The IronBirds battled the visiting Staten Island Yankees Friday, but it wasn't enough as Aberdeen lost its third straight.
The 8-4 loss was attended by an announced 6,517 IronBirds faithful.
With the defeat, Aberdeen was 22-44 on the season and in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, 9.5 games behind the Hudson Valley Renegades.
"It was tough," IronBirds manager Leo Gomez said. "We missed that routine double play in the first, that caused a couple runs, and it cost us. We failed a couple times with men on third base and less than two outs. You have to get that man home if you want to win some ballgames. Tonight, they tried to hard with men on third base. Last night we didn't really have any chances, but tonight there was three or four times we had a chance, where men were at third with less than two out. Pretty much, that's what happened tonight, why we didn't win."
Trailing, 7-3, heading into the bottom of the seventh, Aberdeen scored once and brought the tying run to the plate, but didn't get closer than three runs. After Austin Knight struck out to start the inning, Mychal Givens got on base via a walk. Joe Velleggia came up next and reached first when his grounder to third was misplayed. Aberdeen's fourth hitter, Wynston Sawyer, hit into a fielder's choice that forced Velleggia at second. With runners at the corners, Connor Narron hit a high bouncer to the right side of the infield. The Yankees second baseman charged in with his glove low, but the ball rolled up his arm and into the outfield, allowing Givens to score from third. Ryan Zrenda then came to the plate as the tying run, but he hit into an inning-ending force out to first.
Already trailing, 4-0, in the second, the IronBirds cut the visitors' lead in half with a two-run outburst. Velleggia began the frame with a leadoff walk, Sawyer followed with a single and Narron loaded the bags with a base knock up the middle. Velleggia scored on Zrenda's groundout to first, which moved Sawyer to third. Sawyer scored Aberdeen's second run when Dudley Leonora hit an RBI groundout to third. Representing the tying run, Martin Serrata went down swinging to end the inning.
Just two runs behind their guests, Aberdeen started the home half of the third with a two-bagger to left courtesy of Glynn Davis. After Knight grounded out to third, Givens singled to left, moving Davis to third. Velleggia brought Davis home in short order, bashing an RBI single to center, making the score, 4-3.
Making his second start of the season, Aberdeen's Angel Cespedes was knocked around for two runs in the opening frame, allowed another two in the second, then surrendered one final tally before being relieved in the fourth. Over 3-2/3 innings, Cespedes was charged with three earned runs on seven hits, struck out two hitters and walked three.
Zach Petersime came on in the fourth and lasted 2-2/3 frames, striking out three, walking one and allowing one earned run on five hits. Matt Taylor tossed 2-2/3 innings of relief for Aberdeen, holding Staten Island to one earned run on one hit, striking out three and walking one hitter.
Velleggia went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in the loss, while Narron was 2-for-3 with a walk.
"Velleggia was swinging the bat good tonight," Gomez said. "Davis did good job on the bases."