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IronBirds close homestand with 10-5 loss

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The Aberdeen IronBirds closed out their six-game homestand Monday with a 10-5 loss to the Jamestown Jammers, concluding the stand with a 2-4 record. Aberdeen's record slipped to 20-36.

Aberdeen held leads of 2-0 and 5-4, but Jamestown came from behind and with six runs in the seventh and eighth innings, pulled away for the win.

Tanner Murphy hit a two-run single for Aberdeen and Jay Gonzalez added an RBI single. Alex Murphy extended his hitting streak to a season best 12 games with a seventh inning single.

On the downside, the IronBirds committed five errors, tying a season high.

Record hits and a win

Unable to score a run in Saturday night's loss, Aberdeen responded in a big way Sunday, beating the Jammers, 10-4, at Ripken Stadium.

Murphy extended his hitting streak to team-best 11 games and Austin Anderson hit his first professional home run.

Murphy's hit came in the IronBirds' three-run third inning, while Anderson's blast came in the fourth inning when Aberdeen scored six runs. Hector Veloz and Riley Palmer also hit home runs in the inning and Federico Castagnini had two doubles and a run scored in the inning.

Alexi Casilla crossed the plate with his third run of the game in the fifth to finish the Aberdeen scoring. Casilla finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley picked up his second win of the season, working a season-high seven innings. Tarpley allowed eight hits, three earned runs and two walks. He struck out four.

Aberdeen tied a franchise record for most hits in a game with 19. The 'Birds fell one home run shy of tying the franchise record for most in a game and Anderson's four RBIs set a new team high for individual RBIs in a game.

Shut out Saturday night

The IronBirds lost 2-0 Saturday night at Ripken Stadium. Visiting Jamestown scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, breaking up a scoreless pitching duel.

John Means got the start for Aberdeen and was terrific. He went five innings, allowing four hits and striking out six. Means did not walk a batter and has walked just one batter all season.

Reliever Derrick Bleeker suffered the loss, giving up a single, triple and sacrifice fly.

Muphy highlighted the loss, singling in the first inning, to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

A Friday win

With two frustrating home losses suffered the previous two evenings, the Aberdeen IronBirds were out for blood on Friday night, scoring five times in their first at-bat en route to an 8-2 victory over the visiting Vermont Lake Monsters.

The victory pushed Aberdeen to 19-34 for the season.

The IronBirds plated five in the bottom of the first, then scored once in both the third and fourth to run up a 7-0 lead. Vermont scored once in the fifth, while Aberdeen countered with its final run in the sixth. The visitors notched one final tally in the top of the ninth.

Leading the IronBirds at the plate was Oswill Lartiguez, who went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Hector Veloz was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and one run, while Tanner Murphy posted the exact same offensive line, driving in two runs and scoring once on a double and a single.

Jay Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with one run, and Austin Anderson was 2-for-5 with one run in the victory. Stephen Wilkerson was 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI, and Cory Segui was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Federico Castagnini scored once for Aberdeen.

Aberdeen starter David Hess (2-1) earned the win, going five innings in which he struck out six, allowed no walks and gave up one earned run on four hits.

Luc Rennie struck out six, walked two and allowed one earned run on two hits over four innings to earn the save.

Thumped at home Thursday

The Aberdeen IronBirds suffered a second straight home loss Thursday night, as they were thumped, 9-1, by the visiting Vermont Lake Monsters.

Following two scoreless innings to start the game, Aberdeen went ahead in the bottom of the third.

Austin Anderson started Aberdeen's lone scoring rally, reaching base on a two-out single. After Alex Murphy moved Anderson over to third with a double, Riley Palmer and Hector Veloz earned back-to-back walks to drive Anderson home.

Vermont scored three times on Aberdeen starter Lucas Long in the top of the fourth to go ahead for good. Long (0-2), who took the loss, exited after the fourth with one strikeout and one walk, having allowed three earned runs on four hits.

Aberdeen reliever Nik Nowottnick held the visitors scoreless through the seventh, allowing two hits over three innings.

Vermont hammered IronBirds reliever Nigel Nootbaar for six runs (five earned) in the top of the eighth to go ahead 9-1.

Max Schuh came on to pitch the ninth and struck out two batters while allowing one hit.

The IronBirds were not lacking for hits in the defeat, as they finished with 10, just one behind Vermont's 11. Murphy and Riley Palmer both went 2-for-3, while Anderson was 2-for-4.

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