Un­earned run dooms IronBirds in 1-0 loss to Val­leyCats


Spe­cial to the Whig

— One-score losses in any sport are hard to swal­low, es­pe­cially when that score is an un­earned run.

That proved to be the case Wed­nes­day for the Ironbirds, who will need to move on af­ter drop­ping a dis­ap­point­ing 1-0 con­test to the vis­it­ing Tri-City Val­leyCats at Lei­dos Field at Rip­ken Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.

With the win, the Val­leyCats close in on the Lowell


Spin­ners in the St­edler Di­vi­sion of the New York-Penn league, shav­ing the Spin­ners’ lead to just one game.

The loss keeps Aberdeen (18-26) in dead last within the McNa­mara Di­vi­sion, as well as adding to the sec­ond-worst record in the league.

The game be­gan as a pitcher’s duel, with Travis Seabrooke tak­ing the mound for the IronBirds while his coun­ter­part, Agapito Bar­rios, threw for the Val­leyCats.

Seabrooke’s per­for­mance was one of the few high­lights on the night as he went six in­nings, sur­ren­der­ing two hits and one walk.

“I was just try­ing to do the best I could by keeping the ball down and hit­ting my spots,” Seabrooke said.

Seabrooke has grown to be more com­fort­able on the mound as the sea­son has pro­gressed. He has in­creased his ve­loc­ity and pitch se­lec­tion to help fool bat­ters and give the Ironbirds an ad­van­tage.

“I’m just try­ing to take things pitch-by-pitch,” Seabrooke added. “I want to put the ball in play.”

The game’s lone run came off a wild pitch by IronBirds re­liever Steve Klimek in the top of the eighth in­ning with run­ners at sec­ond and third, al­low­ing Bryan De La Cruz to eas­ily score.

Cruz had reached sec­ond af­ter a sin­gle turned into a two-base hit as a re­sult of a throw­ing er­ror by third base­man Kirvin Moesquit.

De­spite the er­ror, the IronBirds played solid de­fense, mak­ing ath­letic plays on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions through­out the game. The most no­table de­fen­sive gem came from first base­man Pre­ston Palmeiro, who snagged a hit in the top of the eighth in­ning to rob Mar­cos Al­monte, who went 2-for-4 on the night.

Palmeiro also got it done at the plate, sin­gling to cen­ter in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning for the lone hit of the game. His base-knock ex­tended his hit­ting-streak to five games.

“I’m just try­ing to have qual­ity at-bats, hit the ball hard,” said Palmeiro, who has hit in ev­ery game since join­ing the Ironbirds on July 28. “Luck­ily, I’ve got­ten some good pitches to hit, and thank­fully I haven’t missed any so far.”

Palmeiro also ad­dressed the team’s of­fen­sive woes on the night.

“We just didn’t have a great plan from top to bot­tom of the lineup,” Palmeiro said. “We got some good counts and missed some pitches, peo­ple chased some pitches.”

Palmeiro was up­beat, how­ever, ex­plain­ing “that’s baseball.” He added how any­thing can hap­pen in the game when you play ev­ery day, in­clud­ing off nights.

Pro­tec­tion of the plate and try­ing to get on base with good con­tact were the keys for Palmeiro dur­ing his suc­cess­ful at-bat. De­spite the team’s re­cent rocky hit­ting per­for­mances, he be­lieves the team just needs to get ahead in the count early dur­ing the next few games so that bat­ters can get their pitch to swing on.

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