ABERDEEN, MD - After six games on the road, the IronBirds came home Tuesday night for six games at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. Game one against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers was a battle with five multi-run innings and three lead changes. Aberdeen took the loss 8-7.
DOWN AND OUT EARLY: Five unearned runs for Mahoning Valley came on three IronBird errors in the first four innings. T.J. Nichting knocked in an RBI single for the 'Birds in the third. After four it was 5-1 Scrappers.
BATTLE BACK: Aberdeen used the fifth and sixth to battle their way back into the game. In the fifth an RBI from Nichting, a error on a pickoff play and a wild pitch allowed three runs to score. The sixth was all in the bats. Tristan Graham started the scoring with an RBI-double and came home on a triple from Mason McCoy. Trevor Craports sacrafice fly scored McCoy to give the IronBirds a 7-5.
NO LUCK NINTH: William Reed Hayes took over for the IronBirds in the ninth with a two run lead. The first three men reached on hits and came home to score in the four hit inning. Heading to the bottom it was 8-7 Scrappers.
Without a hit, the IronBirds loaded the bases with just one out in the bottom of the ninth. Kirvin Moesquit pinch hit and hit into a fielders choice, and Tristan Graham struckout to end the game.
'BIRD WATCHING: T.J. Nichting extended his hit streak to 12 games with two hits and an RBI … Nick Vespi tied his career high in strikeouts with 7 fans in three innings of work. Aberdeen has now lost three straight, tying their longest losing streak of the season. Trevor Craport saw his nine game hitting streak come to an end.
UP NEXT: Tomorrow the series continues with Mahoning Valley at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. Hunter Harvey takes the mound for Aberdeen at 7:05 P.M.
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