ATLANTIC LEAGUE ~ DIVISION SERIES
Long Island Lead Series 1-0
I - Ducks 4; Blue Crabs 3
II - TONIGHT
LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Eighth Inning Rally Just Enough To Defeat Blue Crabs In Game One.
There's nothing like a little late inning drama to start the playoffs, huh? In several respects however - mission accomplished. The idea is to split games on the road, and win at home, right? Down in the park at Waldorf last night, the Long Island Ducks took a 1-0 lead in their semi final series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
After just the first three batters of the game, the Ducks were in possession of a two run lead. Kraig Binick led off the game with a double. Batting second, Joash Brodin also doubled, scoring Binick. Ray Navarrete then singled to drive in Brodin.
Ducks starter, Randy Keisler, kept the Blue Crabs scoreless through the first four innings. He struck out out the side in the bottom of the first inning, with a walk interspersed. An inning ending double play got Randy out of the second. In the third inning, Randy Keisler struck out the side in order. He pitched himself into big trouble in the fourth, when with one out, he walked two batters and hit a third batter to load the bases. But he managed to induce a foul pop-up, and a force out to escape the inning.
He wasn't as lucky in the fifth inning. Southern Maryland struck for two runs on three hits to knot the game at two apiece.
Randy Keisler pitched six innings in all. He allowed the two runs, and limited the Blue Crabs to four hits. He had troubles with control as he walked four batters. But he was also strong with nine strikeouts.
Coach Biaz went to his bullpen in the seventh. Jared Lansford was first and struck out the side.
In the top of the eighth, Long Island broke the deadlock. Three doubles led to two more runs. Dan Lyons led off with the first double. Joash Brodin followed with another to drive in Lyons. The Brandon Sing delivered a clutch two out double to drive in Brodin for a 4-2 Ducks lead.
Coach Biaz turned to Eric Niesen for the eighth. After retiring the lead off batter, Coach Biaz played match-ups and summoned Jeremy Hill. But a solo home run by Jesse Gutierrez almost thwarted that strategy. Jeremy Hill was able to complete the inning without further damage.
Leo Rosales pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve Long Island's victory, and earned himself the save. Jared Lansford gets credit for the win. A fine effort by Randy Keisler ended up in a no decision.
Brandon Sing drove in what wound up being the game winning RBI.
LONG ISLAND DUCKS
(SP - Matt Way)
South Maryland Blue Crabs
(SP - Matthew Vasquez)
The Baseball Grounds at Waldorf