In that game-winning eighth inning, Mancini and Austin Wynns led the inning off with singles. Bierfeldt followed with a slow bouncer to shortstop Curt Powell. Powell's throw to first sailed high, allowing Mancini to score and Wynns and Bierfeldt to advance to third and second base, respectively.
After Veloz struck out, Pedro Perez grounded out to shortstop. With the infield in, Wynns took off on contact. Powell got the out at first, allowing Wynns to score. On his throw to first, Bierfeldt took off for third, forcing a throw from first baseman Pat Leyland. His throw skipped into foul territory, allowing Bierfeldt to also score.
Federico Castagnini (2-for-4) was the only IronBird to have multiple hits. Jimmy Yacobonis pitched two scoreless and hitless innings to earn the win.
'Birds come home and lose
The Aberdeen IronBirds returned to the comfortable confines of Ripken Stadium Friday, but the New York-Penn League game with the Connecticut Tigers was anything but comforting. Connecticut, with a four-run, seventh inning outburst, beat the IronBirds, 8-2.
With the loss, Aberdeen (31-29) saw its McNamara Division lead slip to just a half game once again because the Brooklyn Cyclones (32-31) pounded the Vermont Lake Monsters, 10-2. Hudson Valley (30-33) was also a winner, to get back to within two and a half games.
In Aberdeen's loss, the IronBirds were limited to just five hits and two runs. They scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Hernandez tripled into the right field gap with one out and scored on a single by Tanner Rust in the fifth, while Aberdeen's second run came after a Veloz triple and an Wynns' groundout.
Connecticut's Austin Schotts and Curt Powell were the biggest problems for the IronBirds as they wreaked havoc all night. Schotts got on base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored, a walk and three stolen bases. Powell went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk. He also drove in three of the Tigers' eight runs.
Mancini stayed hot for Aberdeen, banging out two hits in three trips to the plate.
Austin Urban was charged with the loss for the IronBirds, dropping his record to 1-5. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out one.
'Birds head home with loss
Finishing up a two-game road trip in Hudson Valley Thursday night, the Aberdeen IronBirds tried to come away with a sweep, but the Renegades had other ideas.
Hudson Valley scored single runs in four different innings to send the IronBirds away with a 4-2 defeat. The loss dropped Aberdeen to 31-28, but its one and a half game lead was still intact as Brooklyn lost again to Staten Island, 7-1.
Aberdeen, meanwhile, could muster just single runs themselves, scoring one in the second inning and one in the ninth.
Bierfeldt singled and scored on an Wynns' RBI groundout in the second, while Byron Capellan singled in Hector Veloz for the run in the ninth. Capellan, from Frederick, is with Aberdeen on a rehab assignment.
Pitcher issues for Aberdeen aided two of Hudson Valley's runs. Reliever Janser Severino came on in the fifth with runners on first and second. Consecutive wild pitches led to the Renegades second run. In the seventh, Severino balked in the third Hudson Valley run. The Renegades final run was the result of an error and Severino's third wild pitch.
Bierfeldt and Veloz each had two hits to pace a nine-hit Aberdeen attack. Hudson Valley had six hits.