ABERDEEN, MD - Game two with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers featured strong pitching for Aberdeen, and hitters had even more success. 11 hits for the 'Birds and just two for the Scrappers gave Aberdeen a 7-6 victory.
CAN'T HIT THIS: Rehab pitcher Hunter Harvey and Scott Burke combined for four hitless innings to start the game. Innings two, three and four were 1-2-3 innings.
BATS CLICKING: T.J. Nichting started the scoring for the IronBirds in the second, he came home on an RBI single from Irving Ortega. In the third Mason McCoy brought home Kirvin Moesquit on a single to left and came home to score on a base hit by Nichting. Both McCoy and Moesquit got to second with stolen bases before coming home to score. After three it was 3-0 IronBirds.
Aberdeen kept the bats going in the fourth. Ortega got his second hit of the game and came home on an RBI double by Jean Carrillo. Josh Hart's single moved Carrillo up to third and Moesquit brought him home on a sacrafice fly. Trevor Craport got in on the action with an RBI single to score Hart and Aberdeen led 6-0 after four.
SCRAPPERS SCRAPE BACK: Mahoning Valley's first hit of the game came in the fifth when Clark Scolamiero hit a double to right and came home to score on a ground out by Tyler Friis.
In the 8th Will Benson hit a two RBI triple to narrow the Aberdeen lead to three. 6-3 the IronBirds through seven and a half.
SHUT THE DOOR: Josh Hart smacked a one out triple to set up Aberdeen's final run in the 8th. Kirvin Moesquit's sacrafice fly scored him and the IronBirds led 7-3 heading to the ninth. Joe Johnson was trusted with the save but was replaced by James Teague. Mahoning Valley threatened with three runs in the ninth but the IronBirds squeaked out the 7-6 victory.
'BIRD WATCHING: T.J. Nichting had his 13th multi-hit game and extended his hit streak to 13 contests. Trevor Craport pushed his hitting streak to ten games ... Wednesday was the 20th time the 'Birds have reached the 10+ hit mark ... Aberdeen snapped a three game losing streak and is now 28-21.
UP NEXT: Tomorrow a rubber match kicks off with the Scrappers at 11:05 A.M.
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