Batavia, NY- The Aberdeen IronBirds fell behind early and never were able to generate a comeback as they fell, 7-3, to the Batavia Muckdogs.
The Muckdogs scored twice in the third. JT Riddle and Carlos Lopez reached and then came in to score on a Felix Munoz two run double down the left field line and Batavia held a 2-0 lead.
Batavia scored three runs on one play in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Austin Dean hit a chopper that got under the glove of Jeff Kemp and went into right field. Riddle scored on contact. Lopez then came home when the ball got by Kemp, and he scored when Kalush couldn't come up with the Bierfeldt throw home. When the throw got by Kalush, Felix Munoz came in to score and it was 5-0 Batavia.
The Muckdogs added two runs in the sixth on four hits, including a Munoz RBI double, making it 7-0 Muckdogs.
Aberdeen got on the board in the top of the seventh. After consecutive singles from George Barber and Scott Kalush, Sam Kimmel advanced the runners with a groundout. Kemp then hit an RBI groundout to second base, scoring Kalush and making the score 7-1.
The IronBirds got two more runs in the ninth. Trey Mancini and Conor Bierfeldt hit RBI singles, but it wasn't enough as the IronBirds fell, 7-3.
Dylan Rheault takes the loss. He went four innings, allowing six hits, two runs, and two walks, while getting two strikeouts. He falls to 0-1 on the season.
Aberdeen heads into the All-Star Break at 26-24 and still in first place in the McNamara Division. Trey Mancini, Austin Wynns, Jimmy Yacabonis, and Mike Yastrzemski will head to Connecticut to play in the All-Star Game Tuesday night. The IronBirds return to the field as a team on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. when they open up a brief two game home stand against the Staten Island Yankees.
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