Playing in just his second professional game after being selected by Baltimore in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB draft, Aberdeen third baseman Torsten Boss made an impression Tuesday night, blasting a pair of homers, driving in three RBIs and scoring three times in an 8-3 IronBirds victory.
With the win, Aberdeen, which dropped its opening day contest to Hudson Valley, 7-3, evened its record 1-1 on the two-day-old season.
The IronBirds will bring their .500 record home to Aberdeen Wednesday to open their season at home, hosting Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
Boss, the highest 2012 draft pick on the IronBirds' roster, struck first in the fifth inning Tuesday, while Aberdeen was holding a 5-2 lead over the Renegades, belting a pitch over the right field wall to give his team a 6-2 advantage.
In the visiting part of the seventh, while Aberdeen still held its four-run lead, Boss came to the plate with teammate Tom Winegardner on base and connected for his second round-tripper of the contest, this one clearing the fence in right center.
The Renegades plated one more run in the eighth, making the score 8-3 in Aberdeen's favor, but could get not closer.
Will Howard finished the game 3-for-5, while Winegardner was 2-for-5. Pedro Perez and Anthony Vega were both 1-for-4, while Pena finished up 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.
IronBird starter Jaime Esquivel (1-0) earned his first win with Aberdeen, going five full innings in which he struck out four, walked one and allowed two earned runs on six hits.
Zach Petersime tossed three innings of relief for the IronBirds, holding the Renegades to one earned run on four hits.
Jose Nivar closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning, retiring the side on two grounders and a line out.