Norfolk Tides rolls to easy win in Sunday series finale
Norfolk scored in the first inning again today when DJ Stewart hit a two-run single for the early lead. He struck again in the third with a solo home run, followed by an RBI double by Shayne Fontana later in the inning to make the game, 4-0.
The Tides scored another in the fourth when Jordan Westburg ripped an RBI single to left. But Rochester responded in the bottom half with their first runs of the game on a two-run shot by Jake Alu, making it 5-2, Norfolk.
A five-spot was put up in the fifth for the Tides, starting with the second homer of the game for Stewart. Cadyn Grenier hit an RBI double later in the inning. Gunnar Henderson followed with a two-run double, then Westburg also had an RBI double to extend the Tides lead to 10-2.
Tides starter Matt Harvey would allow one more run in the bottom of the fifth when David Dahl with a sacrifice fly. Harvey finish the night with his third win of the season, going 5.0 innings and allowed the three runs on five hits (one homer) and three walks while striking out three. He threw 70 pitches, 43 for strikes.
More scoring came in the seventh for both teams. Kyle Stowers hit an RBI single up the middle to give the Tides their biggest lead of the game at 11-3. But Rochester would end up scoring four runs. Dahl hit an RBI double, Riley Adams and Nick Banks hit RBI singles, then Jecksson Flores walked with the bases load to make the score 11-7.
Henderson capped the Tides victory with a solo home run in the ninth, giving Norfolk the, 12-7, victory. The Tides have a scheduled league off day tomorrow before hosting the Durham bulls on Tuesday. Neither team has announced their probables.