Andrew Fregia hit a three-run home run Wednesday night to lift the Aberdeen IronBirds to a fifth straight New York Penn League win.
The blast, which came on a 2-1 count, brought the IronBIrds from behind for a 5-4 win over the host Tri-City ValleyCats.
The win put the 'Birds at 33-26, 3.5 games back of Hudson Valley (35-22) in McNamara Division play. The 'Birds currently sit in a wild card playoff spot.
Aberdeen and Tri-City are scheduled to play again tonight at 7 p.m.
In Wednesday’s win, Aberdeen fell behind 4-0 as the ValleyCats scored a run in the first and three more in the third off Aberdeen starting pitcher Leonardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez went five innings and two of the runs were unearned.
“That felt amazing. I was getting bullied by fastballs all night and it felt good to run into one,” Fregia said. “Down 4-0, we were calm and it was awesome to see everyone going crazy when I rounded third.”
Rutschman, Evans and Ortega had two hits apiece to lead the offense.
Emond (3-2) was the winner. Marlon Constante pitched a scoreless eighth and Kade Strowd gave up a single, but struck out two in the ninth for his second save.
“Great team win tonight. [Leonardo] Rodriguez battled through five, the rest of the pitchers did their job,” Aberdeen manager Kevin Bradshaw said. “We had confidence that Fregia was going to get a big hit for us and he did.”