IronBirds Swept in Connecticut
NORWICH, CT – For the second straight night, the Connecticut Tigers blanked the IronBirds as the Tigers completed the three-game sweep of the Birds with a 3-0 win on Monday night. Aberdeen’s only run of the three-game series came in the second inning of the Saturday night’s loss to the Tigers; a streak of 25 consecutive innings without a run.
RHP Sebastian Vader took the hill for the IronBirds in the series finale at Dodd Stadium and was untouchable through four innings. Vader retired the first 12 batters he faced. LF Zach Kirksey led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and snapped Vader’s no-hit bid. Following a Tyler Hanover strike out, Kirksey stole third base. The IronBirds’ infield came in with 3B Edgar Corcino at the dish. Corcino hit a blooper off Vader the dropped into shallow right field. Kirksey scored from third to give the Tigers a one-run lead. Corcino scored Connecticut’s second run of the frame following a Torsten Boss throwing error.
The Tigers added another run off Vader in the seventh inning on Juaner Aguasvivas RBI double to right-center. On the night, Vader allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits over a career-high seven innings of work while walking none and striking out a season-high six batters.
With two outs in the ninth inning, the IronBirds tried to put together a rally but their efforts fell short. With 1B Cameron Edman on second and DH Sam Kimmel on first, LHP Alex Phillips struck out LF Will Howard to end the game.
LHP Jack Duffey (1-3) picked up the win on the night after he allowed three hits over five shutout frames. Vader (1-6) got the tough luck loss on the night while Alex Phillips notched his first save of his professional career.
Tommy Winegardner tossed a scoreless eighth inning out of the IronBirds’ bullpen and lowered his ERA to 0.66 in 13 relief appearances.
The IronBirds return home on Tuesday night for a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners. LHP Lex Rutledge (0-1, 13.50) will start the series opener for Aberdeen while the Spinners will send RHP Pat Light (0-1, 2.37) to the hill. First pitch from Ripken Stadium is set for 7:05 with coverage set to begin at 6:50 p.m. on the IronBirds Radio Network.