With a 7-3 win over the host-team Connecticut Tigers on Monday, the Aberdeen IronBirds were able to end a losing skid which had reached five games.
The streak was Aberdeen's third longest string of losses this season, as the IronBirds dropped eight straight games between June 28 and July 5, and were defeated nine straight times after opening the campaign with a victory on June 17.
Through Monday's contest, Aberdeen was 21-41 on the year, and trailing third-place Hudson Valley by nine games in the New York-Penn League's four-team McNamara Division.
With the game knotted 3-3 in the seventh, the IronBirds put up a pair of runs. Austin Knight kicked off the rally by reaching base with two outs on an infield error, Joe Velleggia followed with a walk, and Wynston Sawyer drove Knight home with a single to left. Adam Davis came up next and hit a ground ball single that allowed Velleggia to sprint home, making the score 5-3.
In Aberdeen's half of the eighth, Ryan Zrenda led off with a walk, moved over to second on a wild pitch, and went to third on Martin Serrata's bunt single. Knight eventually knocked Zrenda across with an RBI base hit to center.
Aberdeen got it's final run in the ninth, as Glynn Davis hit an RBI single that plated Adam Davis, who led off with a single, then made it to second on Dudley Leonora's bunt base hit.
The guests jumped out to a lead in the opening frame, with Velleggia drawing a bases-loaded walk that pushed Glynn Davis home.
After Connecticut tied things up with a run in the third, Aberdeen evened things on Zrenda's one-out triple that knocked home Leonora, who had reached with a one-out single. Before the Tigers could get out of the frame, Zrenda scored on Serrata's single to left.
Connecticut was able to tie things yet again with one run in the sixth.
Getting the win, and being charged with a blown save, was Aberdeen reliever Matt Taylor, who worked through three innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, striking out two and walking one.
Tyler Wilson started the game and went five frames, striking out three, allowing no walks, and holding the Tigers to a pair of runs on four hits. Enrico Jimenez closed out the game for Aberdeen with one inning of perfect relief, striking out one of the three hitters he faced.
Fifth straight defeat
After tying things up 1-1 in the seventh frame of Sunday's road game with Connecticut, the IronBirds surrendered four tallies in the home half of the inning en route to a 5-1 loss, which was Aberdeen's fifth straight defeat.
Down 1-0 after the hosts scored their initial run in the opening frame, Aberdeen got its only tally in the seventh. Adam Davis led off with a single, Leonora followed with a walk, Kyle Hoppy took a pitch off his body to load the bags, and Glynn Davis lofted a sacrifice fly that allowed Adam Davis to tag up from third.
The bottom part of the seventh saw Connecticut score four times, but only one of those runs was charged to reliever Matt Drummond, as the IronBird infield committed three errors during the frame.
Drummond (0-3) was charged with the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits, striking out two and walking one over 1-1/3 innings. Angel Cespedes started the game for Aberdeen and lasted five innings in which he limited the host team to one unearned run on three hits, struck out two and walked none. Zach Petersime tossed the final 1-2/3 innings, surrendering two hits and holding the Tigers scoreless.
Adam Davis, the lone IronBird with multiple hits, went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Aberdeen battled back to within a run of the host-team Tigers on Saturday night, but wound up coming up just short in a 4-3 loss.
Down 4-0 after allowing one run in the second and three more in the third, the IronBirds cut the home team's lead on two during the seventh frame. Adam Davis started with a double to left, and he was knocked home immediately by Zrenda's two-bagger to right. Leonora came up next and hit a single to right that allowed Zrenda to motor home from second.
Needing two more runs to knot things 4-4, Aberdeen started the ninth off on the right foot, as Adam Davis hit a leadoff double into the right field gap. Davis moved over to third, then scored his team's third run on Serrata's base up the middle. With two outs the tying run at first, Glynn Davis grounded out to short, ending the contest.
Jose Mota (1-2) started for Aberdeen and was charged with the loss, going 2-1/3 innings in which he struck out four, did not allow a walk, and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits.
Zach Fowler came on in the third inning and tossed 3-2/3 hitless frames, striking out one and walking one along the way. Closing things out for Aberdeen was Travis Strong, who allowed one hit and one walk over two innings of work.
'Birds winged in twin bill
Following a rainout on Thursday, the IronBirds met with the Auburn Doubledays twice the following evening, and were beaten in both ends of the double header, 8-3 and 4-1.
As is customary in the New York-Penn League, both games of the twin bill were shortened to seven innings.
The second game saw the IronBirds lose by five runs, after failing to score in the first five innings.
Down 6-0 in the sixth, Aberdeen's offense got its first spark when Velleggia led off with a single, and Sawyer followed with a double to left. Connor Narron came to the plate next and bashed a single up the middle that pushed both of his teammates across.
Auburn added two more runs in the home half of the sixth to go up 8-2.
In the final frame, Knight earned a leadoff walk, then scored Aberdeen's final tally when Velleggia smashed a double into right field.
Auburn scored once in the first inning, added three more in the second, and padded its lead by two more in the fifth.
Aberdeen starter Trent Howard (3-2) was saddled with the loss after tossing four innings in which he allowed four earned runs on six hits, struck out four and walked three. Alex Schmarzo tossed one inning of relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits, while Taylor also had a one-inning relief stint, surrendering three hits and a pair of earned runs.
The double header's opening match-up saw the IronBirds go silent for the first five innings as well, eventually losing 4-1.
Aberdeen's only run came in the sixth, which was started off by Serrata's base on balls. Mychal Givens and Sawyer followed with walks of their own to load the bases, and one out later Knight hit a grounder to short that allowed Serrata to scurry home from third.
The Doubledays scored twice in the first inning, and added their last two runs in the fifth.
Matt Hobgood (0-5) took his fifth straight loss of the season, going four innings, issuing seven walks, striking out one and surrendering four earned runs on four hits in the start. Ryan Berry tossed the final two innings for Aberdeen, striking out one, walking two and holding the hosts to one hit.