AUBURN, N.Y. - Bouncing back from a seven-run loss on Tuesday, the Aberdeen IronBirds defeated the Auburn Doubledays 10-3 to force a rubber match on Thursday. Trevor Craport led the way for the IronBirds, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and six RBIs.
IRONBIRDS DON'T DELAY: After a 15-minute rain delay at the start of the evening, the IronBirds scored three times in the first inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. After T.J. Nichting drove in the game's first run with a single, Trevor Craport doubled home a pair to make it a three-run advantage.
IMMEDIATE ANSWER: Auburn struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it a one-run game, but Aberdeen answered right back in the fifth with another three-run inning. Ben Breazeale drove a ball to deep left field to score Kirvin Moesquit, followed by Craport's third RBI of the evening on a single to left field. Breazeale scored the third run of the inning when Craport got in a rundown on a steal attempt to make it 6-2 after five.
CRAPORT'S NIGHT GETS BETTER: With a four-run lead in the seventh, Craport put the game out of reach with a three-run home run to left to make it 9-2. The home run gave him six RBIs and left him a triple short of the cycle.
ICING ON THE CAKE: In the eighth, Irving Ortega hit his first home run of the year to make it a 10-2 advantage.
Auburn would score a run in the ninth, but Aberdeen finished off the game with a 10-3 victory.
'BIRD WATCHING: Aberdeen's 10 runs are a season-high … Ben Breazeale's double in the fifth extended his hitting streak to nine games … Ryan Ripken and T.J. Nichting both extended their hitting streaks to eight games … The IronBirds committed two errors, committing multiple errors in back-to-back games for the first time in 2017.
UP NEXT: Aberdeen goes for the series-win on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Hector Guance takes the mound for the IronBirds.
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