AUBURN, NY -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell at Falcon Park to the Aberdeen IronBirds, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, 10-3 on Wednesday night. The series is now tied at one game apiece.
After a rain delay pushed back the start of the game from 7:05 to 7:25, Aberdeen (12-8) scored three runs in the top of the first on four hits. Kirvin Moesquit doubled on the first pitch of the game and was promptly driven home by T.J. Nichting's single in the following at-bat. Later on in the frame, with Ben Breazeale and Jean Carrillo on base, Trevor Craport smacked a two-run double off the left-centerfield wall to make it 3-0. Austin Voth started the game for Auburn and lasted just two innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Voth eventually took the loss.
Auburn (8-14) scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut it to a one-run game. After Paul Panaccione struck out to start the inning, Pedro Severino tripled off the centerfield wall, Chance Shepard walked, and Randy Encarnacion grounded into a fielder's choice to score Severino. Branden Boggetto then pulled off a successful safety squeeze to bring home Shepard. Jonthan Pryor would ground out to end the inning.
The IronBirds promptly scored the game's next seven runs to put it out of reach. Aberdeen scored three runs in the fifth, three more runs in the seventh, and one run in the top of the eighth. Highlights included a solo home run by Irving Ortega over the Falcon Park scoreboard in the eighth along with a Trevor Craport three-run home run in the seventh. Craport finished the game with six RBI. Auburn scored one run in the bottom of the ninth on three hits, but Scott Burke came out of the bullpen with runners on second and third and one out to retire Omar Meregildo and Joshual Ramirez and end the game.
Jon Keller earned the win for Aberdeen, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. The series wraps up at 7:05 on Thursday night at Falcon Park. Ben Braymer starts for Auburn.
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