Aberdeen IronBirds vs Brooklyn Cyclones – July 30, 2017

On Sunday, I went to see the Aberdeen IronBirds take on the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Aberdeen is the second closest minor league team to me, so I try to see them play every so often.  The game was a 5:35 start on a Sunday, which I thought was interesting, but it worked with my schedule.  The game was entertaining as the teams exchanged lead changes throughout as the game ended with an Aberdeen walk-off win, 7-6.

The Cyclones took a 3-0 lead against IronBirds starting pitcher Tobias Myers, who was traded to the Rays for Tim Beckham the next day.  Then in the 3rd and 4th innings, the IronBirds put up four runs against Cyclones starting pitcher, Jose Carlos Medina.  Interestingly, the Cyclones have two players named Jose Medina, so they need to go by their middle names.  Also, one of the runs off of Medina was a steal of home by IronBirds LF T.J. Nichting, during a pickoff attempt to first.

I also saw two pitchers with interesting deliveries.  Brooklyn pitcher Stephen Villines has an interesting sidearm delivery that has been fooling hitters since his professional debut this summer.  The picture above attempts to capture it.  This 2017 Mets 10th round draft pick has gone 10 1/3 innings, giving up one run, which also led to his only loss.  This was his NY-Penn League debut and he struck out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced.  Aberdeen pitcher Brandon Bonilla comes up and over with his pitches getting under the ball during his delivery more than you would usually see.  This seems to be working well for him as he has a 1.59 ERA through his first 11 1/3 innings with 18 strikeouts.

The game ended with Cannon Chadwick on the mound for the Cyclones, who hadn’t given up a run in the 14 innings he pitched prior to this game, as he issued two walks and allowed the game-winning single to IronBirds catcher Ben Breazeale.

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