Aberdeen holds off Batavia's comeback; win 7-5
The Batavia Muckdogs' New York-Penn League low ERA took a serious hit in their 7-5 loss to the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Wednesday night at Dwyer Stadium. Edgar Garcia (2-3) allowed seven runs, all earned, in just 4.1 innings. The bullpen gave Batavia a chance but Aberdeen held on for the win. Joshua Tamba (4-0) was on the winning side and Luis Lebron collected his league leading ninth save.
The Muckdogs slip out of first place in the Pinckney Division as Mahoning Valley now leads. Batavia's 14-12 record has them just a half-game behind the leader. Aberdeen retakes the top spot in the Mcnamara as the win pushes their record to 17-11, a half-game better than Staten Island.
Batavia did score first in this one with an unearned run in the third. Cody Montgomery reached on two-base error, one of four errors by the Ironbirds. Montgomery tagged and moved to third on a fly ball. He scored on a sacrifice-fly by Quintin Berry and the Muckdogs were up 1-0 without recording a hit in the inning.
Aberdeen answered right back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. After two strikeouts by Garcia to start the inning he issued a walk to Zach Davis. A bunt single put two on and Pedro Silveren cleared the bases with a double into the leftfield corner.
In the fifth it was the Ironbirds again, this time with a big inning. With one out and one runner already on, Chris Vinyard doubled home the first run of the frame. Garcia then hit Brandon Tripp, gave up a two-run homerun to Joel Pacheco, and hit Davis in the back. That was accompanied by a warning to both dugouts by home-plate umpire Travis Hatch however no other batters were hit in the contest. Garcia walked his final batter before John Brownell was called on to replace him. A single and an RBI groundout gave the Ironbirds a 7-1 lead before the inning was over. All 7 runs were charged to Garcia who gave up seven hits, walked three and struck-out seven in the game.
Brownell kept the Muckdogs in it by throwing a scoreless 3.2 innings, scattering four hits. Batavia added one in the sixth, with three singles in the inning. In the eighth it took just one swing to make it a close game again. With two outs Gus Milner hit a three-run shot over the left-centerfield field fence, his first of the year, and it was 7-5. Milner continues to thrive with runners in scoring position, batting .346 with 18 RBIs in 26 at bats.
Four out of the five Muckdog runs were unearned and four Ironbird pitchers were used for the win. The game took 2 hours and 33 minutes to complete in front of 1,008 fans at Dwyer Stadium.
Aberdeen and Batavia will play the rubber game of the series Thursday night at 7:05p.m. Dan Brauer (1-0) will throw for Batavia and Jeff Moore (3-0) goes for Aberdeen.
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