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Ironbirds blank Scrappers 2-0

Vader outdoes Lugo in pitcher's duel

Ironbirds blank Scrappers 2-0
Luis Lugo (Photo: Lianna Holub)
July 31, 2013
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ABERDEEN, MD- Sebastian Vader of the Aberdeen Ironbirds put together an absolutely incredible performance on Wednesday night and shut down the Mahoning Valley Scrappers by a final score of 2-0.

Vader came into the matchup against Mahoning Valley with a 2-3 record on the year and a 3.13 ERA. If the Scrappers hadn't known better, they may have thought he was undefeated and his ERA was half of the number he's actually posted.

In 8.1 innings of work, Vader allowed only six hits and one walk while striking out two. It wasn't as if he was blowing the ball past the Mahoning Valley hitters, but he was fooling them enough to keep them off the bases.

While most of the Scrappers hitters were rendered clueless, slugger Nellie Rodriguez and Josh McAdams did their part to contribute on the offensive end.

Rodriguez went 2-4 on the evening with two doubles -- the only two extra base-hits on the evening -- while McAdams continued his 13-game hit streak with a base hit in the fifth inning.

Unfortunately that was it for the Scrappers, who couldn't seem to string anything together after Paul Hendrix lined out into a triple play in the first inning.

Vader's seemingly invincible performance vastly overshadowed the work of Luis Lugo, who was also brilliant on the hill.

Lugo continued to impress as he has all season long and allowed just three hits, no walks, and no runs in five innings of work on the night. He didn't allow a single run for the third straight game, but thanks to terrible offensive performances behind him all season, hasn't won a matchup since June.

The Scrappers' ace, despite his 1-3 record, leads the New York-Penn League with a 1.30 ERA in nine starts this year.

The Ironbirds scored their two runs off of relievers Breily Puerta and Harold Guerrero in the seventh and eighth innings.

In the seventh, after a scoreless sixth, Puerta seemed to be out of a jam when Hendrix committed his fifth error of the season and allowed the inning to continue. Sure enough, the Ironbirds took advantage of the error, took a 1-0 lead, and the lone run on Puerta's stat-line was unearned.

Aberdeen added an insurance run off of Guerrero in the eighth and the rest was history, as Ironbirds reliever Donnie Hart secured the win with his first save of the season.

The Scrappers loss ended a three-game win streak and the threat of a sweep, but they have still been victorious in 11 out of their last 14 contests.

The Scrappers will send Caleb Hamrick (1-5 4.97 ERA) to the mound in tomorrow's rubber match with Ironbirds. It's unclear who will pitch for the Aberdeen at this time.

As were all of the previous games in this series, the final game between the Scrappers and Ironbirds will be televised on MiLB.com.

First pitch from Ripken Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m.

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