LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Flock Off To Go Mess With Texas.
Led by the bats of Cody Puckett and Adam Bailey, the Long Island Ducks completed a four game sweep of the visiting Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The Ducks rapped 13 hits against their opponents, and only fanned once in gaining an 8-3 victory in Thursday night's series finale.
Puckett was 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, and 3 RBI. Bailey went 3 for 3, and likewise produced a double and his team leading 5th home run of the season to go along with a pair of RBI. Lead-off batter Fehlandt Lentini also had a productive night at the plate, going 3 for 4, with a walk, an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Making his third start of the season, Jared Lansford climbed the hill for Long Island, and was opposed by Southern Maryland's Ian Marshall. Jared pitched 5 innings, allowed 2 runs (but none earned) walked 3 and struck out 3 to earn his first victory of the season. Ian Marshall was knocked out of the box after just 2.2 innings pitched, and allowing 5 earned runs on 8 hits.
The Blue Crabs picked up their third run of the game in the 6th off reliever Steve Garrison. Otherwise, Josh Lansford continued his scoreless innings streak in the 7th, while Jon Meloan and Jeremy Accardo finished out the bullpen's contribution with 2 scoreless innings of work.
Defensively however, this was not one of Long Island's sharpest games, as they committed 4 errors.
With a 7-3 record over their last 10 games, the surging Ducks have transformed themselves into hottest team in the division, and now boast an overall 14-11 mark. They remain 2.5 games behind the division leading Somerset Patriots (17-9), whom were Thursday night winners over Camden.
The Flock were forced into a hasty departure from Bethpage Park, as Friday evening they begin a four game Memorial Day Weekend series against Tracy McGrady and the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas.