After 40 games of the New York-Penn League's 2013 season, the Aberdeen IronBirds were sitting even at .500 through Monday night, having won 20 and lost 20.
In the McNamara Division standings, Aberdeen was tied for second with Brooklyn, and two games behind first-place Hudson Valley. Staten Island sat in last, three games behind the IronBirds.
From last Thursday's game through Monday's double-header with Staten Island, the IronBirds went 3-3, and saw some notable offensive performances.
Breen breaks record
Jared Breen, Baltimore's 24th-round selection in this year's draft and Aberdeen's full-time shortstop, seemingly had a team-best hitting streak stopped back on July 17, when he went 0-for-5 in Aberdeen's 5-1 win over Vermont. The 22-year-old infielder had collected a hit in the 17 previous contests, which tied him for the club record with former major leaguer Brandon Fahey, who set the mark during the IronBirds' 2002 season.
Fortunately for Breen, he had an ace in the hole, as one of the games that had been postponed during the hitting streak, a June 25 matchup in Staten Island, was picked back up on Sunday night, giving him a few more at-bats to set a new team record.
In the top of the eighth inning, Breen came to the plate having not posted a hit in his previous four games, and popped a single off the Staten Island pitcher, thus extending his hit streak to a club-record 18 games.
Hitting streak aside, Breen has had a rough time at the plate of late, going 2-for-37 in his last 10 games.
Mike Yastrzemski, Baltimore's 14th-round pick this year, has been a terror at the plate lately, putting together a nine-game hit streak that extended from July 20 through Monday's contest, and breaking into the home run column for the first time in his professional career.
Yastrzemski came up with his first round-tripper on Friday night when he hit a solo shot in the ninth of a 3-1 loss to Hudson Valley.
Then, in the first game of Monday's double header at Staten Island, the 22-year-old outfielder notched his second home run, hitting another solo job in the third inning.
"Yastrzemski is a real asset to the team," IronBirds manager Matt Merullo said before his team headed out for its four-trip road on Thursday. "He hits almost .500 off left-handed pitching, he finds ways to get on base, and he just battles. He's a good base runner, doesn't make many mistakes, and he can play all three of the outfield positions."
Split double header
On Monday, the IronBirds split a double-header with the Staten Island Yankees, winning the first game, 5-1, but dropping the second, 7-3.
In the opening-game victory, Aberdeen's Mike Yastrzemski led the way for his team's offense, bashing the second home run of his professional career, a solo job in the third inning, and finishing the contest 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.
Austin Wynns was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while Jared Breen had one RBI as well. Sam Kimmel, Conor Bierfeldt and Jeff Kemp all scored one run.
Orioles' hurler Steve Johnson, who is with the IronBirds as part of a rehab assignment while he bounces back from a strained oblique muscle, made his second start for Aberdeen, tossing 3-2/3 shutout innings in which he struck out two, walked one and held Staten Island to a pair of hits.
Reliever Augey Bill (1-0) went 3-1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the year, striking out one, issuing zero walks and surrendering one earned run on three hits.
The second game was not as kind to Aberdeen, as the IronBirds were topped, 7-3, by the hosts.