Mark Worrell (0-6, 4.22) fell behind the eight-ball immediately after entering the game with a one-run lead in the 9th inning and never recovered. Brandon Snyder’s error to lead off the inning allowed IronPigs’ speedster Rich Thompson to reach second base. Kevin Frandsen followed with a sacrifice bunt to Snyder, but the Tides first baseman’s throw to third base was late, giving Lehigh Valley runners at the corners. Domonic Brown then walked to load the bases before Brandon Moss tied the game with a sacrifice fly. The visitors took the lead two batters later when Worrell’s pitch hit Delwyn Young with the bases loaded.
Worrell gave up six runs in all (two earned) without allowing a hit during his 0.1 innings on the hill. He walked three batters and hit another. He was pulled from the game after issuing a bases loaded walk to Erik Kratz. Lehigh Valley broke open the game two batters later off Zach Phillips with a two-run double by Freddy Galvis.
The Tides took the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning after trailing by a run at the start of the frame. The home team opened the frame with consecutive singles and each runner moved up a bag on Matt Angle’s sacrifice bunt. Following an intentional walk to Kyle Hudson that loaded the bases, Ryan Adams came through with a sacrifice fly to tie the game before Jake Fox put Norfolk ahead with an RBI single to center field.
The Tides held a 3-0 advantage after the 1st inning, scoring all their runs with two outs. Snyder put them on the board with an RBI single that plated Angle, and Tyler Henson followed with an RBI single of his own. Robbie Widlansky then cranked a single up the middle that scored Snyder before Henson was thrown out at third base on the play trying to advance.
Lehigh Valley starter Brian Bass calmed down considerably after the shaky 1st frame. He left with his team ahead 5-4 after tossing 6.0 innings and giving up four runs on 11 hits.
Rich Thompson added a two-run homer in the 3rd inning to cut the Tides initial lead to 3-2. Carlos Rivero also added three RBI, including an RBI double in the 4th inning and an RBI triple in the 6th inning.
Rick VandenHurk took his second-straight no-decision. The Dutch born righthander was charged with five runs on seven hits in 6+ innings of work. He struck out a batter and walked two.
Henson added a second RBI single in the 5th inning that briefly tied the game at 4-4.
Ryan Adams’s 14-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance.
Michael Schwimmer (8-1, 1.80) took the win despite blowing a save. He tossed 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit. The lone scored with him on the mound was charged to Juan Perez.
The same two teams will play again Wednesday at 7:15. LH Chris George (5-4, 4.24) will take the ball opposite RH Nate Bump (3-7, 5.19). The first 2,000 ladies 18 & older to enter Harbor Park will receive a Tides sun visor compliments of Diet Coke and WAVY TV 10.