IronBirds muster just two hits in an 8-0 defeat

The Aberdeen IronBirds suffered their sixth straight loss Saturday night, managing just two hits in an 8-0 shutout loss to the host-team Hudson Valley Renegades.

With the defeat, Aberdeen fell to 2-14, and as of Saturday the IronBirds were in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's four-team McNamara Division, 4.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley.

Aberdeen's best scoring opportunity came in the top of the second, when Riley Hornback belted a two-out double to the right field wall, and Kyle Hoppy followed by taking a pitch off his body. With a man in scoring position, Martin Serrata hit an inning-ending groundout to second base, snubbing out the rally.

The IronBirds didn't get another hit until the eighth, when Hornback led off the frame with a groundball single. Hornback, however, attempted to take an extra base when the Hudson Valley second baseman's throw went wide of the bag, and was gunned down by the Renegade's catcher, who was backing up the play.

The only other IronBirds to reach base were Connor Narron, who walked, and Hoppy, who got on via a fielding error.

Hudson Valley scored what would be the winning run in its first at-bat, added two more in the fourth, then broke things wide open with a five-run outburst in the sixth.

Aberdeen starter Parker Bridwell (1-2) stayed on for five innings, racking up seven strikeouts, walking one and allowing two earned runs on five hits. Jose Mota relieved Bridwell and lasted just a third of an inning, allowing five earned runs on five hits during his short stint. Orlando Alfonso worked through 1-2/3 frames, holding the Renegades to one hit and striking out two, while Steven Mazur closed out the game for Aberdeen with one inning of perfect relief.

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