The Aberdeen IronBirds celebrated their final road game of the season with a win Wednesday, beating the State College Spikes, 6-3, in a New York-Penn League game played in Pennsylvania.
The win improved Aberdeen to 29-41, while giving them a series win and second consecutive win. The IronBirds will be back home Thursday to begin a three-game set with Brooklyn, followed by the final two games of the season against Hudson Valley on Sunday (7:05 p.m.) and Labor Day Monday (1:05 p.m.)
In Wednesday's win, Aberdeen scored two runs in three different innings. The final two came on Austin Hays' team-leading fourth home run. Hays finished 2-for-4 and is batting .352.
Kirvin Moesquit went 3-for-5, including his third triple, and scored a run. Preston Palmeiro and Chris Clare both had a hit and RBIs.
Lucas Humpal (1-2) threw three innings in relief for the win. He allowed three hits, a walk and a run, while striking out one. Andrew Elliott tossed the final three hitless and scoreless innings, striking out four, to earn his third save.
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A needed win
The IronBirds were back in the win column Tuesday night for the first time in a week.
Aberdeen (28-41) beat State College, 6-1, in Pennsylvania, snapping a seven-game losing skid. The two teams will close out the series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
The IronBirds put the game away in the fourth, scoring five times. Daniel Fajardo hit a two-run double and Jason Heinrich doubled in a run to highlight the inning.
Aberdeen added its final run in the seventh, courtesy of Austin Hays' third home run of the season. Hays was the only Aberdeen hitter with multiple hits, finishing 3-for-5. Hays is batting .347.
Zack Muckenhirn (5-2) pitched three innings in relief to get the win. He allowed three hits, a walk and a run, while striking out four. Max Knutson pitched the final three innings, giving up a walk and striking out three.
Cody Sedlock worked the first three innings, giving up a hit and two walks.