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Lake Monster, Iron Birds split a pair

The shutout was the eighth of the season for Vermont (31-34), which has recorded shutouts in three of its last five victories over the last eight games. The Lake Monsters also beat the Ironbirds 1-0 in the last meeting between the two teams back on July 19th at Aberdeen.

The 1-0 victories give Vermont its first-ever two-game winning streak against the Ironbirds. The Lake Monsters are now 13-21 all-time vs. Aberdeen, having won one game in a row 11.

T.J. Baxter had two of the Ironbirds three hits, while starter Jake Cowan allowed one hit over four scoreless innings and reliever Ashur Tolliver one hit in three scoreless innings. Joshua Dowdy (1-2) gave up the eighth inning run to take the loss for Aberdeen (26-39).

Ty Kelly's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning snapped a 4-4 tie and the Ironbirds bounced right back with a 5-4 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters last Friday night at historic Centennial Field.

The Lake Monsters had rallied from a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, but the Ironbirds were able to get the ninth-inning run off Steven Stewart (3-3) for the victory. T.J. Baxter singled with one out, stole second with two outs and scored on a Kelly's line drive single to center.

Aberdeen had taken the 4-0 lead with unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings off Vermont starter Paul Applebee, then a two-out, two-run Richard D'Oleo double off reliever Gary Amato in the sixth inning. The Ironbirds run in the fourth inning snapped a 22 inning scoreless streak for Aberdeen against the Lake Monsters, who had won the previous two meetings between the teams 1-0.

Ironbirds starter Nick Haughian shut down Vermont in his seven innings, allowing just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. But the Lake Monsters were able to get four runs on four hits to tie the game in the eighth. With runners on first and second with one out, Vermont tied the game on a Destin Hood RBI single, Justin Bloxom RBI double and a Sandy Leon two-run single.

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