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Norby Grand Slam Seals Series Opening Win At Buffalo

September 19, 2023 - International League (IL) - Norfolk Tides News Release


BUFFALO, NY --- The Norfolk Tides (88-56) defeated the Buffalo Bisons (70-61), 6-3, on Tuesday night at Sahlens Park. The Tides start their final road trip with a win after a five-run sixth inning that included two homers.

Norfolk struck first in the top of the second, when Anthony Bemboom knocked an RBI double to put them up 1-0. But Buffalo immediately took the lead in the bottom-half when Otto Lopez hit an RBI triple, then scored on a throwing error to make it 2-1.

Buffalo scored their final run of the game in the fourth when Addison Barger launched a solo homer. Tides starter Justin Armbruester ended up lasting two more innings after that without allowing a run. It was his second straight quality start, going 6.0 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits (one home run) and two walks while striking out four.

He would exit as the pitcher of record as the winning pitcher thanks to a five-spot put up in the sixth. Josh Lester launched a solo home run to bring the Tides within one. Then with the bases loaded, Connor Norby crushed a grand slam, putting Norfolk up, 6-3.

The Tides bullpen took care of business from there. Ryan Watson tossed 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts, then T.J. McFarland followed him with a scoreless inning himself to earn his first save of the season.

Game two of the series is tomorrow night, with first pitch is at 6:05 p.m. The Tides are scheduled to throw RHP Garrett Stallings (7-4, 5.53), while the Bisons will have RHP Wes Parsons (9-3, 4.06) on the hill.

POSTGAME NOTES

Norby Knocks: Launching a grand slam tonight was Connor Norby, who went 1-for-5 at the dish...his International League leading 157 hits ties him for second-most in Orioles affiliate franchise history for a single season Mike Cervenak (2007)...Ryan Mountcastle holds the record with 162 hits in 2019...Norby is currently sitting on 98 runs this season, which ranks second in the league (Masyn Winn, 99)...in Tides franchise history, he passes Andre David (1987) and only trails Randy Milligan (1987, 99) for most runs in a season...since August 25, Norby has hit safely in 16 of 18 games, batting .351 (27-for-77) with 16 runs, six doubles, a triple, three home runs, 10 RBI and nine walks while slashing .420/.571/.991 over that span.

Just Joshin': Also launching a home run tonight was Josh Lester who went 1-for-4 on the night...it was his 23rd home run of the season, which leads the Tides...with Norby hitting his grand slam, him and Lester are now tied for the team lead in RBI with 85, which is also tied for fourth most in the International League.

Holliday Season: Hitting safely in his fifth straight game was Jackson Holliday, who went 3-for-4 with a run and a walk...it was his first three-hit game with the Tides...in those five games, Holliday is batting .450 (9-for-20) with two runs, a double, a home run, two RBI and four walks while slashing .542/.650/1.192.


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