The Aberdeen IronBirds' Wednesday-night match up was decided in the fifth frame, during which the host-team Jamestown Jammers exploded for five runs, putting themselves far enough ahead to hand the guests an 8-3 defeat.
The loss dropped Aberdeen to 12-27 on the season, and through Wednesday, the IronBirds were at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's four-team McNamara Division, 7.5 gams behind third-place Hudson Valley.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the fourth frame, Aberdeen tied things up 1-1. After Joe Velleggia and Connor Narron started the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, Austin Knight poked a two-out single through the infield, and Adam Davis followed by taking a pitch off his body. Dudley Leonora walked to load up the bases, and up next was Kyle Hoppy, who earned a base on balls, pushing Knight home and knotting the two teams at one run apiece.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Jamestown got to Aberdeen reliever Matt Hobgood for five runs on three singles, a double, two walks and a wild pitch before he was pulled in favor of Alex Schmarzo, who got the inning's final out after allowing a base hit.
Schmarzo surrendered a one-out, solo homer in the bottom of the seventh frame that put Jamestown up 7-1, and in the following frame, Aberdeen reliever Matt Drummond allowed a solo shot with two men down, giving the hosts a seven-run cushion heading into the ninth.
In their final at-bat, the IronBirds had enough left in the tank to post a pair or runs. Narron began the frame by being hit with a pitch, Knight earned a walk, and Adam Davis was plunked to put men at every bag with no outs. Leonora, representing a possible seventh run, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, but Narron was able to scamper home from third for Aberdeen's second tally. Hoppy came up fifth and rapped out a single to left that pushed knight across the plate for game's final run.
Knight finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs and one walk, while Hoppy was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one walk. Davis, Velleggia and Mychal Givens each had a single in the loss.
Hobgood (0-2) lasted 1-2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits, striking out one and walking two. Schmarzo had Aberdeen's longest stint on the mound, working through 3-1/3 frames in which he scattered five hits and allowing just one earned run. Brandon Erbe started for the IronBirds and went one inning, holding the Jammers hitless and striking out one batter. Luis Lebron relieved Erbe in the second and tossed an inning of perfect relief.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times