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Aberdeen comes home, but loses to Connecticut

The Aberdeen IronBirds returned home to Ripken Stadium Monday night and because of a power outage, the New York-Penn League game with the Connecticut Tigers was played without a scoreboard, videoboard or sound system.

The IronBirds, who lost both series on the recent six-game road trip, were short of a little power themselves, falling 7-4.

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The IronBirds (20-22) and Tigers will play again Tuesday night and Wednesday at Ripken Stadium. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. The homestand will continue with Tri-City coming to town for three game beginning Thursday.

In Monday's loss, the Tigers jumped on Aberdeen starter Francisco Jimenez (2-4) for five runs in the second inning. Aberdeen answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Odenwaelder drove in a run with sacrifice fly and Drew Turbin singled in the other with his team-leading 18th RBI of the season.

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Connecticut added single runs in the fourth and seventh innings, while Aberdeen had single runs in the sixth and ninth innings.

D.J. Stewart tripled and scored on Chris Shaw's sac fly in the sixth, while Turbin walked and scored on a Glynn Davis RBI single in the ninth. Davis and Steve Laurino had two hits each to lead Aberdeen.

Jimenez pitched just two innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out one.

'Birds lose 2-of-3 over weekend

The IronBirds left Auburn for Staten Island and a key weekend series against McNamara Division rival Yankees.

Aberdeen won the middle game of the three-game series, but it came between losses. Aberdeen dropped Sunday's game, 8-5, a day after winning, 7-5. The IronBirds dropped Friday's opener, 8-4.

In Sunday's loss, the IronBirds had a 5-0 lead after just two innings, but Staten Island pitching shut out Aberdeen from there, while the offense scored seven times in the fifth inning and once more in the seventh.

Ricardo Andujar highlighted the early scoring, belting a two-run home run as part of a four-run, second inning rally. The homer was Andujar's second this season.

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Jerry McClanahan led the Aberdeen hitters, pounding out three hits, including a pair of doubles. Andujar and Randy Gassaway both had two hits for Aberdeen .

Zach Albin (1-5) pitched into the fifth inning before getting knocked out of the game. He allowed nine hits and seven runs (six earned). He walked two and struck out one.

In Saturday's win, it was Aberdeen falling behind early and coming from behind late to win. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead through four innings and 4-1 through five. Aberdeen battled back with a run in the sixth, three in the seventh and two in the ninth.

Batting in the nine hole, IronBirds second baseman Drew Turbin led the 10-hit attack. Turbin banged out three hits and drove in his 17th run of the season. D.J. Stewart had two hits, including his third double, and two RBIs.

Chris Shaw (double) and Cedric Mullins added a hit and RBI each.

Reid Love (1-3) pitched three innings in relief to earn the win. Love allowed a run on three hits, while striking out two. Christian Turnipseed pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts and Jay Flaa pitched an inning for the save, despite giving up a run on a hit and walk.

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In Friday's opening loss to start the series, the IronBirds fell behind early.

Staten Island scored twice in the first and once in the third for the 3-0 lead. Aberdeen got a run back in the fourth and three in the fifth, but the Yankees scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth then finished the game's scoring with a two-run seventh.

Andujar had three hits to lead the IronBirds, who were out-hit 15-11. Stewart added two more hits, as did Shaw and Austin Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer also had two RBIs.

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Starter Travis Seabrooke took the loss to fall to 2-4. Seabrooke gave up five runs on nine hits. He struck out two.

Series loss

Aberdeen dropped the third game and the series at Auburn Thursday, falling 6-1.

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Ricardo Andujar and Drew Turbin both had two hits to lead the offense, which was limited to seven hits total, none for extra bases.

Turbin scored the lone Aberdeen run in the second inning on Jerry McClanahan's RBI single. The run gave Aberdeen a lead, but Auburn quickly erased it with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Auburn added four runs in the third to close out the scoring. Starting and losing pitcher Jean Cosme (1-4) gave up all six earned runs.

For Auburn, North Harford alum and pitcher Kevin Mooney pitched one scoreless inning in relief with a strikeout.


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