IronBirds ground Tourists

Aberdeen has been struggling to maintain their dominance that they carried through the first half of the season.

Though they have remained competitive, they have struggled to put forth the dominating victories that carried them to a first half division title.

The Ashville Tourists came to town for a seven-game series that the IronBirds would take, four games to three.

Over the course of the series, there were offensive outbursts, some strong pitching performances and even a couple pitching duels.

New August promotion Trendon Craig has been on a tear. During the recent series against the Tourists, Craig continued to shine.

Over the course of the series, Craig would hit .368, with hits in four of the games, including two multi-hit games. In Aberdeen’s 9-4 victory Wednesday, Craig would go 3-for-4 with a run and a walk during the game.

For the season, Craig is batting .306 in Aberdeen with a double, triple, six runs scored and four RBIs over 14 games. He’s hitting .271 with 37 RBIs and 10 stolen bases across two levels.

Darell Hernaiz continues to push for a promotion, as he once again makes our list of stand-outs.

For the series, Hernaiz hit .304 for the series with five stolen bases, finishing with two multi-hit games to close out the week. In Aberdeen’s 14-7 loss Friday, Hernaiz would go 3-for-5, scoring two runs and collecting a double and two stolen bases.

For the season, Hernaiz is hitting .293 with 10 home runs, 52 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. He also has 19 doubles and five triples to go with a .361 OBP.

On Tuesday, the IronBirds swept a doubleheader, but the first game had a strong pitching performance that stood out for the week. In the 2-1 IronBirds victory, starter Ignacio Feliz put in one of his strongest performances for the season.

Though he didn’t receive a decision, he would pitch 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out 10. He would go on to collect a save in Sunday’s victory as well, with two innings of work.

For the season, Feliz is now 5-2 across 23 games with nine starts. He has pitched to a 4.06 ERA across 84.1 innings, collecting 121 strikeouts with one save and two holds.

After an off day, the IronBirds will welcome the Wilmington Blue Rocks for a home and home split series (three home games, three away games).

With three series left in the season, Aberdeen will be priming up for the playoffs, as they look to finish the season strong.

Who stood out to you for Aberdeen this week? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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