The Aberdeen IronBirds beat the Staten Island Yankees for the second straight night Thursday and in doing so, have pulled within a game at the top of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division.
Aberdeen (25-18) had multiple hits for the third straight game and beat the Yankees (26-17), 7-5. It was Aberdeen's third straight win.
The series finale is set for tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. The IronBirds will then head for Tri-City for three games before returning to Aberdeen on Wednesday to begin a six-game homestand.
In Thursday's win the 'Birds jumped ahead with two runs in the third. Zach Jarrett highlighted the offense with his first professional home run, a two-out, solo shot to left-center field.
Staten Island came back with single runs in the third and fourth inning to tie the game, but the 'Birds scored twice in both the fifth and sixth innings to pull away.
The final Aberdeen run scored in the eighth, while the Yankees had one run in the sixth and two more in the ninth.
Trevor Craport led the 10-hit attack with three hits (two doubles) and two RBIs.
T.J. Nichting also had two doubles and two runs scored and for the second time in week, Nichting stole home. Irving Ortega had a pair of hits as well and an RBI.
On the mound, Brenan Hanifee improved to a team-best 6-1. Hanifee allowed six hits, a walk and three runs (two earned) over six innings. He struck out two.
Max Knutson and Ruben Garcia followed with a scoreless inning apiece. William Reed Hayes pitched the ninth, giving up two runs on two hits.