Sunday's game was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the seventh, when the Cyclones scored once. Aberdeen tied the game in the top of the eighth, then rallied for four runs in the ninth. Brooklyn got within one run in its final at-bat, but the Aberdeen bullpen shut the door before the hosts could even things up.

Mike Yastrzemski had Aberdeen's hottest bat on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and one run scored. Conor Bierfeldt was 2-for-5 with a solo home run and Jared Breen was 2-for-3 with one run scored.

Reliever Janser Severino (3-4) tossed 1-2/3 innings to pick up the win, striking out four, walking one and holding the Cyclones to one hit.

Whitewashing Brooklyn

In their most important game to date this season, the Aberdeen IronBirds came through with a huge 7-0 shutout victory over host Brooklyn on Saturday night to recapture first place in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division.

Aberdeen ace Sebastian Vader (7-3) added to his collection of fine starts, striking out four, walking one and holding Brooklyn batters to four hits over seven innings to earn the win.

Reliever Alex Santana closed out the game for Aberdeen, striking out four, walking one and allowing two hits over two innings.

Aberdeen's Austin Wynns went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Tanner Rust went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, while Trey Mancini was 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Conor Bierfeldt was 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run, while Jared Breen picked up one RBI. Mike Yastrzemski and Jeff Kemp both had one run in the victory.

Topped by one

Trailing the visiting Hudson Valley Renegades, 6-1, after six innings at Ripken Stadium Friday night, the Aberdeen IronBirds (35-32) nearly clawed their way back to a tie, but came up one run short in a 6-5 loss to the guests.

Aberdeen plated one run in the first, then watched as Hudson Valley came through with six tallies over the next three innings. In the seventh, the IronBirds scored four times, but were stopped before they could even things up.

Through Friday's game, Aberdeen was still holding the second spot in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, a half game behind first place Brooklyn, which also lost its Friday contest.

Leading the Aberdeen offense was Mike Yastrzemski, who went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Conor Bierfeldt was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, while Trey Mancini, the only IronBird with multiple hits, went 2-for-3 with one run. Ronarsy Ledesma, Jared Bree and Federico Castagnini each scored once in the loss.

IronBirds starter Dylan Rheault (0-2) took the loss, going 3-2/3 innings in which he struck out one, walked one and allowed five earned runs on nine hits.

Pitching duel

Three Aberdeen hurlers combined to toss a shutout against the visiting Hudson Valley Renegades on Thursday night, helping the IronBirds to take an key 1-0 victory.

Aberdeen, however, was still a half game out of first place in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, as Brooklyn had won its Thursday matchup with Staten Island, 2-1. The IronBirds fell out of first place Wednesday, when they lost to Lowell and Brooklyn took a victory.

Aberdeen starter Austin Urban (2-5) earned his second win of the season, striking out three and scattering six hits without issuing a walk over six innings.

Jimmy Yacabonis tossed two innings of relief in which he allowed one hit, struck out two and walked one.

Donnie Hart picked up his fourth save of the year, getting through the ninth inning allowing one hit.

The IronBirds' lone run came in the bottom of the second, when Conor Bierfeldt rocked his team-best 10th home run of the season.