There's no quit in the Ducks. Since the calendar turned to June, there have been no losses, either.
Reegie Corona's one-out single to centerfield in the bottom of the ninth drove in Lew Ford and gave the Ducks a 5-4 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Sunday in front of 5,457 fans at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.
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It was the seventh straight win for the Ducks (26-16) and their fourth walk-off victory of the season. Their last loss came on May 31.
Corona stepped into the box against Southern Maryland reliever Justin Berg with the bases loaded and one out. After Ford's leadoff double and Cody Puckett's flyout, Southern Maryland intentionally walked Jon Griffin. Then, after a wild pitch put runners on second and third, the Blue Crabs intentionally walked Prentice Redman to get to Corona, whose average had dropped 110 points in a little less than a month.
"I knew [Berg] threw a lot of heavy sinkers and I was just trying to get one up," Corona said. "He was a little wild today. I just waited for a good pitch and made a swing."
The Ducks brought a 4-1 lead into the ninth, but neither Southern Maryland nor the afternoon sun was going to let them get away with an easy victory.
Antone DeJesus' two-out fly ball to rightfield went off Bryan Sabatella's outstretched glove and rolled onto the warning track, driving in Craig Maddox to tie the score. "It went into the sun, but it came back out of it and hit me in the glove," said Sabatella, who was charged with an error. "Either way, I have to catch that."
Sabatella lost a fly ball in the sun earlier in the inning on what was scored as a double by Zach Wilson. Wilson scored on Maddox's two-out single and Daryle Ward added an RBI single to make it 4-3.
Sabatella went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. His two-run single in the fifth gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead. After Mike Blanke lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth, Sabatella walked with the bases loaded in the eighth to extend the Ducks' lead to 4-1.
For the second time in two weeks, Ducks reliever Ryan Kussmaul blew a save but still earned the win. Ducks starter Mickey Jannis, who took a no-hitter into the eighth last Tuesday, allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 1.52.
Southern Maryland got a run off Jannis in the fifth, ending his scoreless-innings streak at 21. In his last seven games, four of which he started, he has a 0.97 ERA.