Trying to keep playoff hopes alive, the Aberdeen IronBirds rose to the occasion Thursday night at Tri-City.
The 'Birds (38-31) shut out the ValleyCats, 7-0, highlighted by great pitching and late display of power hitting.
The win, coupled with Hudson Valley's loss to Vermont, has Aberdeen back to within two games of the Renegades in the New York-Penn League Wild Card race.
The IronBirds will be back in Tri-City tonight (Friday) and Saturday, before coming back to Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium for the final home stand. The 'Birds will battle the Staten Island Yankees Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
In Thursday's win, Aberdeen jumped ahead with two runs in the first and another in the second for the 3-0 lead.
T.J. Nichting doubled in Kirvin Moesquit (single) with the first run and Mason McCoy singled Nichting in with the second run.
Zach Jarrett doubled and scored the run in the second inning on a Moesquit (2-3) sacrifice fly.
Aberdeen starter and winner Cameron Bishop was handling the work on the mound. Bishop (1-1) tossed one-hit baseball over six innings and struck out five.
Reliever Jimmy Murphy pitched the final three innings and despite giving up three hits and a pair of walks, kept the shutout intact. Murphy struck out three.
Leading 3-0 and getting the solid pitching, Aberdeen brought out the big bats to close the game. Ryan Ripken (2-4) led off the inning with his third home run.
McCoy (2-4) then singled and Trevor Craport followed with his third home run.
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The 'Birds added one more in the inning with Jarrett (2-4) reaching on an error and scoring on a Jean Carrillo sacrifice fly.