Tri-City scored early and often in the final game of the series and win, 12-2
ABERDEEN, MD- The ValleyCats struck first against the IronBirds last night in the rubbermatch of the three game series at Ripken Stadium. Runs were plated by the ValleyCats in four consecutive innings. A grand slam in the 3rd inning sealed the series win for the ValleyCats.
RHP David Richardson (3-2, 2.91) took the mound for the Birds while LHP Brian Holmes (5-1, 2.40) started for the ValleyCats. In his previous outing, Richardson struck out a career-high nine batters over six innings.
ValleyCats plated two runs in the top of the first when SS Joe Sclafani scored off of a C Jobduan Morales single and later in the inning when DH Tyler Heineman scored off of a 2B Austin Elkins single.
In the top of the third, with the bases loaded, ValleyCats 1B Jesse Wierzbicki walked home after CF Neiko Johnson was hit by a pitch from Richardson. Shortly after, the ValleyCats added a handful of runs to the score when RF Jarrod McKinney smacked a grand slam to far left field. ValleyCats exited the third inning with a 7-1 lead.
Individual runs were scored in 4th, 5th and 6th innings for the ValleyCats. ValleyCats added two more runs in the 8th bringing the score to 12-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, LF Will Howard sent a double to left field; a ground out by 2B Anthony Caronia allowed Howard to reach third and later score off of a RBI single by Vega.
After a thirty minute rain delay, the game was officially called in the eighth inning, bringing the final score to 12-2. Holmes (6-1) took the win for the ValleyCats while Richardson (3-3) was assigned the loss for the IronBirds. P John Neely entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and got the save for the ValleyCats.
The IronBirds will continue their homestand in a three game series against the Connecticut Tigers on Friday, August 10. LHP Jorge Rivera (0-1, 4.66) will start the series on the mound for the Birds while RHP Endrys Briceno (4-2, 5.04) will start on the mound for the Tigers. First pitch at Ripken Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m. Coverage on the IronBirds Radio Network will begin at 6:50 p.m.
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