Aberdeen ends 2-4 road trip with 3-0 loss at Staten Island

The Aberdeen IronBirds first road trip of the season ended with a shutout loss Monday in Staten Island. The IronBirds (2-5) were shut down on three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Yankees (6-1), who completed the three-game sweep.

The Ironbirds were 2-4 on the trip.


Following Tuesday's New York-Penn League scheduled day off, Aberdeen will be back in the confines of Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium on Wednesday.

Aberdeen will host Brooklyn for three games, before heading back out for a quick three at Hudson Valley.

In Monday's loss, Branden Becker had one of the three Aberdeen hits, a double in the fourth. Zach Jarrett had his first professional hit as an IronBird and Luke Ringhoffer added a pinch-hit double.

Starting and losing pitcher Nick Vespi (0-2) lasted three innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks. Vespi struck out four.

Vespi and four additional relievers walked 10 batters. Aberdeen batters walked just twice, but struck out 11 times.

"Just way too many strikeouts tonight, way too many walks," IronBirds manager Kevin Bradshaw said. "We just gotta play better, coming home for a three game homestand after a day off, a much needed day off and we'll see what we can do against Brooklyn."

The IronBirds also made more roster moves Monday. Infielder Trevor Craport (11th, Georgia Tech) and catcher Ringhoffer (22nd, South Dakota State) were signed to Aberdeen contracts. Both were 2017 draft picks.

Also, pitchers Javier Echevarria and Layne Bruner were transferred from Aberdeen to the Gulf Coast League Orioles.