The Aberdeen IronBirds opened their final homestand of the season Sunday with a win that keeps playoff hopes alive.
The 'Birds (40-32) edged the Staten Island Yankees, 2-1, in New York-Penn League play at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. The win pulled Aberdeen to within 1.5 games of Hudson Valley in the Wild Card race.
Hudson Valley was rained out Sunday and is scheduled to play a double-header today (Monday). Aberdeen and Staten Island will also be back in action today for an afternoon game. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
Aberdeen trails Staten Island by 3 games in the McNamara Division standings and are still mathematically alive.
In Sunday's win the IronBirds scored twice in the sixth inning and that's all they needed for the win.
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Staten Island had taken a 1-0 with its only run crossing the plate in the fourth inning.
Kirvin Moesquit started the winning rally with an one-out single. Mason McCoy followed with a single, pushing Moesquit to third.
T.J. Nichting grounded out for the second out, but Moesquit scored to tie the game in the process.
Trevor Craport then banged out the big two-out hit, lacing a double to left field and scoring Nichting from first with the go-ahead run.
Aberdeen pitching handled the rest. Starter and winner Scott Burke (3-1) threw six innings, scattering six hits and allowing the one earned run. He struck out seven.
Brandon Bonilla (K) and Josh Keaton (BB, K) both threw a scoreless inning of relief and James Teague (BB/K) pitched the final inning for his eighth save.
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