The Aberdeen IronBirds held on to win their first game back after the All-Star break, defeating visiting Staten Island, 5-4, on Wednesday at Ripken Stadium.

The win propelled Aberdeen to 27-24 overall, and through Wednesday the IronBirds were still holding on to the top spot in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division. Brooklyn was one game back in second place, Hudson Valley was behind by 2.5 games and last-place Staten Island was six games out of first.

Sebastian Vader, making his first relief appearance of the season, tossed five innings to earn the win. At 5-3 on the year, Vader struck out six, walked one and allowed three earned runs on six hits.

Trey Mancini and Conor Bierfeldt both belted solo homers in the victory.


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Closer Donnie Hart tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out one of the three hitters he faced, to grab his second save of the season.

All-Star appearances

All four of the Aberdeen IronBirds named to the New York-Penn League's A.L. All-Star squad made their way into Tuesday's night's contest, which ended with the American League side taking a 4-3 win over the N.L. representatives.

The most successful of the four Aberdeen players was pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis, who struck out one and surrendered one hit without allowing a walk in one inning of relief work.

Designated hitter Mancini was the lone Aberdeen position player to get a hit, as he went 1-for-2 with a single.

Right fielder Mike Yastrzemski and catcher Austin Wynns both went 0-for-2 and did not make it on base.