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The Aberdeen IronBirds won yet another one-run contest on Monday night, improving their record to 3-2 over the last five games.

The win moved Aberdeen’s season mark to 19-26, which keeps the team in the cellar of the New York-Penn League’s McNamara Division, five games behind the Hudson Valley Renegades.

In Monday’s game, a 10-inning, 1-0 win over the visiting Staten Island Yankees, Aberdeen’s pitching staff held the opposing batters to five hits, while IronBird hitters managed just three singles and a triple.

Starter Tyler Sexton posted his best pitching performance of the season, going seven innings in which he struck out eight and surrendered only four hits, while not allowing a walk. Sexton, however, had to take a no decision as he was lifted while the game was still tied 0-0.

Joshua Dowdy tossed a pair of scoreless innings, keeping his season ERA at 0.00, struck out three, walked two and allowed Staten Island their final hit of the evening.

Aberdeen’s Jose Barajas (3-2) took the mound on the top of the 10th and retired the side in order to earn his third win of the season.

Catcher Brian Ward led off the home half of the 10th with a single to left, and center fielder Steven Bumbry followed by drawing a walk. With Garabez Rosa pinch running for Ward, shortstop Mike Mooney moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt up the first base line. Second baseman Ty Kelly came up next and aired out a fly ball to left that allowed Rosa to tag up for the game-winning run.

Aberdeen is now 2-2 in 1-0 games this season.

‘Birds lose second straight

Aberdeen dropped its second game in a row on Sunday night with an 11-4 home-field loss to Staten Island.

Trailing 9-0 in the sixth, the IronBirds scored once in each of the next four innings.

Staten Island scored once in the top of the first, added three more runs in the third, and went up 5-0 in the fourth. In the fifth, the Yankees scored four times.

Tom Edwards led Aberdeen offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs. Rosa was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored, while Bumbry was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Kelly hit one double and scored once.

Patrick Kantakevich (2-3) started the game for Aberdeen and surrendered four earned runs on six hits over four innings to take the loss. Brian Sisk allowed four earned runs on four hits in three innings of relief work, while Stephen Procner tossed the final two innings for Aberdeen and held Staten Island to a pair of hits.

Aberdeen loses at home

Playing at Ripken Stadium on Saturday night, the IronBirds watched as Hudson Valley chipped away at a four-run, fourth-inning deficit on their way to beating Aberdeen 7-4.

The IronBirds got their first run of the game in the second inning when Justin Dalles, who had led off with a single, scored from third on a passed ball. Later in the frame, Mooney singled home Brian Conley, and Tom Edwards was forced home when Kelly earned a bases-loaded walk.

Dalles led off the next frame by reaching on an infield error, moved to second on Rich D’Oleo’s base-on balls, and scored from second when Rosa singled to center.

Hudson Valley got on the board in the fourth, scoring once on starter Colin Allen with a pair of singles and a fielding error. Allen surrendered two more runs in the following inning on a double, a single and a hit by pitch before being lifted.

Reliever Jacob Smith (1-1) allowed Hudson Valley to tie the game in the sixth on an unearned run, then let the go-ahead tally cross in the seventh frame. Smith lasted 2 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss, though neither of the two runs he allowed were earned.

Kevin Landry pitched the final two innings for Aberdeen, allowing two earned runs on four hits.

Edwards was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, making him the lone IronBird with multiple hits.

Aberdeen wins another

With two outs, two men on and the score tied 1-1 in the seventh inning of Aberdeen’s Friday-night home game with Hudson Valley, Ward knocked a pitch over the left field wall into the visiting bullpen for a game-winning, three-run homer.

The home run was Ward’s first of the 2009 season.

Hudson Valley drew first blood, scoring once on off starter Nick Haughian in the second frame on a double, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. Haughian tossed six innings and held the opposition to three hits, struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed one walk in a no decision.

In Aberdeen’s half of the third, Conley reached with a two-out single to right then advanced on a wild pitch. Dalles then knocked his teammate home by stroking a base hit into short center.

After both teams went silent for the next three frames, D’Oleo led off the seventh frame with a double, and Conley moved him over to third with a sacrifice bunt. Michael Gioioso earned a walk next, which set the stage for Ward’s game-winner.

Barajas relieved Haughian in the seventh and lasted for two frames, holding Hudson Valley to a pair of hits and striking out one to pick up his second win of the year.

James Brandhorst posted his fourth save of the season with a hitless ninth-inning performance.

‘Birds come back

The IronBirds batters managed just three runs against Hudson Valley on Thursday, but the pitching was so solid that those were more than enough tallies to bring the team a 3-1 win.

Making his eighth start of the season, Kenny Moreland (6-1) picked up his third straight win after going six innings in which he struck out four, walked two and let up one earned run on four hits. Prior to the game, Moreland had not walked a batter in his previous four appearances.

Hudson Valley’s only run of the contest came in the second inning when Moreland allowed a two-out walk and an RBI double.

Levi Carolus helped the winning cause in the fourth by roping a two-out double to the gap in center that scored Kelly, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

The fifth frame saw Dalles lead off with a double to left and move to third on Gioioso’s infield base hit. Arthur Bonevacia hit an RBI single to right that scored Dalles, and Baxter capped scoring for the day with a sacrifice fly to center.

Jake Cowan took over for Moreland in the seventh and held Hudson Valley to one hit over 2 1/3 innings, while striking out three and walking one.

Dowdy pitched the final 0 2/3 innings and earned his second save of the year, holding the opposition hitless.


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