After stringing together two straight victories for the first time this season with wins Wednesday and Thursday, the Aberdeen IronBirds quickly found themselves back in the loss column Friday night, losing a road game, 5-2, to the Brooklyn Cyclones.
IronBirds batters struck out a season-high 14 times.
With the defeat, the IronBirds fall to 4-8 on the season.
Brooklyn scored what would be the winning tally in the third inning, breaking open a scoreless tie with a four-run outburst.
Down by four in the top half of the fifth, the IronBirds' Torsten Boss opened the inning with a triple to the right field corner. Cameron Edman quickly followed with a single to right that allowed Boss to scamper home for Aberdeen's first run.
In the sixth, after the first two IronBird hitters were retired, Aberdeen's Jerome Pena launched a pitch over the right field wall for his first home run of the season, making the score 4-2 in Brooklyn's favor.
The Cyclones scored their final tally in the bottom of the eighth.
Boss' fifth-inning triple and Pena's round-tripper turned out to be the IronBirds' only extra-base hits. Edman finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI single, while Anthony Caronia went 1-for-3 with a base hit in the loss. Will Howard and Boss each earned one walk.
Aberdeen starter Cameron Coffey (0-2), who went four innings in which he allowed four earned runs on five hits, struck out two and walked two, took the loss.
Coming out of the bullpen in the fifth, IronBirds reliever Kenneth Wise tossed two innings of shutout ball, holding the Cyclones to three hits and recording one strikeout. Dustin Ward closed out the game for Aberdeen with a two-inning relief stint, surrendering one earned run on two hits, striking out three and allowing two walks along the way.