In his first 207 trips to the plate since joining the pro baseball ranks last season, Aberdeen first baseman Doug Bream had failed to smack a pitch over the outfield wall for a home run.
In his 208th at bat, which came in the seventh inning of the IronBirds' Sunday home tilt with the Brooklyn Cyclones, Bream snapped the drought at the most opportune moment, with the bases loaded, making his first professional round-tripper a grand slam. Unfortunately, Bream's four-RBI homer accounted for all but one of their tallies, and the IronBirds ended the game on the wrong end of a 10-5 score.
Trailing 8-0 and having managed just two hits over the first six innings, Aberdeen's Roderick Bernadina started off the home half of the seventh with a walk. Torsten Boss followed with a single, and after Joe Velleggia flied to center for the first out, Joel Hutter loaded the bags by earning a base on balls.
Up next was Bream, who promptly cut the Brooklyn lead in half by belting a pitch into the Aberdeen bullpen beyond the right field fence. The IronBirds' quickly loaded the bags again, with Anthony Vega earning a walk, while Sam Kimmel and Will Howard each hit a single. Creede Simpson was responsible for Aberdeen's final RBI, as he hit a groundout that allowed Kimmel to scurry home from third.
That was all the scoring for Aberdeen, which trailed throughout the final game of the homestand. The Cyclones started scoring in the first with one run, added two more in the fourth, scored three times in the third, then added one run in both the sixth and seventh. Following Aberdeen's five-run outburst, the guests padded their lead by two in the ninth.
Notes: Bream, who signed with the Orioles out of Liberty University last year as an undrafted free agent and spent the 2011 season in the Gulf Coast League, was the lone IronBird with multiple hits in Sunday's loss, going 2-for-4 with a double in addition to the home. Aberdeen leadoff man Will Howard, who went 1-for-4 on Sunday, has collected at least one hit in all seven of the IronBirds' games. The defeat dropped Aberdeen to 2-5 on the year. The IronBirds head north for three games with Staten Island starting Monday and then three at Brooklyn, before returning home next Sunday, July 1, to take on Staten Island.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun