One night after they broke out of an eight-game losing streak by beating Lowell, 2-1, the IronBirds fell back into the loss column, falling 9-3 to the visiting Spinners on Thursday.
Heading into the final inning, Aberdeen had collected just four hits on the Lowell staff.
"Sometimes you see very good pitchers, some you see so-so pitchers," Aberdeen manager Leo Gomez said after the game. "Today, the guy that [started] for them pitched a really good game. But, you just need to keep working hard, keep trying to get your bats [working]."
Aberdeen's only scoring rally came in the bottom of the third frame, when they trailed 5-0. After Martin Serrata struck out to start the inning, Mychal Givens followed with a double to deep left field. Wynston Sawyer was the inning's second out, retired on a grounder to first, but Connor Narron came through with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Givens all they way from second base.
IronBirds starter Parker Bridwell allowed a leadoff single in the first, struck out the next hitter, then surrendered a walk. The Lowell leadoff man stole second base, and as he was attempting to swipe third, IronBirds catcher Adam Davis' throw went into left field, allowing the runner to trot home for the game's first run. Bridwell escaped the inning with a strikeout and a pop fly to left.
After getting through the second frame without allowing a hit, then retiring the first two hitters in the third, Bridwell fell apart, allowing three straight doubles to left field for two runs. Before he could get the third out, Bridwell had allowed two more runs on RBI groundouts.
"That's part of the game," Gomez said, referring to his starter's performance. "Sometimes you pitch good, sometimes you're not as good. Last time [Parker] had good stuff, tonight he didn't have the stuff he had before, and that's part of the game."
Lowell scored a pair of unearned runs on reliever Zach Petersime in the sixth, added one more in the seventh with Jose Mota on the mound and then closed out their scoring with one tally on Aberdeen's Orlando Alfonso in the top of the ninth.
Aberdeen had enough left in its final at-bat to get two more runs. Narron earned a leadoff walk, which was followed by Austin Goolsby's single past the second baseman. Kyle Hoppy loaded the bases when he reached on an infield error, and Dudley Leonora came up next, ripping his fourth double of the season out to the left field wall to drive home Hoppy and Narron.
"I think we should have played more aggressive tonight," Gomez said. "We played an aggressive game yesterday, kept the game close for the first four or five innings, but [didn't] see that in the first couple innings tonight."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times