The Aberdeen IronBirds first road trip of the season ended Tuesday in a three-game sweep at the hands of the Staten Island Yankees.
The IronBirds lost 3-2 to the unbeaten Yankees (5-0), while Aberdeen limps home with a 1-4 mark. The IronBirds hope that the home confines of Ripken Stadium will provide better results. The 'Birds will open their home season Wednesday night, hosting the Auburn Doubledays. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
In Tuesday's loss, Aberdeen fell behind 3-0 and was limited to just two hits into the eighth inning. In the eighth, though, the "Birds doubled the output and pushed across their first run. Frank Crinella led off with a single and with two away, Ryan McKenna doubled him home.
Aberdeen made it interesting in the ninth. Jaylen Ferguson reached on an error to get the inning started. With one out, Carlos Diaz singled, moving Ferguson into scoring position. Jerry McClanahan also singled to drive in Ferguson, but pinch runner Ronarsy Ledesma was cut down at third on the play. McClanahan took second, but was stranded there when Crinella lined out sharply to shortstop to end the game.
Alejandro Juvier and Randolph Gassaway also had hits for Aberdeen. Jeong-Hyeon Yoon suffered the loss, working four and a third innings. He allowed seven hits and all three Staten Island runs. He walked one and struck out three. Will Shepley (2.2 innings) and Mike Burke (one inning) pitched scoreless relief.
Aberdeen added three more players – all i this year's draft – to the roster Tuesday. The new additions are infielders Chris Clare (21st round) and Collin Woody (38th round) and outfielder Austin Hays (fourth round).