Despite rapping out 10 hits and limiting the host-team Staten Island Yankees to just three on Tuesday night, the Aberdeen IronBirds could not manage to plate more than one run in a 4-1 defeat.
With the loss, Aberdeen's fourth straight after a Friday-night victory over Brooklyn, the IronBirds fell to 2-7 on the year, and through Tuesday were at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division.
Aberdeen's three pitchers, starter Jorge Rivera, David Richardson and Enrico Jimenez, were stingy with the hits, surrendering just two singles and a double, but they ran into problems with walks, as the three issued eight combined bases on balls.
Rivera was saddled with the loss, going three innings in which he allowed two earned runs on one hit, struck out three and walked four. Richardson went three innings out of the bullpen, giving up two unearned runs, striking out three and walking one, while Jimenez closed out the game with a two-inning stint in which he recorded three strikeouts and walked three batters.
Aberdeen's lone run came in the top of the second, which Torsten Boss led off with a bunt single. Creede Simpson followed with a single to left, Doug Bream loaded the bags with a base hit up the middle and Sam Kimmel brought Boss home from third on a ground ball single to right field.
Simpson went 3-for-4 with a double in the loss, while Bream was 2-for-4 with a double. Aberdeen's Anthony Caronia, Roderick Bernadina and Lucas Herbst all went 1-for-4 with a single.
The IronBird lineup struck out 10 times, and was 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Before Monday night's game, the IronBirds and Orioles made some roster changes. Joe Velleggia, the Monkton native and Calvert Hall graduate who was picked up the by Orioles in the 2010 draft, was promoted Tuesday from Aberdeen to Baltimore's Class A affiliate, the Delmarva Shorebirds. The first baseman and designated hitter spent his entire 2011 season with the IronBirds, leading the team in home runs (seven) and RBIs (35). In six games with Aberdeen this season, Velleggia recorded two doubles and one triple and three runs scored.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun