Good pitching and and timely hitting led the Aberdeen IronBirds (10-10) to a second straight win over the Brooklyn Cyclones (11-9) Thursday night in New York.
Starter Gray Fenter (1-1) and relievers Jose Diaz and Ryan Conroy limited the Cyclones to a single run, while Doran Turchin drove in both Aberdeen runs in the 2-1 McNamara Division win.
The final game of the series is set for tonight with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m.
Aberdeen’s scoring came in the fifth with two out. Robbie Thorburn reached base with a one-out, infield single. With Alexis Torres batting, Thorburn stole second.
Torres eventually drew a walk and Luke Ringhofer followed with a fielder’s choice to the right side, allowing Thorburn and Torres to move into third and second, respectively.
Turchin then delivered the big hit, doubling into left field to drive in both runners.
The pitching took over from there. Fenter (6IP, 6H, ER, 4K) allowed a single to start the seventh, bringing Diaz in for relief. Diaz (IP, 3H, BB, K) gave up two additional singles to load the bases, but the damage was limited to a sacrifice fly for the lone Cyclones run.
Conroy came on to pitch the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. It was his first save.
Thorburn continued his recent hot hitting with three hits, raising his average to .333. Alfredo Gonzalez, Willy Yahn and Adam Hall also had hits.
There were also three transactions made Thursday. Outfielder Jaylen Ferguson was transferred from Delmarva to Aberdeen, while pitchers Luis Perez and Nick Gruener were both transferred from Aberdeen to Delmarva.
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