IronBirds fly through Cyclones to win series

The Aberdeen IronBirds win! This is becoming a common sentence for fans and followers, one that instills hope for tomorrow and brings Birdland much joy.

Their recent series with the Cyclones would see the IronBirds use strong pitching and timely hitting, as they would take four games in the six-game affair.

They currently are 9-6 in the second half, one game behind the Renegades for first place. Overall, the IronBirds are 52-29 on the year and continue to be one of the strongest teams even with the promotions of players from the roster.

Openings lead to opportunities and time for new stars and players to shine. It’s a chance for new gems to be discovered, and this is what makes the season so magical and exciting.

Take Darell Hernaiz, who has now played 27 games for Aberdeen after earning a promotion at the end of May. Against the Cyclones, Hernaiz would hit .300 for the series, with his strongest performance coming in Sunday’s 7-2 victory.

Hernaiz would go 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run. He also would help turn a double play in the game in helping guide the IronBirds to victory.

All in all, Hernaiz is now hitting .301 since his promotion and has collected 28 hits in the 27 games he has played, to go with a .371 OBP.

He has 10 extra base hits (seven 2Bs, two 3Bs & one HR) to go with 14 RBIs, 10 runs scored and 12 stolen bases (he has 48 stolen bases across 2 levels this season). Needless to say, Hernaiz is taking the moment to shine.

Catcher Ramon Rodriguez took advantage of his playing time against the Cyclones to the tune of a 5-for-12 (.417 BA) series. Collecting at least one hit in each game he played, Rodriguez showed off in Saturday’s 7-5 IronBird victory.

Coming to the plate four times, Rodriguez would collect three hits, including a home run, score two runs and bring home four runs on the afternoon.

For the season, Rodriguez is now hitting .258 with two home runs, 20 RBIs and seven stolen bases. He has allowed only one passed ball and has thrown out 12 base stealers, while committing no errors at the catching position.

Pitcher Connor Gillispie had a strong showing, as he started the game on Independence Day and pitched in the final game of the series, picking up victories in both games.

Leading his team to a 3-1 victory, Gillispie would pitch six innings, allowing one run and striking out six. Across the two games, Gillispie would cover 10 innings, allowing two earned runs (1.80 ERA) on three hits while striking out eight.

For the season, Gillispie is now 6-3 in 16 games (nine starts) with an ERA of 3.11. He has pitched 66.2 innings, striking out 78 and allowing opponents to hit just .191 against him.

As Aberdeen keeps rolling along, new stars are emerging on the season. The excitement keeps growing, and Aberdeen keeps winning.

After a day off Monday, Aberdeen will welcome the Jersey Shore BlueClaws to town, who are currently riding a seven-game losing streak with only two victories to open the second half. Game time is 7:05 p.m. EST from Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

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