IronBirds Come Up Short In Series Finale

A four run deficit was too much for Aberdeen to overcome

Jul 15, 2017 - Aberdeen , MD - The Aberdeen IronBirds play at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium (J. Kelley Dentry)

By Aberdeen IronBirds | July 16, 2017 7:10 PM ET

ABERDEEN, MD. - A four run differential in the seventh was too much for the IronBirds to overcome in the series finale with the Connecticut Tigers. 5-4 was the final score.

I'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE (AGAIN): Connecticut earned the first run of the game with an RBI double off the bat of Reynaldo Rivera in the first inning. Colby Bortles started both Friday and Saturday's game with RBI doubles. Aberdeen trailed 1-0 after one.

It took until the second for the IronBirds to answer, but they did with an RBI single from Garrett Copeland to score T.J. Nichting. 

JUMP IN FRONT: Dylan Rosa's RBI double in the fifth inning gave the Tigers the lead. Hunter Swilling would score on a wild pitch from Josh Keaton and make it a 3-1 game after five innings.

TWO OUT TROUBLE: Scoring continued for Connecticut in the seventh inning when four straight batters reached base with two outs. Dylan Burdeaux knocked an RBI single for the first run of the inning. 

Reynaldo Rivera matched that with his second RBI of the night to score Garrett McCain. Aberdeen trailed 5-1 after six and a half.

GRAHAM GOES BIG: After a three hit night on Saturday, Tristan Graham cranked a three run homerun in the seventh to bring the IronBirds within one. With two innings left Connecticut led 5-4.

The IronBirds came to bat in the ninth trailing by one. Garret Copeland struck out to lead off and Tristan Graham followed with a fly out to left field. Zach Jarret had a chance to extend the game but grounded out to end the contest.

'BIRD WATCHING: A double to left for Ben Breazeale pushed his hitting streak to 13 games ... The loss brings Aberdeen to 4-3 in three game series. They have completed their second series againts the Tigers and have now split the six games 3-3.

UP NEXT: Aberdeen hits the road tomorrow to play four games in Lowell. They'll start with a double header tomorrow night at 6:05 P.M.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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