Tigers Toss Two-Hit Shutout on Sunday Afternoon
NORWICH, CT – The IronBirds mustered only two hits on Sunday afternoon against the Tigers as the Birds were shutout, 5-0. Connecticut scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Jose Nivar wild pitch. The Tigers plated four more runs in the eighth en route to the victory. RHP Brady Wager tossed six scoreless innings in his fourth start with the IronBirds.
Hua-Wei Lo started Sunday’s contest for the Tigers against the IronBirds. Lo tossed five scoreless frames against the Birds and allowed just two hits on the afternoon. Lo’s counterpart, Brady Wager, was just as impressive. Wager surrendered six hits over career-high six innings and did not allow a run. Wager worked out of a jam in his final inning of work. With one out in the frame, DH Tyler Hanover hit a ball down the right field line. LF Will Howard struggled fielding the ball in the corner. Howard recovered and threw into SS Joel Hutter. Hutter relayed the throw to Torsten Boss as third who applied the tag on Hanover for the second out of inning. After a RF Danry Vasquez double to right field, Wager struck out CF Patrick Smith to end the inning.
Wager struck out a career-high five batters on Sunday afternoon.
The first run of the afternoon crossed home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. Facing RHP Jose Nivar, LF Zach Kirksey led off the frame with a double to right field. Kirksey advanced to third on a Edgar Corcino sac bunt and with 1B Juaner Aguasvivas at the dish, Nivar uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Kirksey to score from third.
Connecticut added to their one-run advantage in the bottom of the eighth with four unearned runs. SS Jared Reaves reached via a Torsten Boss fielding error to leadoff the frame. Two batters later, RF Danry Vasquez drove Reaves home on a RBI single into left field. 3B Edgar Corcino brought home the second run of the inning with a sac fly to left field and Juaner Aguasvivas capped off the frame with a two-run double down the left field line.
LHP Efrain Nieves closed out Sunday’s contest with four strikeouts in the ninth inning. 2B Creede Simpson reached in the ninth on a Nieves’ wild pitch.
Nieves (3-1) picked up the win on the afternoon; he struck out five over three hitless innings. Jose Nivar (2-1) got the loss out of the IronBirds’ bullpen.
Aberdeen will look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Connecticut Tigers on Monday night in Norwich, CT. RHP Sebastian Vader (1-5, 4.47) will take the hill for the IronBirds while the Tigers will turn to LHP Jack Duffey (0-3, 3.18). First pitch of the series finale at Dodd Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with coverage beginning on the IronBirds Radio Network at 6:50 p.m.