The Aberdeen IronBirds managed to avoid being shut out for the second straight night Sunday, but they could not dodge their 15th loss of the young season, getting shellacked, 15-1, by the Hudson Valley Renegades in New York.
Through Sunday's game, the IronBirds had won just two of their 17 regular-season contests, and were sitting at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's four-team McNamara Division, 5.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley.
Aberdeen's lone run came in the visiting half of the eighth, when the IronBirds were trailing 9-0. Chris Clinton kicked off his team's only scoring rally by belting a leadoff triple to dead center, and his three-bagger was followed by Austin Knight's RBI base hit to right.
Hudson Valley, which had scored three in the fourth, two in the fifth and four more in the seventh, added six tallies in the bottom of the eighth to its already generous advantage.
Despite Hudson Valley's double-digit run output, the first third of the game was scoreless, as Aberdeen starter Jake Cowan (0-3) retired the first 10 Renegade hitters he faced. With one out in the fourth, Cowan's perfect game was broken up when he surrendered a double, and Hudson Valley went on to score three runs before the Aberdeen hurler could escape the inning. In 4-2/3 innings of work, Cowan allowed five earned runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one.
Offensively, the IronBirds were led by Mychal Givens, who went 3-for-4 with a double. Knight was 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Clinton went 1-for-5 with a triple and one run scored. The only other Aberdeen batter to find a hit was Connor Narron, who was 1-for-4 with a single. Adam Davis earned both the IronBirds walks..