AUBURN, NY -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat the Aberdeen IronBirds, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, 12-5 on Tuesday night at Falcon Park. Auburn has now won five of its last six games.
Aberdeen (11-8) opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first on just one hit. A walk and a fielder's choice contributed to the cause. Auburn promptly scored four unanswered runs to take a 4-2 lead, including three runs in the top of the second. Zach Collier provided the big blow of the second inning with a two-run single into short right field. Collier finished the evening 3-4 with a triple and two runs scored. The outfielder is now 8-20 (.400) in his six-game rehab stint with the Doubledays.
After the IronBirds cut it to a 4-3 game in the top of the third, the Doubledays responded with three two-out runs in the bottom of the third. Auburn was one strike away from a scoreless third inning. Three hits, two errors, a walk, and a hit by pitch brought the runs home for the Doubledays in the third inning. Aberdeen committed four errors on the evening.
The IronBirds refused to quit, scoring single runs in the top of the fourth and the top of the sixth to make it 7-5 entering the bottom of the sixth. Auburn promptly scored five unanswered runs to put the game out of reach. Six combined hits, including a triple from Zach Collier and a double from Luis Vilorio, produced the five combined runs in the seventh and eighth. Vilorio had not appeared in a game for the Doubledays since June 23rd.
Alex Troop earned the win for Auburn, allowing two earned runs in 3.1 innings on five hits. The former Michigan State pitcher struck out four while walking just one in his relief outing. Tobias Myers started and took the loss for Aberdeen. In 2.2 innings, the 18-year-old allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits. Myers had allowed one earned run in his previous 15 innings of work this season.
Game two in the series is slated for 7:05 on Wednesday night. The Doubledays and IronBirds meet just twice more during the regular season.
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