The Aberdeen IronBirds started the week comfortably in first place in the Northern Division of the High-A East, but after a 1-5 week, they now are locked in a first place tie with the Hudson Valley Renegades at 20-14.
News broke this past week that the Israel National Baseball Team, which is touring the Northern East Coast, will be playing in Aberdeen at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, July 19, at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Drew Rom was the highlight of a 10-1 victory over Bowling Green in game one. In six innings of work, he gave up just one run, while striking out seven to earn his third victory, moving to 3-0 on the year. He was taken off the hook in a 13-11 loss to Bowling Green, when he gave up seven earned runs in four innings of work, though he did strike out six batters during his second start.
Kyle Brnovich (acquired in the Dylan Bundy trade), who is 3-1 on the season with a 2.79 ERA, pitched on June 12. Unfortunately, Bowling Green won the game, but Brnovich struck out four batters in 2.2 innings, giving up one earned run. Sadly, his downfall was a season-high five walks.
For the IronBirds, a five-game losing streak to Bowling Green tarnished the week, but Kyle Stowers did his best to make sure the IronBird bats stayed competitive. Over a three-game stretch to end the week, sadly all losses, Stowers batted .286, going 4-for-14 with eight runs batted in. Stowers smacked three home runs in three straight games to end the week and added a double to cap his week off as the best hitter for the club.
It might not of been a strong week for the IronBirds, but they still are in first place, with pitching being their strong point. They have given up the third fewest earned runs in the league, even with the high scores towards the end of the week. They also are second in the league in strikeouts, with 346 through 34 games.
As the High-A season rolls on, the IronBirds head to North Carolina for a six-game series with the Asheville Tourists, after a much needed day off Monday. You can catch every Aberdeen game on MiLB.TV!
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