The Aberdeen IronBirds seven-game win streak came to an end Wednesday night at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.
The IronBirds (9-6) led early and had scoring opportunites late, but an eighth consecutive win just wasn't in the cards. The 'Birds fell, 5-3.
The Spinners and IronBirds will close out the series tonight (Thursday) at the stadium. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
"Like with the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn series', last night we made some pitches when we needed to and we got some very timely hitting in Hudson Valley," Manager Kevin Bradshaw said. "Two out, twostrike, men in scoring position hits and tonight, both ways, pitching we didn't make a pitch when we needed to and they got a big hit, scored a couple runs with two outs. We had some opportunities, we had some opportunities tonight and wedidt come upwirth the big hit."
The IronBirds were ahead, 2-0, with single runs in the second and fourth innings.
Tristan Graham belted a leadoff triple to deep right-center field in the second and Luke Ringhofer hit the next pitch into right field to give the 'Birds a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Jaylen Ferguson singled with two out and Garrett Copeland doubled him home.
Lowell, meanwhile, chipped away with a run in the fifth, but the real damage came in the sixth. The Spinners sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs off Aberdeen pitcher Hector Guance (L, 1-1).
Guance allowed all five runs on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch. He struck out one.
Aberdeen added its third run in the fifth. Kirvin Moesquit was hit bypitch and Ben Breazeale (4-5) doubled him to third. Ryan Ripken collected the RBI with a groundout.
The Ironbirds loaded the bases in the sixth and again in the ninth, but a timely hit wasn't found.
Graham, Ringhofer and Ferguson had two hits apiece in the loss.
Aberdeen pitcher Zac Lowther saw his second start and like thefirst, pitched three scoreless innings. He gave up five hits and also struck out five.