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IronBirds come home to win a walk, or run-off

Aberdeen's Ben Breazeale added two more hits Thursday night, including his third home run, to aid in the IronBirds 3-2 win.
Aberdeen's Ben Breazeale added two more hits Thursday night, including his third home run, to aid in the IronBirds 3-2 win. (Aegis file)

Back home at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium Thursday night, the Aberdeen IronBirds scored a walk-off, or maybe a run-off, 3-2, New York-Penn League over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

It was Aberdeen's (17-12) fourth straight win. The IronBirds and Lake Monsters (17-13) will be back at it in game two tonight (Friday) at 7:05 p.m.

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The series will conclude Saturday. Game time is 6:05 p.m.

Thursday's winning rally started with a leadoff walk to Ryan Ripken. Ripken was wild pitched to second before Jean Carrillo was hit by pitch.

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The next two Aberdeen hitters went down, but with two outs, Kirvin Moesquit drew a walk to load the bases. Mason McCoy stepped in and while at bat, Vermont pitcher Branden Kelliher unleashed another wild pitch.

Ripken raced home with winning run.

The IronBirds took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. McCoy (2-3, .327) drilled a one-out double and Ben Breazeale (2-3, .434) followed with a two-run shot to left field. It was Breazeale's third home run of the season.

The score remained 2-0 into the eighth when Vermont got to Aberdeen reliever Max Knutson. Greg Deichmann doubled and Anthony Churlin homered to even the score.

William Reed Hayes (2-0) came on to pitch the ninth and grab the win. Starter Michael Baumann tossed four innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Moesquit joined McCoy and Breazeale as players with two hits to push his average back over .300 to .305. Zach Jarrett was the only other IronBirds batter with a hit.

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