Despite a 4-0 lead through two innings Thursday, the Aberdeen IronBirds dropped the series finale at Auburn, 8-7, in New York-Penn League action in New York.
Aberdeen (12-9) will be back in Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium Friday night to battle the Connecticut Tigers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The two teams will also play Saturday (6:05) and Sunday (5:35).
The IronBirds scored two runs each in the first and second innings Thursday, but Auburn posted a seven-run inning in the third and the 'Birds were not able to catch back up.
The IronBirds pounded out 12 hits, including four for extra bases, but they also struck out 17 times.
Every Aberdeen batter had at least one hit, except for Tristan Graham. Kirvin Moesquit (3 runs); Ben Breazeale (3 RBIs); Jean Carrillo (2 2B, 2 RBIs); and Ryan Ripken (2B, RBI) all had two hits.
T.J. Nichting (2B); Trevor Craport and Jaylen Ferguson had a hit each.
Hector Guance (1-2), the Aberdeen starter and loser, pitched two and two-third innings, allowing four hits, three walks and six earned runs.
The IronBirds were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Auburn (9-14) was 5-for-10. Auburn also had eight total hits.