Tide Takes Eleven to Down Mudhens

It rained most of the day in Norfolk.  Fortunately for the Tide the rain stopped a couple hours before the game.  The Tide jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Mudhens were true to their name, rallying for three in the eighth to tie the game.  Chris Robinson, hitting less then .200 entering the game, collected the clutch hit, a two out single in the eleventh to give the Tide a 6-5 win.

The Tide scored quickly off Mudhen starter Shawn Hill.  Two walks and two singles scored two runs, Russ Canzler stroking an RBI single and Yamaico Navarro lining one up the middle for an RBI single.  The Tide could have scored more but Danny Valencia was thrown out at third on the Navarro single, having the presence of mind to get into a run down to allow Canzler to cross the plate with the second run.

The Tide built the lead to 4-0 in the third on two solo homeruns.  Jason Pridie led off the inning with a solo shot that went over the patio in right field.  With two out Danny Valencia slugged an opposite field homerun into the bullpen in rightfield.

Steve Johnson pitched well through the first five innings, giving up only two hits and one walk.  He tired a bit in the sixth, walking the leadoff hitter Quintin BerryNick Castellanos hit a one out double into right center to move Berry to third and Jordan Lennerton drove them both in with a single down the right field line.

Russ Canzler led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot deep into the left centerfield bullpen.  For Russ it was his second straight game of hitting a homerun.

The Mudhens rallied off the Tides bullpen, Chris Jones giving up a double and two singles to start the eighth inning in his third inning of work.  Alex Burnett came in to pitch and hit John Lindsay with his first pitch to load the bases.  A ground out to first scored the second run of the inning.  Argenis Diaz slapped one up the middle.  Jonathan Schoop made a nice dive for the ball to stop it, but could not get the force at second, allowing the tying run to score.

Travis Ishikawa led off the eleventh with a double.  Trayvon Robinson pinch ran for him, eventually scoring on the Chris Robinson two out single.

Game Notes: After each homerun the scoreboard shoots off cannons from the carrier to celebrate the event.  Norfolk is the home of the aircraft carrier…The Norfolk Tides are going to have a Star Wars day on May 4th, bringing in a number of Star War characters to celebrate the day.  They are encouraging fans to also wear Star Wars regalia.  They are calling this day “may the fourth be with you.”….Harbor Park was opened in 1993.  It is a concrete structure that still has an old fashioned feel to it.  Because of all the rain the announced attendance was 2,589.  There seemed less than that inside the stadium….L.J. Hoes also has the Denard Span walkup song, which Adam Jones also had, but has now changed…Jose Ortega looked impressive in his bullpen outing for the Mudhens, striking out the side in the eighth as he hit 97-98 on the radar gun.  He worked two perfect innings, striking out four.  Danny Valencia swung at and missed at three breaking pitches…Evan Reed was also hitting 97-98 for the Mudhens in relief.  His breaking pitch was consistently bouncing in front of the plate…Yamaico Navarro doesn’t seem to have the arm to play shortstop on an extended basis.  Defensively he may be a more consistent shortstop than Schoop, but Schoop has the better tools…Argenis Diaz fell face first when rounding the first base bag after taking the ball to the wall.  He was able to take second, but that should be on some blooper highlights if a video captured his fall…The game yesterday lasted just 1 hour and 59 minutes.

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