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.
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 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.