Holding a 2-0 lead after five innings of their Wednesday night home contest with the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Aberdeen IronBirds coughed up four runs over the balance of the game without scoring themselves.
The 4-2 defeat at the start of a six game Ripken Stadium homestand knocked Aberdeen down to 18-33 on the season.
Following two scoreless innings to start the game, Aberdeen got things moving in the bottom of the third when Jay Gonzalez reached base on a fielder's choice with one out. After stealing second base, Gonzalez scored the first run on the game on Justin Viele's ground-rule double over the right field fence.
In the home half of the fifth, Cory Segui led off single to left, then moved over to second on a passed ball. Following a walk by Viele, Alex Murphy knocked Segui home from second with an RBI base hit to left.
Unfortunately for the IronBirds, there were no other runs to be had.
The Lake Monsters broke through in the sixth, tagging reliever Stefan Crichton for a run on three base hits.
Crichton allowed the tying run in the top of the seventh, as the Lake Monsters scored on a double and a single.
Matt Trowbridge came out of the Aberdeen bullpen for the eighth and surrendered a pair of runs on two singles, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Aberdeen's Riley Palmer singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth, which brought Oswill Lartiguez to the plate representing the tying run, but Lartiguez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The IronBirds went down in order in the ninth.
Trowbridge (0-1) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits and surrendering two walks over one inning of work.
Aberdeen starter Tanner Chleborad went four innings in a no decision, striking out three, walking one and holding Vermont to a pair of hits.
Crichton lasted three innings, surrendering two earned runs on six hits and recording neither a strikeout or a walk over that stretch.
Augey Bill came on in the ninth and tossed a perfect inning of relief, striking out two of three hitters he faced.
Segui, the lone IronBird with multiple hits, went 2-for-4 with a double. Stephen Wilkerson was 1-for-4 with a double in the loss, while Austin Anderson finished the game 1-for-3.
Through Wednesday's game, the IronBirds were still at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, 5.5 games behind third-place Staten Island, trailing second-place Brooklyn by nine games, and a distant 18.5 games in back of the division-leading Hudson Valley team.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun