The Aberdeen IronBirds wrapped up their six-game road trip on Monday night with a 5-2 loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Taking the loss in relief was University of Maryland alum Sander Beck (1-2), who went 1-2/3 innings in which he was charged with one unearned run, struck out one, and did not issue a walk. Through Monday's loss, Beck owned a 1.80 earned run average.
The loss, which left Aberdeen 3-3 for the road trip, put the Ironbirds at 9-13 overall on the year.
Down 1-0 after the hosts scored in the bottom of the second, the IronBirds saw the visiting half of the fifth start with a leadoff double from Christian Walker, who then promptly scored the tying run when Doug Bream rapped an RBI single up the middle.
Tri-City went back ahead with a one-run rally in the sixth, but Aberdeen was able to answer again in the top of the seventh, with Bream starting things via a leadoff base hit to right. Bream moved to second on Will Howard's groundout, then tied things up 2-2 when Creede Simpson slapped a one-run single to left field. Unfortunately for the IronBirds, that would be their last tally of the evening.
Tri-City scored what would be the winning run in the home half of the seventh, then added two insurance runs in the following inning.
Aberdeen matched Tri-City in hits, with each team putting up seven.
Game notes: Mark Blackmar made the start for Aberdeen and lasted 5-1/3 innings, striking out four, walking four, and allowing two earned runs on five hits along the way. Aberdeen closer Jose Nivar surrendered two earned runs on one hit and four walks during his one-inning stint. Walker blasted a pair of doubles in four trips to the plate, while Simpson finished 2-for-4 with two singles. Bream went 2-for-4, while Aberdeen's only other hit came from leadoff man Anthony Vega, who was 1-for-3 with a walk. Torsten Boss had two walks at the plate. The IronBirds have the night off Tuesday for the Major League All-Star Game before returning to action Wednesday at Ripken Stadium against the Auburn Doubledays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.