In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Aberdeen IronBirds squandered an early lead in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the host-team Auburn Doubledays.
At 20-37 on the year, the IronBirds were still at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division as of Wednesday, seven games behind third-place Hudson Valley.
Aberdeen kicked things off in the opening frame of Wednesday's match-up with a one-run rally. Glynn Davis led off the inning with a ground ball single between short and third, promptly stole second base, then moved to third on Mychal Givens' groundout. With Wynston Sawyer at the plate, Davis scored on a wild pitch.
Davis was again the catalyst in the third frame, earning a one-out walk and swiping second base, then scoring his team's final run on Givens' two-out single to right.
Auburn answered with one run in the fifth inning, tied things up in the sixth, then got to reliever Devin Jones for two tallies on three hits, a walk and an error to go up 4-2.
Jones (1-3) lasted just a third of an inning and was charged with the loss.
Making the start for Aberdeen was Tyler Wilson, who lasted five innings in a no decision, striking out three, walking one and holding the Auburn lineup to one run on two hits.
Angel Cespedes came out of the IronBird bullpen in the sixth and worked through one frame, surrendering one run on hit, striking out one and allowing no walks. Enrico Jimenez finished the game for Aberdeen with 1-2/3 innings of relief, holding Auburn scoreless, striking out one hitter and surrendering a pair of walks.
The IronBird lineup went down on strikes 13 times in the loss, and did not feature a batter with more than one hit.
All-Star Game loss
The New York-Penn League's American League squad, which featured four Aberdeen IronBirds, was beaten 7-3 on Tuesday night at Lelacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
The top performance of Aberdeen's selections came from left-handed pitcher Trent Howard, who tossed one perfect inning in the third, striking out one hitter along the way.
Second baseman Dudley Leonora and outfielder Glynn Davis did not start the game, but each had one at-bat after being substituted in. Both were retired in their lone plate appearance.
First-baseman Joe Velleggia did not make an appearance in the loss.
With the score of their Sunday-night match-up tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, the Aberdeen IronBirds rallied for one of their largest late-game offensive showings of the season, scoring six times en route to a 9-3 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
The IronBirds' eighth-inning outburst started with Davis' leadoff single between short and third, which was followed by Martin Serrata's bunt base hit.
Davis, who moved to third on Serrata's bunt, scored what would be the winning run when Givens reached base on a fielder's choice.
After Sawyer walked to load the bags, Connor Narron roped a single center that scored Serrata and Givens, putting Aberdeen up 6-3.
Austin Knight came up sixth and hit into a fielder's choice that moved Sawyer over to third base, and the next hitter, Austin Goolsby, went down swinging for the inning's second out. With two down, Dudley Leonora poked a one-RBI single to left, Kyle Hoppy followed with a walk that put men at every base, and Davis wrapped up the rally by knocking Leonora and Knight home with a base hit to right.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, Aberdeen tied things up when Goolsby whacked a leadoff homer, his second round-tripper of the year.
After the Crosscutters tied things with a run in the fifth, Aberdeen went ahead again with a pair of tallies.
Starting things off was Kyle Hoppy, who hit a leadoff single, and Serrata followed one out later with a base knock to short right. Givens grounded into the inning's second out, but there to salvage things was Sawyer, who belted a fastball to dead center that drove Hoppy and Serrata home.
Williamsport scored its final run in the top of the seventh.
Zach Fowler picked up his first pitching win of the year with a two-inning relief stint. Through the eighth and ninth frames, Fowler was perfect, striking out two of the six hitters he faced.
Parker Bridwell made the start for Aberdeen and lasted five innings, striking out two, walking two, and surrendering a pair of earned runs on five hits.
Ryan Berry took over on the mound in the sixth and went two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, striking out two and walking one.
Davis and Serrata were the only IronBirds with multiple hits, as each went 2-for-5.
Goolsby's homer was the lone extra-base hit for Aberdeen. Hoppy earned two of the IronBirds' three walks, with Sawyer getting the other base on balls.
Aberdeen skipper Leo Gomez, who was back at the helm for the first time since being levied a three-game suspension after an epic tirade in last Wednesday's road game with State College, during which he allegedly bumped an umpire and threw third base after pulling it from its moorings, found himself making an early exit once again, as he was ejected in the bottom of the eighth for arguing a force call at second base.
Hobgood poleaxed in 'Birds loss
Five days after his finest start since joining the IronBirds three weeks ago, Orioles' first-round pick Matt Hobgood could not make it out of the second inning on Saturday night in his team's rain shortened, 8-2 loss to Williamsport at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
With the defeat, the IronBirds fell to 19-36 on the season and remain at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, trailing third-place Hudson Valley by eight games.
The start of Saturday's match-up was delayed for 90 minutes by heavy rains, and the game was halted with Aberdeen at the plate in the bottom of the eighth when foul weather returned.
Hobgood, who retired the first eight hitters he faced in a no decision on Monday, surrendered back-to-back singles to start the game, walked the third Crosscutter he faced, then plunked the next man up in the middle of his back, pushing the visitors' first run across the plate.
Two more runs were scored during the next at-bat when second baseman Knight's double-play throw went wide of Sawyer at first.
Hobgood walked the next hitter and followed with his first and only strikeout of the game, then he surrendered another walk to load the bases. Before getting the final out of the frame on a fly ball to left, the Aberdeen starter uncorked a wild pitch that allowed another Williamsport runner to cross the plate, making the score 4-0.
Hobgood started the second inning by walking the leadoff man, who swiped second base, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on shortstop Givens' fielding error. The inning's fourth hitter was drilled in the back by Hobgood, who was then removed from the game in favor of reliever Alex Schmarzo, who allowed that runner to score, making it 6-0.
Through 1-1/3 innings of work, Hobgood walked four, struck out one and was charged with four earned runs on two hits.
Aberdeen got on the board in the fifth, rallying for a pair of tallies.
Serrata came up third and sparked the outburst with a two-out single to left, which was followed by Givens' opposite field base knock. Sawyer walked to load the bases, then Narron ripped a single up the third-base line to score Serrata and Givens.
Williamsport answered the IronBirds' rally in their next at-bat, scoring once during the sixth, then put up the game's final run in the top of the seventh.
Schmarzo stayed on the mound for 2-2/3 innings, holding the Crosscutters to two hits, striking out a pair and issuing no walks.
Matt Drummond posted a two-inning relief stint, allowing one earned run on two hits, striking out one and walking one. Jimenez was Aberdeen's final pitcher of the evening, and he struck out one, walked two and surrendered one run on three hits in an inning of work.
Narron was Aberdeen's hottest bat by a long shot, picking up three of the IronBirds' five hits and driving in both of his team's runs. Serrata and Givens both went 1-for-4 in the loss, while Sawyer drew Aberdeen's only walk.
Second straight loss
Coming off their most successful stint of the season, during which they won six out of seven games, the IronBirds fell for the second straight night Friday, losing 7-3 to the visiting Crosscutters.
Down 1-0 in the home half of the first, Aberdeen rang up one run to knot the contest 1-1. Glynn Davis led off the frame with a single to left, moved over to second base when the Crosscutters hurler uncorked a wild pitch, then scurried to third on Serrata's sacrifice bunt. Givens came up third and hit a groundout to second that allowed Davis to score from third.
The IronBirds went up 2-1 in the second inning. Sawyer kicked off the rally with a leadoff walk, and after moving to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, scored when Adam Davis drilled an RBI base hit to short center field.
Trailing 3-2 in the fourth after the visitors posted a pair of runs in the third, Aberdeen tied things up in short order. Adam Davis blasted a pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of the season.
The IronBirds failed to plate a run for the balance of the contest.
Aberdeen lost control of the game in the top of the seventh, while still tied up 3-3. In that inning, Williamsport pasted Aberdeen reliever Zach Petersime for four runs on five singles and a walk. Both teams went silent for the rest of the game.
Petersime (0-3) was saddled with the loss, going 1-1/3 innings in which he allowed five hits and did not record a strikeout.
Jose Mota made the start for Aberdeen and lasted four innings, striking out three and surrendering three earned runs on five hits without allowing a walk. Luis Lebron threw one inning of relief for the IronBirds, striking out two of the three hitters he faced in a perfect frame. Cespedes finished out the game with a 2-2/3 inning stint, holding Williamsport to a pair of hits and posting two strikeouts.
Adam Davis was the lone IronBird with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a homer, one run and two RBIs.
In their Thursday-night road contest with the State College Spikes, the IronBirds were knocked off by a single run, as their hosts scored a walk-off tally in the bottom of the 10th inning to deal Aberdeen a 5-4 loss.
The visitors wasted little time putting their hosts behind, scoring twice in the opening frame. Leadoff man Glynn Davis pasted a double to start the rally, then scored the first run of the game when Sammie Starr's bunt to third base was mishandled. After moving over to second when Given's earned a walk, Starr scored on Sawyer's base hit up the middle, giving Aberdeen a 2-0 edge.
State College scored once in the bottom half of the first to cut the Aberdeen lead in half, then came back with the tying run in the fourth.
Aberdeen did not get back on the board until the sixth, which opened with Starr's leadoff double to left. Givens moved his teammate over to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Sawyer followed with a single to center that brought Starr home for the tying run.
The Spikes took a 4-3 advantage with two runs in the bottom half of the eight, but the IronBirds were able to tie things back up in the ninth. Narron began the rally with a one-out single, then took second base on Knight's groundout. Leonora pushed Narron over to third with a base hit to right, and Serrata took a pitch off his body to load the bases. With Davis at the plate, the Spikes reliever unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Narron to score and knot the game at 4-4.
State College got to Jones for the winning run in the 10th on a double, an intentional walk and a sacrifice fly.
IronBird starter Trent Howard went five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one in a no decision. Berry tossed a pair of innings in relief, holding the Spikes to one hit over that stretch. Matt Taylor came on in the eighth and allowed two earned runs on two hits in just 1/3 of an inning. Jones (1-2) lasted two innings, allowing three hits and one earned run in the loss.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times