The Norfolk Tides continued their northern adventure on Tuesday night and defeated the Syracuse Chiefs by a score of 5-3. With tempuratures in the low 50s and high 40s under cloudy skies with winds coming in out of center at 7 miles an hour the teams squared off in front of 3844 fans at Alliance Bank Field. The Tides dominated the night with pitching, particularly relief pitching allowing just three hits during the game. Chris George started the game for the Tides and pitched four innings giving up 2 runs on two hits both runs coming with two outs in the fourth inning when Mike Morse took the first pitch offered to him over the left field wall. George would come out at the end of the inning and was relieved by Armando Gabino. Gabino gave up a walk, a wild pitch and a single to start the inning and then settled down. After that it was lights out on the Chiefs who did not muster another hit during the game. Gabino gave up no more runs or hits in three innings work. Kam Mickolio came on in the 8th and sent the Chiefs down in order in his best outing since his return from Baltimore and Frank Mata got the save despite a throwing error by Robert Andino which put a runner on and a wild pitch which advanced the runner.
Brandon Snyder doubled to lead off the 4th inning and scored a run
The Tides scored two runs in the top of the second when Scott Moore walked and advanced to third on a Robert Andino single. The Tides were then helped by a Syracuse error as on a force play attempt by Chiefs’ third baseman Eric Burnett which allowed Moore to score and put Brandon Snyder on at first and Robert Andino at second. Joey Gathright who has been in a slump then came to the plate and delivered an RBI single which scored Andino.
The Tides struck again for two runs in the top of the 3rd inning when Justin Turner doubled and scored when Jeff Salazar singled and advanced to third on a throwing error by Chiefs’ center fielder Justin Maxwell. Josh Bell then drove in Salazar for his 21st RBI on a fly ball to right.
The Tides added an insurance run in the 8th inning when Justin Turner singled and moved to third on Josh Bell’s seventh double of the season. Turner then scored on a fielder’s choice hit to first base by Scott Moore.
The Tides had 5 runs on 9 hits and 1 error and left 6 men on base. The Chiefs had 3 runs on 3 hits but committed 2 costly errors in the loss. Armando Gabino got the win his first of the season and Frank Mata notched his 6th save. Chuck James got the loss. On Wednesday the teams will play again with Troy Patton (2-3 5.50) going up against the number on draft pick in baseball Stephen Strasburg (1-0 0.00) who is making his second start for the Chiefs after being called up from AA Harrisburg.
That’s all for now, Peace