The Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, got on the board quickly to begin play as Connor Norby checked in with his 30th double of the season to lead off the game. Heston Kjerstad dropped a ball into left field for a single to bring Norby around from second to plate the game’s first run.
With two away in the home half of the second, Jerar Encarncion got a pitch he could handle and cleared the fence in right field for a two-run home run that put the Jumbo Shrimp in the lead, 2-1.
Both starting pitchers would post consecutive scoreless frames following the second inning home run, turning the game into a pitcher’s duel as the game progressed. Cade Povich kept the Tides in the game through five innings, allowing two walks and four hits while striking out four along the way.
The game remained close going into the bottom of the sixth until Jordan Groshans drove in a run for the Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, with a bloop single to left. Encarnacion followed him up with his second home run of the night to bring the game to a 5-1 score.
The Tides got runners on base in the late innings, but were unable to rally and ultimately fell to Jacksonville, 5-1 on Thursday night.
Norfolk looks to bounce back tomorrow against Jacksonville with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. RHP Justin Armbruester (1-1, 4.50) is slated to make the start for Norfolk and the Jumbo Shrimp will trot out LHP Ryan Weathers (Jacksonville Debut).