ABERDEEN, MD. - A quick homestand against the Connecticut Tigers started off with a loss for the IronBirds. A throwing error in the 8th inning was the difference.
SCORE EARLY: Connectiut started the game with two quick runs against the IronBirds' Mike Baumann. Colby Bortles and Reynaldo Rivera each picked up RBI's.
The IronBirds answered one run at a time. Kirvin Moesquit led off the first for Aberdeen with a single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout from Ben Breazeale. He scored on an RBI single from Luke Ringhofer.
In the second Jaylen Ferguson reached on a double and got to third on a wild pitch. He came home on an RBI sacrifice fly from Zach Jarrett. After two innings it was 2-2.
NOT OFTEN: Aberdeen's pitching stepped it up from there. Baumann allowed just one more hit and pitched through the fourth inning. Jimmy Murphy took over for his second apperance of the year and retired the first seven batters he faced.
For Connecticut Jhonny Mateo, Oswaldo Castillo and Will Vest combined for four scoreless innings. Mason McCoy hit a ball over the left field wall in the third that would have given Aberdeen the lead but was called foul. Through seven innings the tie held at two.
COSTLY MISTAKES: Connecticut did not have a hit in the 8th but broke the tie. A dropped third strike let Joey Morgan reach base to lead off. A throwing error by Ryan Ripken with runners on first and second allowed a run for the Tigers with two outs. James Teague retired the next batter and the IronBirds had two innings to make up the one run deficit.
LAST CHANCE: The bottom of the order was up for the 'Birds in the ninth. Ryan Ripken led off with an infield single and Garrett Copeland came in to pinch run. A strikeout from Jaylen Ferguson and a fielders choice brought Markel Jones to the plate with two outs. A walk put the game tying run on second for Kirvin Moesquit.
Max Green took over the mound for the Tigers and struckout Moesquit with three pitches to end the game.
'BIRD WATCHING: Ben Breazeale and Ryan Ripken added to their hit streaks which are now 11 games ... Aberdeen is 3-6 in series openers and 2-2 against Connecticut ... The 'Birds stole three bases making their season total 19.
UP NEXT: Connecticut will stay in Aberdeen for game two of the series tomorrow night. First pitch is at 6:05 P.M.
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