Austin Anderson (Round 9) and Jamil Moquete (Round 32) joined the Orioles organization in the 2014 MLB Draft and became Aberdeen Ironbirds almost immediately. Anderson, from Ole Miss, and Moquete, from UMass-Boston, have been having near opposite seasons, but on Thursday night it would have been hard to tell.
Coming into the game, Anderson held a .365 batting average on the season and was batting .395 over his last 10 games. Moquete, on the other hand, was batting significantly lower. He held a .169 average on the year and .292 in his last 10 games.
Moquete seemed to be turning things around by the performance he put up Thursday night. The former Division-III player had a two-hit performance highlighted by his solo home run in the third inning. The 2-for-3 night raised his batting average to .185 on the year.
“It’s about time I hit the ball hard,” Moquete said, “I show it off in batting practice and today it was good enough to show it off in the game.”
He nearly missed hitting another home run in the eighth inning but it fell just short of the wall for a ground rule double.
“I thought it was gone,” he said, “And we were going to go up one in the top of the ninth but it didn’t go as I planned.”
“I played in the SEC for four years,” he said. “I always saw a lot of good pitching and playing there for four years and getting the experience I did has transferred over here.
“It’s pretty similar. The SEC has dominant pitchers and the pitchers here are good [too].”
The game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the ninth but a sacrifice fly and a two-out, two-run home run was too much for the Ironbirds to come back from, as they fell, 5-2.