IronBirds lose, 7-4 , to Staten Island Friday night

With fourth straight loss, Aberdeen in cellar at 2-13 on the season

July 02, 2011

The IronBirds' woes continued Friday night as they fell to 2-13 for the year with a 7-4 loss on the road to the Staten Island Yankees.

Not surprisingly, through Friday night's game, the IronBirds were in the cellar of the four-team McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League, three games behind third-place Hudson Valley Renegades.

Trailing, 4-0, heading into the fourth, Aberdeen's offense came to life as Mychal Givens led off with a single up the middle, then swiped second. Joe Velleggia walked to put two men on, and Givens came around to score his team's first run when Wynston Sawyer's pop fly to right was misplayed. Having moved to third on the error, Velleggia later sprinted home on Connor Narron's groundout to first, making the score, 4-2.

In the sixth, with the score still, 4-2, the IronBirds found themselves with men at every base and no outs, as Velleggia and Sawyer hit back-to-back singles and Narron walked. Austin Goolsby came up fourth in the inning and received a bases-loaded walk that pushed Velleggia home, cutting the Yankees' lead to a run. Now in prime position to tie the game, Aberdeen faltered, with Cody Young striking out and Sawyer and Narron were caught in a strange, inning-ending double-play. Sawyer was caught off the bag at third by a surprise throw from the Yankee catcher, and was tagged out at home after breaking for the plate. Narron tried to take third on the play, and was gunned down for the third out.

Staten Island got on the board in the second with reliever Alex Schmarzo on the mound, who relieved starter Aaron Wirsch. Schmarzo surrendered a leadoff walk, then a double, but appeared to settle down after that, retiring the next two hitters. The third batter of the inning earned a walk to load the bases, and the Yankees then scored twice on a error by center fielder Glynn Davis. Schmarzo got out of the inning by striking out the final hitter.

The Yankees doubled their lead in short order during their next turn at the plate, as Schmarzo surrendered a one-out, two-run homer to Staten Island's Reymond Nunez.

Holding a one-run advantage in the sixth, Staten Island broke things open with a three-run rally. Aberdeen reliever Angel Cespedes allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, then surrendered an RBI groundout. Later in the frame, the Yankees' Cito Culver hit a two-RBI double off Cespedes, putting his team up, 7-3.

As with the previous evening, Aberdeen still had enough in the tank to score in their final at-bat. Cody Young swatted a one-out double, and Davis followed with another two-bagger that drove his teammate home, making the score, 7-4. Unfortunately, the IronBirds would get no closer as Austin Knight grounded out to end the game.

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