IronBirds get big win behind Hammonds strong pitching

Randy McRoberts

The Aberdeen IronBirds got another strong pitching effort Monday night and unlike Sunday, they did not let it go to waste.

The IronBirds (17-24) blanked the host Staten Island Yankees, 3-0, in McNamara Division play of the New York-Penn League.

Matt Hammonds (2-2) tossed seven shutout innings for the win, allowing four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Josh Keaton came on to finish for his first save. Keaton gave up a hit, but struck but four over two innings.

The ‘Birds and Yankees are scheduled to play again tonight at 7 p.m. and wind up the series at noon on Wednesday.

Offensively, Aberdeen had just four hits, but they made the most of them. The first run scored in the fourth. Robbie Thorburn opened the inning with a double, while Austin Hays and JC Escarra each drew walks to load the bases.

Alexis Torres struck out, but Willy Yahn produced a sacrifice fly to bring Thorburn across the plate.

With Hammonds time done on the mound, Aberdeen added two more runs in the eighth inning to pad the lead.

Luke Ringhofer drew a leadoff walk and after a pair of strikeouts, Hays reached on an error to push Ringhofer to second.

Escarra followed with a sharp RBI single to score Ringhofer. Torres also singled, with a deflection off the pitcher, scoring Hays with the final run.

Adam Hall doubled for the other Aberdeen hit.

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