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IronBirds fall short in sweep attempt of Lowell

Randy McRoberts
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The Aberdeen IronBirds attempt at a three-game sweep of the Lowell Spinners was derailed in a big way Sunday at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

Lowell pounded Aberdeen pitching for 15 hits, en route to an 8-0 New York-Penn League win. Aberdeen had won the first two games of the series, limiting Lowell to a total of one run and nine hits.

In Sunday's loss, Aberdeen (24-31) was held to just three hits, while four Lowell pitchers combined to strike out 12 Aberdeen batters.

Kirvin Moesquit, batting in the nine hole, had Aberdeen's lone extra base hit, a triple. Alejandro Juvier and Jerry McClanahan had the other two hits.

Lowell hitters hit eight doubles, led by Bobby Dalbec (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) and Yoan Aybar (2-for-5, 2 RBIs), who hit two doubles each. Victor Acosta also hit a double and finished 3-for-5.

Aberdeen starter Matthias Dietz (0-1) took the loss, pitching three innings, giving up two hits, two walks and two runs. Daniel Ayers relieved, but was tagged with six hits and four runs (three earned) over one and two-third innings.

Will Shepley came on to pitch two and a third scoreless innings, despite giving up two hits and a walk. Tyler Erwin also pitched two innings and was hit with five hits and two runs.

Lowell starter and winner Dakota Smith (2-1) allowed two hits, while striking out seven over five and a third innings.

Shutdown Saturday

Aberdeen used four pitchers Saturday to shut down the Lowell lineup and win, 2-1, at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

The IronBirds, who had just four hits, scored both runs in the fifth inning on all four hits. Preston Palmeiro singled to begin the inning, but Jeff Kemp's grounder forced Palmeiro out at second. With Kemp at first, Jaylen Ferguson singled then Jason Heinrich singled to score Kemp. Heinrich was thrown out on the play, but Daniel Fajardo followed with a double, plating Ferguson with the second run.

Lowell struck back in the sixth with its only run, but the Spinners could have had more. With one away, Dalbec hit a ball down the left field line that clearly looked as if it went inside or directly over the foul pole, for a home run.

Homeplate umpire Matt Baldwin called the ball foul, bringing Lowell manager Iggy Suarez out of the dugout to argue. Suarez argued enough to get thrown out of the game by Baldwin.

Dalbec ended up striking out for the second out, but a walk to Acosta extended the inning. Carlos Tovar drove in Acosta with a double.

Andrew Elliott gave up the run, but tossed a scoreless seventh to keep Aberdeen ahead. Jake Bray pitched the final two innings for his second save.

Matt McClean and Chris Madera both had two hits for Lowell. Josh Pennington pitched six innings for Lowell in the loss.

Shutout Friday

Aberdeen pitcher Alex Wells was back in form Friday, tossing five innings of one-hit ball in the 'Birds' 2-0 shutout over Lowell at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

Wells improved to 4-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.03. Wells struck out five. James Teague threw two innings of one-hit ball, striking out three, as did Ryan Moseley, who threw the final two innings for his second save.

The IronBirds had three hits as well, but made the most of them. Austin Hays had the big swing, belting a solo home run in the sixth for his first of the season.

Cole Billingsley and Alejandro Juvier had the other Aberdeen hits, both singles, in the third. Collin Woody scored the other Aberdeen run in the third, drawing a walk and scoring when Ryan McKenna drew a bases loaded walk.

Dalbec, Tucker Tubbs and Aybar had hits for Lowell. Darwinzon Hernandez took the loss, pitching five innings.

Thursday loss

The IronBirds looked to take a series from the Staten Island Yankees Thursday night, but the visitors were too much, taking the rubber game, 5-1, at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

The IronBirds were held in check at the plate, limited to just four hits, all singles. Staten Island, on the other hand, took advantage of numerous hit batters to plate all five runs.

Chris Godinez was hit by a pitch in the third and was one of two runs to score on Timmy Robinson's two-run triple. In the fourth, Jerry Seitz was hit and he, too, scored when Godinez drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Yankees added their final two runs in the ninth. Godinez and Nick Solak were both hit by pitches and both scored on Robinson's single.

Aberdeen's lone run scored in the fourth. Palmeiro's groundout plated Billingsley, who had walked to begin the inning.

Hays was on base all four at bats, going 2-for-2 and walking twice. He also stole his fourth base of the season. Heinrich and McClanahan, who was the lone IronBird hit by a pitch, had the other Aberdeen hits.

Starter Lucas Humpal (0-1) took the loss, pitching three innings and allowing four hits, a walk and two earned runs.

Looking ahead

The IronBirds were off Monday as part of the league's annual all-star game. Pitcher Wells and outfielder Billingsley were Aberdeen's representatives to the game played in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Tuesday night.

The IronBirds will be back in action today (Wednesday), starting a three-game series at Tri-City. All three games begin at 7 p.m.

Aberdeen will be back home Saturday night to host Vermont. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The IronBirds and Vermont will also play Sunday (5:35 p.m.) and Monday (7:05 p.m.).

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