Ironbirds lose, 4-2, to Auburn in first game after All-Star break

Aberdeen sitting at 20–37 on the year

at the bottom of the division

August 19, 2011

In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Aberdeen IronBirds squandered an early lead in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the host-team Auburn Doubledays.

At 20-37 on the year, the IronBirds were still at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division as of Wednesday, seven games behind third-place Hudson Valley.

Aberdeen kicked things off in the opening frame of Wednesday's matchup, scoring once. Glynn Davis led off the inning with a ground ball single between short and third, promptly stole second base, then moved to third on Mychal Givens' groundout. With Wynston Sawyer at the plate, Davis scored on a wild pitch.

Davis was again the catalyst in the third, earning a one-out walk and swiping second base, then scoring his team's final run on Givens' two-out single to right.

Auburn answered with one run in the fifth inning, tied things up in the sixth, then got to reliever Devin Jones for two tallies on three hits, a walk and an error to go up 4-2.

Jones (1-3) lasted just a third of an inning and was charged with the loss.

Making the start for Aberdeen was Tyler Wilson, who lasted five innings in a no decision, striking out three, walking one and holding the Auburn lineup to one run on two hits.

Angel Cespedes came out of the IronBird bullpen in the sixth and worked through one frame, surrendering one run on one hit and striking out one without allowing a walk. Enrico Jimenez finished the game for Aberdeen with 1-2/3 innings of relief, holding Auburn scoreless, striking out one hitter and surrendering a pair of walks.

The IronBirds lineup went down on strikes 13 times in the loss, and no batter had more than one hit.

All-Star Game loss

The New York-Penn League's American League squad, which featured four Aberdeen IronBirds, lost 7-3 on Tuesday night at Lelacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

The top performance of Aberdeen's selections came from left-handed pitcher Trent Howard, who tossed one perfect inning in the third, striking out one hitter along the way.

Second baseman Dudley Leonora and outfielder Glynn Davis did not start the game, but each had one at-bat after being substituted in. Both were retired in their lone plate appearance.

First-baseman Joe Velleggia did not make an appearance in the loss.

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