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IronBirds lose on wild pitch in Connecticut

Aberdeen let leads of 1-0 and 3-2 slip away Friday night in Connecticut, where the Tigers used a wild pitch in the eighth inning to hand the IronBirds to 4-3 loss in the first of three games up North.

Aberdeen went ahead in its first at bat, when Federico Castagnini, Alex Murphy and Riley Palmer hit consecutive singles to load the bases. Jamill Moquete collected the RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Castagnini.

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Connecticut pushed across a single run in the bottom of the first and added another in the third.

Aberdeen erased the 2-1 deficit in the sixth, plating two runs on Moquete's two-run single.

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Connecticut retied the game in the sixth and then won it in the eighth. Ivan Hernandez, the third of three IronBirds pitchers, gave up a two-out triple to Steven Fuentes. Hernandez then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Fuentes to score.

The IronBirds had eight hits from eight different players. An injury to catcher Alex Murphy resulted in starting pitcher John Means taking swings in the third batting spot as Tanner Murphy was moved from DH to catcher. Means struck out in his only plate appearance.

On the mound, Means pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs. He struck out four.

'Birds split two

Aberdeen played a pair of seven-inning games Thursday at Vermont, winning the first game, 10-7, but dropping the, second, 3-2.

Aberdeen pounded out 10 hits and scored in five of its seven at bats. Four runs in the third and three in the fifth keyed the win.

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Alex Murphy, whose season-best, 12-game hitting streak was snapped Tuesday, was the lone IronBird with multiple hits. Murphy had two, including a double, and finished with an RBI and two runs scored.

Randolph Gassaway added a single and two RBIs. Luc Rennie pitched four hitless innings in relief for the win, striking out seven.

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In the loss, Aberdeen fell behind 3-0 after two innings of play. The 'Birds scored twice in the fourth, but could not muster any more.

Moquete (double) and Hector Veloz had RBI hits for Aberdeen.

Lucas Long suffered the loss.

On the move

While Aberdeen was playing the double header in Vermont, the Baltimore Orioles announced the transfer of Derrick Bleeker and Nik Nowottnick from Aberdeen to Delmarva. Both are right-handed pitchers.


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