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3 Home Runs Not Enough To Beat Scranton/wb

April 12, 2024 - International League (IL)
Norfolk Tides News Release

NORFOLK, Va --- The Norfolk Tides (7-6) fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-4), 6-4, on Friday night at Harbor Park. Coby Mayo notched two home runs, while the Tides pitchers combined to strike out nine batters for the 13th-straight game.

After Scranton/WB plated a run in the top of the first, the Tides responded in the bottom half of the inning when Heston Kjerstad socked a solo home run over the left field fence. Then in the following at bat, Coby Mayo connected with another solo home run to give Norfolk a 2-0 lead. Mayo tacked on another run in the bottom of the third with another solo shot, marking his first multi-homer game since August 26, 2023 against Durham.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tied up the game in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs before taking a 5-3 lead during the fifth thanks to two straight RBI doubles. The RailRiders added another run in the top of the sixth to give them a 6-3 lead.

Following a one out single by Kjerstad in the bottom of the eighth, Michael Pérez cut the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead to 6-4 when he collected an RBI single to drive home Kjerstad. However, the Tides couldn't complete the comeback in the ninth and dropped their fifth-straight game, falling to 7-6 on the season.

LHP Cade Povich (1-0, 0.82) will start on the hill for the Tides tomorrow, while the RailRiders will throw RHP Clayton Beeter (0-0, 0.00) in the fifth game of the series. First pitch at 6:35 p.m.


Goin' Back-to-Back: The Tides collected back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first when Heston Kjerstad and Coby Mayo sent two straight long balls over the left field wall...that marked the second time this season Norfolk notched back-to-back homers in the first inning, with Jackson Holliday and Connor Norby launching consecutive homers on April 2 at Charlotte...since 2019, the Tides are tied with Toledo for the most first inning home runs in the International League with 94.

More Mayo Power: Notching a multi-home run game tonight was Coby Mayo...he went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI on the night, marking the first time Mayo's launched two home runs in a game since August 26, 2023 against's now the fifth time in Mayo's career that he's collected two home runs in a game...Mayo extended his International League lead in hits with 22 on the year and is also tied for second in extra base hits with teammate Kyle Stowers with 10.

Hot Start: In his first game of the season, Shayne Fontana went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases...he became the second Tides base runner to steal two bases in a game, with the first being Errol Robinson on April 7 at Charlotte...the two swiped bags were the most Fontana had collected since August 1, 2023 with Bowie against Portland...through 77 games with Norfolk since 2022, Fontana is now slashing .257/.359/.379 with 36 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 32 RBI, 33 walks and 14 stolen bases.

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