In their longest contest of the 2013 season thus far, the Aberdeen IronBirds suffered a tough defeat Monday, losing 3-2 to host Staten Island in 13 innings.
The loss put Aberdeen at 2-6 on the year.
Aberdeen struck first, scoring once in the top of the fifth, but the Yankees went ahead, 2-1, with a pair of tallies in the bottom part of the inning. The IronBirds tied things up at 2-2 in the eighth.
Both teams were silent from the ninth until the bottom of the 13th, when Staten Island pushed the winning run across.
Aberdeen's Anthony Vega was the lone man in the lineup with multiple hits, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, one RBI and one run scored. Kris Richards was 1-for-6 with an one-RBI double and leadoff man Jared Breen scored one run. Sam Kimmel was 1-for-4 with a triple.
Of the seven pitchers Aberdeen sent to the mound, starter Luc Rennie saw the most work, striking out five, walking two and holding the Yankees to four hits and two earned runs over five innings.
Putting up double-digit runs for the first time this season helped the IronBirds to a 10-4 road victory over the Staten Island Yankees Sunday.
Aberdeen trailed, 4-3, heading into the eighth when a six-run IronBirds' rally blew the game open. The guests closed out with one run in the ninth.
Aberdeen right fielder Connor Bierfeldt had a fine day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs. Second baseman Kris Richards went 2-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and one run.
Reliever Michael Joseph (1-0) picked up the win, striking out two, walking two and holding Staten Island to one hit over three innings.
Aberdeen wins in extras
The IronBirds coughed up a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning in Brooklyn Saturday night, but came back in the 10th to score the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Cyclones.
The win was Aberdeen's first after starting the season with five straight losses.
IronBirds starter Sebastian Vader settled for a no-decision after dominating the Cyclones' lineup for eight full innings. Vader left after the eighth with 10 strikeouts, no walks and having held Brooklyn to three hits and no runs.
Aberdeen reliever Williams Louico came on in the ninth and surrendered four earned runs on three hits, allowing Brooklyn to tie the game.
The IronBirds' Kris Richards hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th that put Aberdeen back on top, 5-4.
Aberdeen's Hector Veloz was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Scott Kalush and Jared Breen each scored two runs. Richards finished the game 2-for-4 with two singles.
The first IronBirds win of 2013 went to reliever Jorge Rivera (1-0), who tossed 1-1/3 innings, striking out two and giving up two hits.
The IronBirds lost to the Cyclones, 4-2, in Brooklyn Friday night. With that defeat, Aberdeen fell to 0-5 for the year.
The IronBirds led, 2-0, after 5-1/2 innings, but the hosts tied things up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, then went ahead for good with two more tallies the following inning.
Hector Veloz led Aberdeen at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI, while teammate Trey Mancini was 2-for-4 with one run. Austin Wynns was 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Jeff Kemp, a Bowie native selected in the 33rd round of this year's draft, picked up his first professional hit, going 1-for-4 with a single, and scored one run.
Birds shut down
Playing their first road game of the season Thursday night, the IronBirds suffered a 3-0 shutout loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The Aberdeen lineup left eight men on base and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
IronBirds second baseman Kris Richards went 3-for-4 with three singles, while Hector Veloz and Jared Breen both went 1-for-4 with a double.
Aberdeen starter Austin Urban (0-1) struck out four, walked three and allowed one earned run on six hits over 4-1/3 innings.
The defeat dropped Aberdeen to 0-4; three of those losses have been shutouts.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun