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Aberdeen takes first game at Brooklyn, 7-1

Randy McRoberts
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A night after Tuesday’s aggravating and disappointing, rain-shortened, 1-0, loss to visiting Hudson Valley, the Aberdeen IronBirds were back in action Wednesday and in the win column.

Aberdeen (9-10) knocked off the Brooklyn Cyclones, 7-1, in New York in an New York-Penn League McNamara Division game.

The series was to continue Thursday and Friday in Brooklyn, followed by three more at Tri-City before the team gets an off day on Tuesday. Aberdeen will then host Brooklyn and Auburn for three games each on the next home stand.

In Wednesday’s win, Brooklyn scored first with a run in the second inning, but that’s all starter and winner Jimmy Murphy allowed. Murphy (2-0) gave up the run on four hits over five innings. He also walked one and struck out five.

Three relievers, Brandon Bonilla (2IP, H, 4K), Diogenes Almengo (1IP, 2K) and Juan Echevarria (1IP, BB, K) combined for four scoreless innings.

Offensively, Doran Turchin led the way with two hits; a double and his second home run. Alexis Torres added two hits and both players had two RBIs.

Robert Neustrom also had two hits and Milton Ramos added a hit, RBI and two runs scored.

Frustrating Tuesday

In Tuesday’s loss, the final game of the home stand, the game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning with no one out.

Aberdeen Manager Kyle Moore was not pleased. “The biggest disappointment is just being down one run, with one swing of the bat we’re back in the game, either tied or ahead,” Moore said. “Who knows what could happen in a 2-2 count, we could get a walk and homer right there. Because of the way things are going right now, we need something to go our way and I just wanted to play out that inning right there. I thought we pulled the tarp way too early and I thought we could have least got the bottom of the sixth in and then if we get beat, we get beat, I’m okay with that, I just don’t want to sit there when it’s not raining and the tarp on the field and we’re down one run and then we get rained out. That really bothered me.”

The game was stopped with Luke Ringhofer in the box with a 2-2 count, leading off the inning.

Aberdeen starter Hector Guance (1-3) pitched well, but it was his wild pitch in the first inning that produced the lone run. Guance allowed just two hits, both in that inning, while striking out five over six innings.

“He had his good sinker working tonight, he threw pitched, all three, for strikes at times,” Moore said of Guance’s effort. “I thought by far, he was the highlight of the game. Outpitched their guy.”

Unfortunately, the “Birds couldn’t find enough offense to support the outing. They loaded the bases with one out in the first, but couldn’t score. They also had second and third in the fifth with two away and no scoring.

“With the bases loaded and one out, we have to score. That’s end of story,” Moore said.

Cody Roberts had two of the teams’ six hits. Robbie Thorburn, one of the hotter Aberdeen hitters entering the game, had a hit to push his average to .317. “That’s part of it, getting more comfortable, staying within myself and just sticking with the process,” Thorburn said. Thorburn was also frustrated with how the game ended. “It is very frustrating, especially for a night like tonight, the offense, we were stringing some hits together, just couldn’t get that next hit,” Thorburn said.

Other players with hits were Willie Yahn, Alexis Torres and Milton Ramos.

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