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IronBirds split Monday double-header with Staten Island

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In a Monday double-header with host Staten Island, the Aberdeen IronBirds bounced back from a tough 3-2 loss in the opening contest to beat the Yankees, 4-1, in the evening's concluding matchup.

Both games of the double-header, making up Thursday's game that was rained out, were shortened to seven innings.

Monday's game-two victory was the IronBirds' third win since Friday, making that five-game stretch the most successful Aberdeen has seen so far this season. Prior to beating Brooklyn, 3-2, on Friday, Aberdeen had earned just two victories in 19 games.

Through Monday, Aberdeen held a 5-19 record and was still well at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division. Staten Island sat seven games ahead in third, second-place Brooklyn held an eight game advantage and first-place Hudson Valley led Aberdeen by 13 games.

In the second game of Monday's twin bill, Aberdeen got things moving during the top of the third, with Jay Gonzalez cranking a one-out double. Austin Anderson followed with another double to score Gonzalez and put his team up, 1-0. Anderson eventually came around to score after Staten Island's starter walked two and hit a batter.

Riley Palmer led off Aberdeen's half of the fifth with a single and Hector Veloz followed with a two-run shot over the left field wall, his third round-tripper of the season.

Staten Island scored once in the top of the sixth on reliever Ivan Hernandez with a pair of doubles, but Hernandez held the host team scoreless for the balance of the contest.

Aberdeen reliever Dariel Delgado (1-1) earned the win, striking out one, walking one and holding Staten Island to one hit over one shutout inning. Hernandez struck out three, did not allow a walk and surrendered three hits over two innings.

Starter Augey Bill tossed four innings, striking out one, walking one and holding the hosts to one hit in a no decision.

The first of Monday's two matchups saw Aberdeen battle back to a 2-2 tie, only to see Staten Island come up with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Trailing, 2-0, after four innings, Aberdeen's Federico Castagnini led off the fifth getting hit by a pitch. Palmer singled to put the tying run on base and Oswill Lartiguez moved both his teammates over with a sacrifice bunt. Castagnini scored on an RBI groundout from Austin Pfeiffer, while Palmer came home for the tying run on a double from Austin Anderson.

IronBird relief man Stefan Crichton retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, but Staten Island produced three straight singles, the last of which drove home the game-winning run.

Crichton (1-4) struck out two, didn't give up a walk and allowed three hits over 1-2/3 innings.

Starter Janser Severino went five innings, striking out three, walking one and allowing one earned run on seven hits in a no decision.

'Birds whitewashed

In a marked turnaround from Saturday's 18-run offensive explosion, the IronBirds managed just a pair of hits on Sunday in a 7-0 shutout loss to host Brooklyn.

Aberdeen fell to 4-18 with the defeat.

Federico Castagnini went 1-for-3 with a double, while Austin Pfeiffer was 1-for-3 with a single. The rest of Aberdeen's lineup went hitless.

Aberdeen starter John Means went two innings in a no decision, striking out one, allowing zero walks and holding Brooklyn to one hit.

Matthew Grimes (0-1) was charged with the loss, as he allowed three earned runs on four hits over two innings of work.

Nigel Nootbaar worked two innings in relief, striking out two and allowing four earned runs on six hits. Derrick Bleeker closed out the game for Aberdeen, recording two strikeouts and allowing two hits over two innings.

Plenty of hits

Where hits, runs and victories have been scarce for the IronBirds so far this season, Saturday night provided an entirely different scenario, as Aberdeen pounded out 18 hits in an 18-2 win over host Brooklyn.

The game started normally enough, with the IronBirds plating one run in the top of the first, then adding three more in the third to put Brooklyn back, 4-0.

The fourth inning saw the IronBirds score seven times, while the Aberdeen bats provided five runs in the fifth. A two-run rally in the seventh closed out scoring for the evening.

Brooklyn had one run in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Leading the IronBirds offensive outpouring was Riley Palmer, who went 5-for-6 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Jamil Moquete cranked out a three-RBI double for Aberdeen and scored twice, while Justin Viele was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and one run. Alex Murphy was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs, while Jay Gonzalez went 2-for-6 with three runs and one RBI. Hector Veloz was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Federico Castagnini had one run and one RBI and Brandon Caluccio posted one RBI as well. Tad Gold scored a pair of runs in the victory and Stephen Wilkerson had one run.

Reliever David Hess (1-0) earned the victory, holding Brooklyn to one hit, striking out four and walking two over two shutout innings.

Patrick Connaughton started for Aberdeen and worked two perfect innings in which he recorded three strikeouts. Nik Nowottnick allowed two earned runs on four hits, struck out two and walked two. Daniel Delgado tossed the remaining three innings for Aberdeen, holding Brooklyn two a pair of hits, striking out one and allowing one walk.

One-run win

Playing a road matchup with Brooklyn on Independence Day, the IronBirds celebrated the holiday by topping the hosts, 3-2, for their third win of the season.

With the score knotted, 1-1, heading into the eighth, Aberdeen started what would be the game-winning rally when Steve Wilkerson led off with a double to center. After moving over to third on Riley Palmer's sacrifice groundout, Wilkerson motored home for the go-ahead run when Jay Gonzalez ripped an RBI single up the middle. Gonzalez stole second and moved over to third when the Brooklyn catcher's throw skipped into center field. Oswill Lartiguez eventually knocked Gonzalez home for Aberdeen's final run on an RBI groundout to the pitcher.

Aberdeen had gone ahead, 1-0, in the second, when Federico Castagnini singled to drive in Jamil Moquete, who had reached on a one-out double.

Brooklyn scored once on reliever Josh Walker in the bottom of the third with a walk and an RBI double.

The hosts threatened in their final at-bat, scoring once on Aberdeen reliever Bennett Parry with a single, a double and an RBI groundout. Parry, however, was able to retire the final batter of the game with the tying run on third to preserve Aberdeen's victory.

Parry (1-0) tossed five innings out of the bullpen, striking out six without allowing a walk and holding the hosts to one earned run on five hits.

Tanner Chleborad started for Aberdeen, striking out one, walking one and allowing two hits over two innings.

Walker went two innings in which he struck out four, walked one and surrendered one earned run on one hit.

Gonzalez, the only IronBird with multiple hits, went 2-for-4.

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