Norfolk Tides Notebook: 2011 Week 2

The Tides went 3-3 this week. They opened up their home schedule with an offensive outburst against Charlotte and are on a two-game winning streak

The Norfolk Tides baseball team finished a ten-game road trip this week and kicked off their home campaign. The Tides went 3-3, winning their first two home games of the season and are riding a two-game winning streak.

April 12: Norfolk 4, Gwinnett 3

Norfolk’s top four hitters did most of the damage and the Tides scored two runs in the top of the 7th to take a 4-3 lead that the bullpen held on to. Chorye Spoone went five innings giving up three runs. Alberto Castillo came in and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless ball to pick up his first win of the season. Clay Rapada pitched a perfect ninth to secure the save for the Tides first win of the season.

April 13: Gwinnett 8, Norfolk 3

The Tides offense was held in check all game and their bats were kept silent by former Oriole pitcher Rodrigo Lopez. Norfolk starter Ryan Drese pitched five innings giving up ten hits and eight earned runs to take the loss.

April 14: Durham 4, Norfolk 0

The Norfolk bats stayed quiet as they could only muster three hits against the Durham pitching staff. Rick VandenHurk started for the Tides and suffered his second loss of the season.

April 15: Durham 8, Norfolk 3

Steve Johnson made his Tides debut and pitched four innings, giving up three hits, four earned runs, five walks, a home run and struck out two. Offensively, Brandon Synder and Tyler Henson were the lone bright spots. Snyder went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Tyler Henson went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI.

April 16: Rained out

April 17: Norfolk 8, Charlotte 3

In their first home game of the season the Tides bats came alive. The offense cranked out 11 hits and the pitching staff combined to strike out 15 Charlotte batters. Nick Green had a huge night offensively for Norfolk going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBIs. Michael Ballard pitched six strong innings only giving up one earned run and striking out eight to pick up his first win of the season and the Tides second.

April 18: Norfolk 10, Charlotte 5

The Norfolk bats stayed hot as the Tides cranked out 14 hits and belted four home runs. Starter Chorye Spoone struggled pitching 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits, walking three, and allowing four earned runs. The bullpen strung together a nice effort to hold off the Knights. Offensively, Brandon Snyder and Nick Green were the heros. Snyder went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two home runs and three RBIs. Nick Green went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and four RBIs.

TOP 20 Orioles Prospect Watch

#13 Brandon Snyder- Snyder has started the season as the Tides best hitter. So far he is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with three home runs, eight RBIs, eight strikeouts and four walks.

#7 Ryan Adams- Adams is hitting .268 so far this season. He is 11-for-41 but has only driven in one run. He has struck out 12 times and only walked four.


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