The Aberdeen IronBirds have hit the wall and it comes at a most inopportune time.
The ‘Birds (33-26) rolled into Hudson Valley Saturday on a five-game win streak and ahead in the Wild Card standings of the New York-Penn League.
Hudson Valley, however, could have cared less and over the next three days, dealt the ‘Birds three losses. The results pushed Hudson Valley (33-25) past Aberdeen and into the lead by a half game in the Wild Card standings.
Aberdeen is back in Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium tonight (Tuesday) to begin a critical three-game series with McNamara Division leading Staten Island (38-20). The ‘Birds trail the Yankees by five and a half games.
In Monday’s 4-2 loss, starter Zac Lowther had another solid outing, but didn’t factor in the outcome. Lowther allowed just two hits, a walk and an earned run over six innings, while striking out seven.
Nick Gruener, took the loss to slip to 0-4, gave up five hits, a walk and three runs over an inning and a third.
Hudson Valley struck first with a run in the first, but Aberdeen came back to tie the score with a run in the third. Irving Ortega tripled and scored on a Tristan Graham single. Graham was one-of-two Aberdeen hitters with two hits.
T.J. Nichting was the other with multiple hits, roping a double and then hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning.
Mason McCoy (1-3), Trevor Craport (0-4) and Ben Breazeale (0-2) were a combined 1-for-9, but all are batting over the .300 mark.