IronBirds endure long day, but make it worthwhile with two wins over Wilmington

The Aberdeen IronBirds had a long, but good day Friday.

The ‘Birds finished Thursday’s continuation with a win, 7-6, over the Wilmington Blue Rocks and then after a 1 hour, 22 minute weather delay, won again, 6-3, in a seven-inning, High-A South Atlantic League game at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

In the second game, the ‘Birds (61-38 overall, 18-15 second half) went ahead in the first inning.

TT Bowens doubled to the left-center field wall, plating Heston Kjerstad.

Aberdeen starter Chayce McDermott, who was acquired in the Orioles trade of Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, was sharp in an inning of work. Blue Rocks leadoff batter Ricardo Mendez reached base on catcher’s interference, but McDermott struck out the side in his Aberdeen debut.

McDermott did not return to the mound after the delay.

“Game 2, we only got to see McDermott for one inning due to weather and he was electric in his one inning of work. Struck out 3 of 4 batters he faced. Look forward to seeing him back on the mound,” Aberdeen manager Roberto Mercado said. “After the hour-and-a-half delay, Ricky Ramirez came in and pitched four solid innings for us. [Darell] Hernaiz had a great day at the plate going 3-for-4.”

Ramirez (W, 3-0) took over and the Blue Rocks (51-48) scored twice off him in the third. Jordan Barley’s bunt single opened the inning and he stole second base. A Mendez (2-for-3) single scored Barley. The Blue Rocks added a second run with two outs as Onix Vega and Yasel Antuna hit consecutive singles.

Aberdeen, though, also scored twice to retake the lead. Kjerstad, who went 0-for-3 to snap a 10-game hit streak, reached on a fielder’s choice to plate Isaac Bellony. Kjerstad later scored on a wild pitch.

Ramirez (7H, 2R, 2K) tossed two scoreless innings to end his four-inning effort.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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