The Church of Baseball, Harbor Park Parish has seen its share of slugfests this home stand in which Norfolk and their opponents scored a combined 80 runs saw instead a pitcher’s duel as the Tides defeated the Braves 3-1. The story for the Tides on a sultry humid Tidewater Wednesday night was pitching which had been problematic over the home stand with only Troy Patton’s 3 hit blanking of the Buffalo Bisons on Monday being a notable pitching performance. That changed Wednesday night as Armando Gabino, Mike Hinckley, Ross Wolf and Denis Sarfate combined to pitch a 7 hit game giving up only one run to the Gwinnett Braves.
Scoring was sparse last night and there were no crooked numbers on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the 2nd inning Rhyne Hughes tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Michael Aubrey. The Tides scored again in the bottom of the 4th inning thanks to Hughes who belted a solo shot over the right field wall. The Braves got a run in the top of the 5th inning when after retiring the first two batters Gabino hit Braves catcher Clint Sammons with a pitch. Sammons stole second base and went to third on a single by Matt Young. Sammons scored on the next at bat when Wes Timmons singed before Feddie Freeman struck out to end the inning. The Tides final run came in the bottom half of the inning. Michel Hernandez reached on a throwing error by Braves shortstop Brandon Hicks. Blake Davis grounded into a force out with Hernandez being put out a second base. Matt Angle grounded out to first base and Davis advanced to second. Robert Andino who had 5 RBIs in Tuesday’s game then singled to score Davis. Neither team would score again.
The Braves had 1 run on 7 hits and an error the Tides 3 ruins on 6 hits and no errors. Armando Gabino (3-0 2.56 ERA) got the win, Denis Sarfate got his 6th save of the year and Tim Gustafson (5-4 5.40 ERA) took the loss for the Braves. The teams meet tonight at Harbor Park where Tim Bascom making his AAA debut for the Tides will face Chris Resop (4-2 2.10).
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