Baseball: IronBirds win back-to-back games for first time, top Brooklyn, 5-2

For the first time this season, the Aberdeen IronBirds strung together a pair of victories by beating the host-team Brooklyn Cyclones, 5-2, on Thursday night.

With the victory, which came one night after the IronBirds' 7-2 win over Staten Island, Aberdeen improved to 4-7 on the year.

Aberdeen scored what would be the winning runs in the second inning, when the IronBirds came through with three tallies. After the hosts plated their first run in the bottom of the third, Aberdeen answered with one run in both the fourth and fifth to go up 5-1. The Cyclones scored the game's final run in the bottom of the fifth.

Aberdeen first baseman Doug Bream continued his hitting tear, going 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double, while Lucas Herbst scored two of the IronBirds' runs. Roderick Bernadina was 1-for-5 with one run, and Anthony Vega was 3-for-4 with one RBI in the victory. Creede Simpson helped out the winning cause with a one-RBI single, while teammate Sam Kimmel went 1-for-2 with one RBI. Torsten Boss racked up two hits, one of which was a double, walked twice and scored one run. Joel Hutter drew one walk and scored one run for Aberdeen.

Getting the win was Sander Beck, the Millersville native who signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland in June. Tossing 2-2/3 innings out of the bullpen, Beck (1-0) held the Cyclones to just one hit, allowed zero runs, struck out three and surrendered three walks.

Juan Guzman started for the IronBirds and went 4-1/3 innings, striking out five, walking three and allowing one earned run on four hits along the way.

Earning the IronBirds' first save of the season was Bobby Wilkins, who closed out the game with two innings of one-hit, shutout relief.

The IronBirds play Brooklyn Friday night at 7 p.m. in the fifth matchup of their six-game road set.

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