Coming off their 2-4 road trip, the Aberdeen IronBirds found Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium a welcome site Wednesday night.
Starting and winning pitcher Brenan Hanifee had another strong outing and first baseman Seamus Curran blasted a pair of home runs to lead the 'Birds (3-5) past the Brooklyn Cyclones (2-6), 6-1, in New York-Penn League play.
The two teams will be back at it Thursday night at Ripken Stadium. First pitch at 7:05 p.m.
"It's good to be back, you know going on a six-day trip seems like it was two weeks," IronBirds manager Kevin Bradshaw said. "We had some bus problems, minor league problems, but it was good to be back home."
Hanifee, who threw six scoreless innings in Aberdeen's first win last week, came within two outs of tossing another six scoreless innings.
Quinn Brodey's one-out RBI single in the sixth broke the string and also gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. Hanifee (2-0) got the next batter to softly line out back to him and he doubled Brodey off first base to end the inning and his night.
"Just been throwing fastballs down in the zone, getting the early contact and trying not to show too much stuff early in the game," Hanifee said of his success. "Tonight, again our catcher (Ben Breazeale) did an awesome job, we were on the same page all night again. Kind of makes it easy."
Despite the effort of Hanifee, Brooklyn starter Trent Johnson was just as effective.
Johnson also went to the sixth inning with no runs against. Curran changed that.
Down 1-0, Curran drilled a two-out, two-run, home run to right field. Garrett Copeland (2-2), aboard with a single, scored on the play.
Aberdeen added three more in the seventh. Tristan Graham and Jaylen Ferguson hit back-to-back singles leading off the inning. Kirvin Moesquit followed with a sacrifice bunt and ther ball was thrown away at third, allowing Graham to score.
Irving Ortega then singled in both Ferguson and Moesquit for the 5-1 lead.
Curran capped the evening, leading off the eighth with a long homer to right. "Wow, the three he's hit so far up here, I'll tell you what, he has put a charge in them," Bradshaw said.
Curran, who hit the ball hard all night, finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Ferguson also had two hits in the win. Branden Becker, the most consistent hitter so far, went down with a dislocated shoulder while diving for grounder in the fifth.
Bradshaw confirmed that Becker had the shoulder put back in place, but he will likely undergo an MRI to confirm whether there is any further damage.
James Teague threw two innings of hitless relief, striking out four. Jon Keller, in Aberdeen on rehab from Bowie, pitched the final inning, walking one and striking out one.
The IronBirds had more roster changes as well on Wednesday. Infielder Chris Johnson ended his MiLB rehab assignment with Aberdeen and infielder Copeland was transferred from Frederick back to Aberdeen.
Also, catcher Ronald Soto, outfielder Jose Paez and infielder Carlos Diaz were all released from Aberdeen contracts.