Before Saturday night's game against the Brooklyn Cyclones at Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen IronBirds manager Gary Allenson talked about his team developing as the young season progresses.
"I'd like to say it's a long season, but really it's not because we're playing just a half season," Allenson said. "We've still got a long way to go, with guys hitting the ball, and guys waiting on pitches they can hit. This is development level down here, and we're trying to teach guys the instinct part of the game, and the fundamentals of the game. You are going to get hitters swinging at pitches they can't hit, and pitchers not being able to spot every pitch, and hopefully we can work that out as the season moves on."
In his first season in Aberdeen, Allenson may need plenty of patience. The IronBirds fell to 2-4 for the season Saturday night, as Brooklyn prevailed, 7-1.
Totaling just three hits over the first seven innings, the IronBirds lineup struck out eight times, and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Brooklyn plated four runs in the second inning, added two more in the fifth, then closed out scoring in the eighth with a solo home run.
Aberdeen's lone run of the contest came in the home half of the seventh, when the IronBirds were trailing, 6-0. Designated hitter Roberto Ortiz hit a leadoff double to left, and catcher Pedro Perez promptly followed with an RBI single up the middle. That was all she wrote for the IronBirds, who did treat their fans to fireworks following the game.
Notes: Roderick Bernadina was the lone IronBird with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Aberdeen leadoff man Will Howard, the IronBirds' leading hitter, was 1-for-4 with a double. The Orioles' eighth-round pick of the 2012 draft, Torsten Boss, earned a pair of walks. Taking the loss was Aberdeen starter Cameron Coffey, who was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits over 4-2/3 innings. Kenneth Wise tossed 1-1/3 innings of hitless relief for Aberdeen, while Enrico Jimenez threw two innings out of the bullpen, allowing one earned run on two hits. David Richardson closed out the game for Aberdeen with one inning of perfect relief. The IronBirds wrap up the series and the homestand with a Sunday 5:45 p.m. start against the Cyclones, then it's off to Staten Island to meet the Yankees Monday night.