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IronBirds are swept by Brooklyn; head to Batavia

IronBirds are swept by Brooklyn; head to Batavia
Aberdeen first baseman Ronarsy Ledesma fields the pickoff throw as Brooklyn's Michael Paez dives back safely during Wednesday's IronBirds game. (Scott Serio | For The Record / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Looking to avoid a sweep, the Aberdeen IronBirds were back on the field Wednesday night at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, where the Brooklyn Cyclones beat the IronBirds, 6-2.

It was Aberdeen's fourth straight loss, dropping the 'Birds to 10-16. The team will head to Batavia for a three-game set beginning Thursday. The 'Birds will be back in Aberdeen Sunday to start a brief three-game series with Staten Island. First pitch Sunday begins at 5:35 p.m. and the previously postponed July 4 fireworks will follow Sunday's game.

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Brooklyn jumped ahead in Wednesday's win in the top of the first inning. Michael Paez walked and with two outs, Pete Alonso clubbed a two-run home run.

Aberdeen pulled even in the third. Stuart Levy singled, as did Ronarsy Ledesma, which moved Levy to third. Collin Woody bounced into a fielder's choice to score Levy.

Cole Billingsley followed with a single, pushing Woody to third. With Chris Clare batting, Billingsley was thrown out stealing second, but Woody strolled home uncontested with the tie run on the double steal.

Brooklyn, though, went back ahead in the next half inning. Jacob Zanon homered to lead off the inning and Ali Sanchez doubled and scored on a Jay Jabs single. Zanon walked, stole two bases and scored the fifth run on Alonso's single in the fifth. Paez collected his first professional hit in the seventh and scored the final run on a Zanon double.

Billingsley finished 3-for-4 to lead the IronBirds eight-hit attack. Travis Seabrooke (1-3) started and pitched four innings in the loss. He allowed five hits, two walks and four runs. He struck out four.

"It didn't go well in the win-loss column, but there were a lot of good things that happened on this homestand," Aberdeen third year pitching coach Justin Lord said. "We hit the ball hard for three games, we put good swings on the ball, good at bats, ran some deep counts on the pitchers. Had several pitchers throw the ball really well, I'm really excited about the way some of the guys threw the ball. The guys competed, there's a ton of positives to take away from these three games. You can't just look at wins and losses."

Tuesday loss

In Tuesday's game, the IronBirds lost, 6-1, and put them in last place in the four-team division race.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning, but that's all the scoring Aberdeen, limited to just five hits, could muster. Brooklyn's Nick Sergakis was the biggest pain for Aberdeen, singling in the opening inning and then scoring on a Peter Alonso double.

The IronBirds matched the run in their half of the inning. Chris Clare walked and moved to second on Alejandro Juvier's single. With two away, Jaylen Ferguson doubled Clare home, but Juvier, who led Aberdeen with two hits, was cut down at the plate to end the inning.

Sergakis (3-5, three RBIs, three runs) put the Cyclones (12-13) ahead for good in the fifth, blasting a three-run home run. Sergakis also singled and scored one of the Cyclones two eighth inning runs.

Jason Heinrich and Ronarsy Ledesma had Aberdeen's other hits. Parker Bridwell (1-1) took the loss in relief. Bridwell threw three innings, allowing two hits and three earned runs. He struck out three.

Keegan Akin, the Baltimore Orioles second round pick in last month's draft, started and pitched two innings. He gave up three hits and a run, while striking out four.

Tyler Erwin pitched two scoreless innings, walking two and striking out two, while Yi-Hsiang Lin also pitched two innings, yielding four hits and two runs. He struck out two.

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