .571 ~ 1 game back
Over their last ten games, each team was 5-5 respectively. Long Island were winners of their last game while South Maryland dropped theirs. By 9:00pm Thursday evening, both teams had completed six innings in their respective games. The Ducks led the Road Warriors 7-2 and the Crabs were leading 5-1 over the Revs.
Over in Long Island, the Ducks were enjoying a big six run 4th inning highlighted by a Lew Ford 2 run home run and triples by Dan Lyons and Kennard Jones. In South Maryland, the Blue Crabs rode the wave of a big five run sixth inning on their way to a 9-2 victory. The Crabs' Jeremy Owens hit a three run home run to seal that game for S. Maryland and keep their one game lead over the Ducks in the Liberty Division standings in tact.
The Ducks kept pace with the Crabs by beating the Road Warriors 7-2 to continue their early season race running almost neck and neck with (the) Crabs. The teams are almost mirroring each other, but right now South Maryland is leading by a nose. Or is it a claw?
DUCKS ~ Mike Loree Strikes-Out Ten:
6.1 ~ innings pitched.
9 ~ hits.
2 ~ runs/earned.
1 ~ walk
10 ~ Strikeouts.
Mike lowered his era to 2.40 while improving his record to 4-1 this season. His ten strikeout performance tonight gives him 37 K's in 30 innings pitched while walking only 9 batters.
Duaner Sanchez pitched the ninth inning surrendering only a walk while striking out two.
Right fielder Kraig Binick went 1 for 4 and dropped his batting average below the .400 mark.
Ray Navarrete ~ DNP.