IronBirds bookend the All-Star break with win and loss

Aberdeen at 20–37 on the season, and at the bottom of the McNamara 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 match-up with a one-run rally. 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 frame, 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 hit, striking out one and allowing no walks. 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 IronBird lineup went down on strikes 13 times in the loss, and did not feature a batter with more than one hit.

All-Star Game loss

The New York-Penn League's American League squad, which featured four Aberdeen IronBirds, was beaten 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.

Late-inning surge

With the score of their Sunday-night match-up tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, the Aberdeen IronBirds rallied for one of their largest late-game offensive showings of the season, scoring six times en route to a 9-3 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

The IronBirds' eighth-inning outburst started with Davis' leadoff single between short and third, which was followed by Martin Serrata's bunt base hit.

Davis, who moved to third on Serrata's bunt, scored what would be the winning run when Givens reached base on a fielder's choice.

After Sawyer walked to load the bags, Connor Narron roped a single center that scored Serrata and Givens, putting Aberdeen up 6-3.

Austin Knight came up sixth and hit into a fielder's choice that moved Sawyer over to third base, and the next hitter, Austin Goolsby, went down swinging for the inning's second out. With two down, Dudley Leonora poked a one-RBI single to left, Kyle Hoppy followed with a walk that put men at every base, and Davis wrapped up the rally by knocking Leonora and Knight home with a base hit to right.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Aberdeen tied things up when Goolsby whacked a leadoff homer, his second round-tripper of the year.

After the Crosscutters tied things with a run in the fifth, Aberdeen went ahead again with a pair of tallies.

Starting things off was Kyle Hoppy, who hit a leadoff single, and Serrata followed one out later with a base knock to short right. Givens grounded into the inning's second out, but there to salvage things was Sawyer, who belted a fastball to dead center that drove Hoppy and Serrata home.

Williamsport scored its final run in the top of the seventh.

Zach Fowler picked up his first pitching win of the year with a two-inning relief stint. Through the eighth and ninth frames, Fowler was perfect, striking out two of the six hitters he faced.

Parker Bridwell made the start for Aberdeen and lasted five innings, striking out two, walking two, and surrendering a pair of earned runs on five hits.

Ryan Berry took over on the mound in the sixth and went two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, striking out two and walking one.

Davis and Serrata were the only IronBirds with multiple hits, as each went 2-for-5.

Goolsby's homer was the lone extra-base hit for Aberdeen. Hoppy earned two of the IronBirds' three walks, with Sawyer getting the other base on balls.

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