Aberdeen splits a pair at Hudson Valley

Randy McRoberts
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Fresh off a much needed Friday night win, the Aberdeen IronBirds traveled north to New York Saturday, only to get rained out.

The game was postponed to Sunday with the ‘Birds and Hudson Valley Renegades playing a late-day double-header in a matchup of New York-Penn League McNamara Division foes.

Hudson Valley (33-22) , which leads the division standings. won the opener, 1-0, while Aberdeen (23-31) bounced back to win game two, 4-2.

The IronBirds were of Monday and Tuesday and return home Wednesday for a brief two-game series against Lowell.

Tuesday is also the league’s annual All-Star Game, set for 7:05 p.m. in State College, Pa.

The IronBirds had five players selected to play in the game. They are pitcher Matt Hammonds; infielders J.C. Escarra and Willy Yahn; catcher Cody Roberts; and outfielder Robbie Thorburn.

In Sunday’s game one loss, the lone run scored in the first inning off Aberdeen starter and loser Hector Guance (4-5). A single, walk and double produced the run.

Guance allowed just four hits, a walk and the run over six innings of work. He struck out four.

Aberdeen, meanwhile, just couldn’t find any offense to support the Guance effort. The ‘Birds were shut down on three hits.

Jean Carmona hit a double, while Robert Neustrom and Adam Hall had a base hit each.

In the game two win, Aberdeen hitters came alive to out-hit the Renegades, 8-4.

The top three hitters, Hall, Carmona and Roberts, did most of the damage. Each had two hits with Hall scoring two runs, Carmona driving in two runs and Roberts driving in one.

The ‘Birds scored single runs in the first and third innings, while adding a two-spot in the second.

Irving Ortega added a triple and run scored and Guiyuan Xu had the other hit and run scored.

Gray Fenter started on the hill for the ‘Birds, but didn’t factor in the decision. Fenter gave up two hits, two walks and two runs over three innings. He also struck out four.

Zach Matson (2-1) picked up the win, throwing two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three.

Ryan O’Rourke and Ryan Conroy added a inning each of hitless and scoreless relief. Both struck out a batter and for Conroy, it was his fifth save.

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