Just a short article as I didn’t get a chance to post anything about the last two games of the Norfolk Tides southern road trip to Charlotte where they faced the Knights and Lawrenceville Georgia where they faced the Gwinnett Braves.
In Charlotte the Tides took three out of four from the Knights with dominant pitching and excellent hit production including 9 home runs. Against the Brave the Tides did not fare as well dropping three of four games to the Braves and only hitting well in the second game. Against the Braves the Tides left significant numbers of base runners in scoring position. The highlight of the series in Georgia was Chris Tillman’s no-hitter on Wednesday night.
The Tides dropped the final two games of the series against the Braves. Each night the Tides had good numbers of runners in scoring position and they left 20 men on base. On Thursday Jake Arrieta got his first loss of the year as the Tides lost 6-1. Jake gave up 4 runs, three of which were earned on 5 hits with 4 walks in 6 innings pitched for the loss. Three runs came on a home run by Mitch Jones who has 237 minor league home runs to his credit since being drafted by the Yankees in 2001. In the final game Chris George making his first start for the Tides gave up 2 runs on 2 hits including and was victimized by Mitch Jones for a two run homer. Jim Miller coming in during the 7th gave up 3 runs on 3 hits including a home run by Barbaro Canizares. The Tides lost the game 5-1.
Tonight the Tides begin a four game set against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Harbor Park. The Orioles will have Koji Uehara pitch an inning tonight as he continues his rehab in the minor leagues. See you there.