The momentum the Aberdeen IronBirds carried into Vermont Friday night was put on hold as the Lake Monsters dealt the 'Birds an 5-2 loss in New York-Penn League play.
The loss proved extra costly for Aberdeen (35-28) as both Staten Island and Hudson Valley were both in the win column.
Staten Island leads the IronBirds by 5.5 games in the McNamara Division standings, while Hudson Valley, which won its 14th straight game Friday, has a 2.5 game cushion over the 'Birds in the Wild Card race.
In Aberdeen's loss the IronBirds jumped ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning. Kirvin Moesquit and Ben Breazeale hit back-to-back singles to begin the inning, putting runners at the corners.
With one out and Trevor Craport batting, a wild pitch allowed Breazeale to take second. Craport then delivered a sacrifice fly to score Moesquit.
T.J. Nichting followed with a double, driving in Breazeale for the 2-0 lead.
The lead, unfortunately, didn't last a half inning. A passed ball on what was a strike out for the second out, opened the door for two unearned runs charged to starter Cameron Bishop.
The game remained locked at 2 until the sixth. Vermont added two more and then closed the scoring with a single run in the seventh.
Jimmy Murphy (2-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing five hits and three earned runs over three innings. He struck out two.
Ruben Garcia added one inning of scoreless relief.
Moesquit, Breazeale and Nichting each had two hits. Aberdeen did out-hit Vermont, 9-7. Mason McCoy, Ryan Ripken and Zach Jarrett also had hits.
The IronBirds and Lake Monsters will play game two tonight (Saturday) at 6:05 p.m. and close the series Sunday with an 5:05 p.m. game.
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Aberdeen will be back at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium Monday to begin a three-game set with Connecticut.