The Baltimore Orioles announced that Kevin Bradshaw will manage the Aberdeen IronBirds for the remainder of the 2016 season.
The abrupt change was made before Thursday night's game at Vermont, where the IronBirds lost to the Lake Monsters, 7-2, and fell to 5-9 on the season with a third straight loss to close out the three-game set.
Bradshaw, who started the 2016 season as the field coach for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, is replacing Luis Pujols, who was in his second season leading Aberdeen. Pujols managed the team Wednesday, when it dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Lake Monsters.
Under Pujols, Aberdeen posted a 40-36 record in 2015, finishing second in the New York – Penn League's McNamara Division and missing both the division championship and a wild card playoff berth on the final day of the season.
An official with the Orioles, who control the Aberdeen coaching staff and players, said the team would have no further comment on the managerial switch, according to a report on masnsports.com.
Prior to joining the Orioles organization, Bradshaw spent his entire career, both playing and coaching, in the Detroit Tigers organization. Bradshaw has managed 14 minor league teams and compiled a record of 541-617.
In Thursday night's game, Aberdeen was outhit, 15-6, and leadoff hitter Cole Billingsley was the team's only batter to get two hits.
The IronBirds scored both their runs in the fifth inning, which at the time, tied the game 2-2. Catcher Daniel Fajardo produced the first run with his first home run of the season. The other run scored when Kirvin Moesquit walked. Billingsley singled him to second and Chris Clare singled Moesquit home.
Jaylen Ferguson and Stuart Levy (double) had the other Aberdeen hits. Austin Hays, who had five hits over his first two games with Aberdeen, was held hitless.
Vermont scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings and then blew the game open with a four-run sixth inning outburst. Luis Barrera hit a three-run home run in the inning and finished with three hits and four RBIs.
Teammate Sean Murphy had a 4-for-4 day and also hit his first home run of the year. Murphy was a third round selection in this year's draft.
Aberdeen's Steven Klimek (1-2) was dealt the loss, pitching three innings in relief. He gave up nine hits, a walk and six earned runs. Max Knutson gave up the other run, working two innings. He allowed two hits and also struck out two.
Lucas Humpal started the game and pitched two innings for the IronBirds. He allowed three hits, while striking out two. Will Shepley pitched one inning, giving up a hit and walk, while striking out three.
Aberdeen will head to Lowell, Mass., to begin a three-game series with the Spinners (10-4) Friday night. Aberdeen returns home Monday for a short stay and a three-game series with West Virginia.