IronBirds reliever Nick Cunningham (1-1), who came out of the bullpen with one down in the 12th and retired the side, tossed a perfect 13th to earn his first win of the season. Through 1-2/3 innings, Cunningham struck out three Hudson Valley hitters.
Kimmel, who extended his hitting streak to nine games earlier in the contest with a single, finished the game 2-for-6. Anthony Vega was 2-for-5 and Tanner Rust went 2-for-4. Kimmel's double was Aberdeen's only extra-base hit of the contest.
IronBirds starter Steven Brault went four innings, striking out two without issuing a walk and holding Hudson Valley to three hits.
The victory pushed Aberdeen, which is 3-1 in extra-inning games, to 6-8 for the season.
Last night at home
Aberdeen ended its five-game homestand Sunday night with a 6-2 loss to the Staten Island Yankees.
The defeat dropped Aberdeen to 5-8 for the year.
Following a Staten Island score in the top of the third, Aberdeen tied it up, 1-1, in the bottom half of the inning. The IronBirds jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the fourth, but the Yankees went ahead for good with two runs in the fifth. Staten Island added two more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth.
Aberdeen leadoff man Sam Kimmel extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 2-for-4 with one run scored. Hector Veloz blasted a solo home run, his second round-tripper of the season, while Trey Mancini was 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Winning streak busted
Playing at Ripken Stadium Saturday night, the IronBirds saw a three-game win streak end with a 4-1 loss to Staten Island.
Staten Island scored all four of its runs in the opening inning.
Aberdeen's lone tally came in the seventh on a solo homer by shortstop Jeff Kemp.
Sam Kimmel was the only IronBird with multiple hits, finishing the game 3-for-4.
Aberdeen in extras again
Leading 1-0 in the top of the ninth on Friday night, and with just one out in front of them before claiming victory, the IronBirds watched visiting Staten Island push the tying run across and force the game into extra innings. That did not deflate the hosts, however, and Aberdeen rallied for the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to take a 2-1 victory.
After failing to score in the bottom of the ninth, and holding the Yankees hitless in the top of the 10th, Aberdeen got back-to-back one-out singles from Sam Kimmel and Tanner Murphy in the bottom half of the inning. Jared Breen earned a walk to load the bases, and with Kris Richards at the plate, the Staten Island hurler uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Kimmel to score the walk-off run.
Aberdeen had six hits in total, all of which were singles.
Reliever Harry Marino (1-0) got his first win of the year by tossing a perfect 10th inning.
'Birds battle back
The IronBirds battled back from 5-1 deficit Thursday night to top the Brooklyn Cyclones, 7-5, at Ripken Stadium.
IronBirds starter Sebastian Vader (1-1) earned his first win of the season, going five innings in which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits.
Aberdeen's Anthony Vega had a season-best night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and one run scored.h a double, three RBIs and one run scored.