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Sardinas Ends Scoreless Game with Walk-off Homer

August 8, 2018 - International League (IL) - Norfolk Tides News Release

Luis Sardiñas capped a four-hit night with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth, giving Norfolk a 1-0 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday night at Harbor Park.

Sardiñas, who had singled in his first three plate appearances, blasted a 1-0 offering from Stephen Tarpley (1-1) off the roof of the picnic area in left field for his second walk-off homer of the season. The four hits tied a career-best for Sardiñas, who has now batted .400 (14-35) with two home runs and six RBI over his last nine games.

The walk-off win was the 12th of the season for the Tides, with each of the last three walk-off victories coming on game-ending home runs. The victory also moved Norfolk (60-53) a full game ahead of Scranton (59-54) in the IL Wild Card standings.

Norfolk starter Josh Rogers turned in a tremendous outing but did not factor in the decision, scattering four hits over 7.1 shutout innings against his former team. Rogers, acquired as part of a trade with the New York Yankees for LHP Zach Britton on July 24th, walked one and struck out four while throwing 63 of his 96 pitches for strikes. The 24-year-old southpaw retired his final eight batters and faced just three batters over the minimum, and he now owns a 1.33 ERA through three starts since joining the Orioles organization. Wednesday's start was the fifth time this season Rogers has worked 7.0 shutout innings in a start - two of which have come in a Norfolk uniform.

Lucas Long (2-0) earned the win in relief of Rogers, tossing 1.2 innings of shutout relief. Long now owns a 1.53 ERA through six games since joining the Tides from Double-A Bowie on July 18th.

Scranton starter Erik Swanson matched Rogers' effort with seven shutout innings of his own. He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out seven.

The two clubs will conclude their three-game set on Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park, with first pitch slated for 12:05. John Means (5-3, 3.25) will get the start for Norfolk and be opposed by left-hander Justus Sheffield (5-3, 2.31).

Notes: With the win, Norfolk improved its league-best record to 25-14 in one-run games...The shutout victory was Norfolk's 10th of the season...Adrian Marin doubled and singled in the contest...Norfolk went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position...DJ Stewart drew his team-leading 48th walk...The Tides swiped two bases in three attempts, giving them 54 steals in 70 attempts this season.

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