On the day the Aberdeen IronBirds introduced Hunter Harvey as a team member, they also returned to the confines of Ripken Stadium Monday and celebrated with a win.
Trey Mancini's three RBI night lifted the IronBirds to a 5-3 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Mancini gave Aberdeen (30-26) an early lead, blasting a two-run home run in the first inning. Mancini then added an RBI double in the seventh to put the IronBirds back ahead and for good. Hudson Valley (27-32) had tied the game 3-3 in the top of the inning.
Janser Severino picked up the win in relief, coming into the game in the seventh after the game was tied. Severino pitched two and two-third innings to earn the win, giving up a hit and walk, while striking out two.
Sebastian Vader started and pitched into the seventh, allowing 10 singles. He walked two and also struck out two.
'Birds lose road finale
Playing the last contest of a three-game road set with the Connecticut Tigers on Sunday, the Aberdeen IronBirds managed just three hits and one run in a 4-1 loss.
The defeat, Aberdeen's second straight after winning three in a row following last week's New York-Penn League All-Star Game, dropped the IronBirds to 29-26 for the season, but they remained in first place in the McNamara Division, a game ahead of Brooklyn.
Connecticut scored the game's first run in the fifth, and Aberdeen was able to tie things up 1-1 in the top of the eighth. The Tigers, however, dropped two runs in the home half of the inning, then blanked the IronBirds in the ninth to seal up the win.
Sam Kimmel went 1-for-4 with Aberdeen's only RBI, as he drove in Tanner Rust with a single in the eighth. Trey Mancini went 1-for-4 with a double, and Jared Breen went 1-for-3.
Reliever Donnie Hart took the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits, striking out three and walking one over two innings.
First loss since All-Star break
The IronBirds' modest three-game win streak was snapped Saturday night with a 5-3 road loss to the Connecticut Tigers.
Sam Kimmel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, while Hector Veloz, the only other IronBird with an extra-base hit, was 1-for-3 with a double and one run scored. Jeff Kemp went 1-for-2 with one RBI, and George Barber was 1-for-3 with one RBI. Conor Bierfeldt was 1-for-3 with one run in the loss.
IronBird starter Austin Urban (1-4) was saddled with the loss. Over four innings, Urban struck out three, walked one and allowed four earned runs on seven hits.
Third straight win
The Aberdeen men had their bats working on Friday night, as the IronBirds rapped out 16 hits and double-digit runs in a 10-2 win over the host Connecticut Tigers.
Leading the Aberdeen offense was Trey Mancini, who went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Federico Castagini was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer, and teammate Hector Veloz went 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
Starter Mitch Horacek, who earned the win to improve to 5-2 for the season, went six innings, striking out eight, walking three and allowing two earned runs on three hits.
'Birds rally late Thursday
The IronBirds scored four times in the eighth inning of their Thursday home contest with Staten Island to break a 6-6 tie, then shut the visitors down in the ninth to seal up a 10-6 victory.
Aberdeen's Sam Kimmel went 1-for-5 with a two-RBI double and one run scored, while Austin Wynns was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run. Conor Bierfeldt went 2-for-3 with a double and a team-best two runs. Jared Breen led the IronBirds in hits, poking out three singles and scoring once.
IronBirds reliever Alex Santana (1-1) earned the win, going 3-1/3 innings in which he struck out six, walked one and held Staten Island hitless.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun