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IronBirds begin final homestand with win over Yankees

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.

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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.

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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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