Despite rapping out 10 hits on the road Thursday at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the IronBirds came up short on runs and lost, 11-4.
The loss put Aberdeen at 7-11 on the season, and through Thursday's contest the IronBirds were third in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, three games behind second-place Hudson Valley.
The Scrappers were the first to put runs on the board, scoring five times in the second.
In Aberdeen's half of the third, Anthony Vega led off with a single, stole second base, then motored home on Cameron Edman's single to right.
Mahoning Valley produced six runs in the fourth to go ahead, 11-1.
The IronBirds scored three times in the sixth, with Torsten Boss and Jerome Pena supplying two of those tallies via RBI singles.
Three IronBirds were ejected in short order during the loss, starting with Edman, who was tossed by the home plate umpire after being called out on strikes at the start of the seventh. Aberdeen manager Gary Allenson was ejected directly after Edman, and IronBirds' field coach Brad Komminsk was given the thumb for bench jockeying in the bottom of the seventh.
Pena went 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Will Howard was 2-for-4 with one run scored. Scott Kalush had one hit and one run in the loss, while teammate Roberto Ortiz was 1-for-4 with a double. Doug Bream finished 1-for-4 with one run, and Vega was 1-for-2 with three walks.
Taking the loss was Aberdeen starter Cameron Coffey (0-3), who went two innings in which he allowed five earned runs on six hits, struck out four and issued zero walks.
Dustin Ward tossed two innings in relief, allowing six earned runs on five hits, striking out three and walking four.
Alex Schmarzo finished out the game for the IronBirds with a four-inning relief stint, striking out one, and holding the hosts to one hit along the way.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun