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Diaz Leads Tides With Five Rbi In Shootout Win

September 14, 2022 - International League (IL) - Norfolk Tides News Release


NORFOLK, Va. --- The Norfolk Tides (68-69) defeated the Charlotte Knights (54-83), 13-11, on Wednesday at Harbor Park. The Tides have now won 14 of their last 18 games and have won five straight games this season vs. the Knights. The Tides also managed to hit their 152nd home run this season, setting the franchise record.

Charlotte scored first when Carlos Perez knocked an RBI single in the first inning. But the Tides exploded for six runs in the bottom-half. The first run scored was on a wild pitch with a runner on third, then later in the inning Joey Ortiz stole home on a pickoff attempt by Knights starter Tobias Myers. The Tides then hit back-to-back home runs, starting with a three-run shot by Yusniel Diaz and was followed by Brett Phillips to make the score, 6-1 Tides.

The Knights answered with two runs in the second when Mark Payton launched a two run shot. From there, both teams scored respectively in each half inning from the bottom of the third through the top of the sixth. Norfolk scored in the third on an RBI double by Phillips. In the fourth, Nevin drew a bases loaded walk, followed by an RBI single by Diaz and then a sac fly by Phillips. The Tides hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth by Jordan Westburg and Ortiz to give them 12 runs. Charlotte combined for five runs in that same span, putting the Tides lead at 12-8.

Norfolk scored their final run in the bottom of the seventh when Diaz hit another RBI single. Charlotte attempted a comeback with three runs in the ninth but Nick Vespi came in to shut them down for his seventh save of the season as the Tides won, 13-11.

Game three of the six-game series is set for tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. RHP Chris Vallimont (5-6, 5.30) is set to start for the Tides, while RHP Davis Martin (3-5, 6.23) is scheduled to start for Charlotte.

POSTGAME NOTES

TIDES RECORD WATCH: With the Tides hitting foru home runs tonight, they have topped the franchise record for most home runs in a season (151, 1971), totaling 153...with the Tides breaking their base on balls and hit-by-pitches records this season, their .341 on-base percentage would break the record as an Orioles affiliate of .337 set in 2019...Norfolk's pitching has beat the strikeout record of 1,195 set in 2019.

WE GOIN' BACK-TO-BACK: The Tides' four home runs came on two separate occasions of back-to-back home runs...in the first inning Yusnel Diaz and Brett Phillips did so and in the fifth Jordan Westburg and Joey Ortiz did the same...it's the third and fourth times the Tides have done so this season, with the previous happening on August 5 vs. Nashville when Robert Neustrom and Diaz did so.

SIEZE THE DIAZ!: Staying hot tonight was Yusniel Diaz, who went 4-for-5 with two runs, a home run, five RBI and a ...it was his third game with at least three hits with the Tides this season, including in two straight...Diaz has hit safely in six of his last eight games, where the two games he didn't was as a pinch hitter...in those eight games (since September 4), he's hitting .440 (11-for-25) with five runs, a home run seven RBI and a walk...overall it was his 14th multi-hit effort of the season.

SPEED KILLS: The Tides stole five bases tonight, the third time this season they've done so this season...the previous times were on May 10 vs. Memphis and August 30 vs. Lehigh Valley...Joey Ortiz had two stolen bases which happened in the same innning, where he stole third, then stole home on a pickoff attempt to first...He's the third Tide to steal home this season, with Greg Cullen being the most recent on August 31 vs. Lehigh Valley.


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