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Tides Weather Late Comeback In Second Straight Win

May 18, 2024 - International League (IL)
Norfolk Tides News Release

NORFOLK, VA --- The Norfolk Tides (22-22) beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (16-25), 13-11, on Saturday night at Harbor Park. The Tides scored four runs in back-to-back innings and staved off a late comeback to notch their second straight win against the IronPigs.

Following a leadoff double by Scott Kingery, Lehigh Valley got on the board in the top of the first inning on a groundout by Weston Wilson that gave the IronPigs a 1-0 lead. Then they tacked on another run in the top of the second inning to extend the lead to 2-0.

In the bottom of the second, the Tides got on the board, scoring twice to tie up the game at 2-2. Daniel Johnson began the scoring with an RBI double that brought in Terrin Vavra. The next batter, Michael Perez, singled in Johnson to knot the game up.

In the bottom of the third, Norfolk took their first lead of the game following four straight RBI hits. Billy Cook started off the scoring when his sacrifice fly out scored Heston Kjerstad. Then, Vavra, Johnson and Perez collected three straight RBI doubles to extend the Tides lead to 6-2 and knock out the IronPigs starter.

Norfolk extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth when Connor Norby hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Jackson Holliday. A ground ball from Kjerstad in the next at bat allowed Norby to score and gave the Tides an 8-2 advantage. Perez added on a final run in the inning on an RBI single that scored Vavra to give Norfolk their second straight four-run inning and a 10-2 lead.

The Tides continued to pile runs on in the bottom of the fifth, extending their lead to 11-2 when Kjerstad brought home Holliday with a sacrfice fly out. In the bottom of the sixth, Norfolk further added on when Norby launched an RBI double to bring in Holliday and give the Tides a 12-2 lead.

After Lehigh Valley added four runs in the top of the seventh, the IronPigs tacked on five more runs in the eighth to cut Norfolk's lead to 12-11. The Tides added a run back in the bottom of the eighth when Kjerstad drove in Perez for his 35th RBI of the season. Bryan Baker came in to close out the game in the ninth and notched his second save of the season as Norfolk notched the 13-11 win.

The Tides will take on the IronPigs tomorrow night in the final game of their six-game series. The Tides have yet to announce a starter for the game, while LHP David Parkinson (0-2, 6.48) will take the mound for Lehigh Valley. First pitch is 1:05 p.m.


Billy Stays Cookin': A day after collecting two RBI doubles, Billy Cook went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in his seventh multi-hit effort of the's the first time in his professional career that he's reached base safely in each at bat...Cook has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games since May 9 and is hitting .437 (14-for-32) with four runs, five doubles, a tripe, a home run, nine RBI and 10 walks.

The Jet Takes Flight: Notching two RBI doubles with two RBI, two runs and a hit by pitch was Daniel Johnson...he last hit two doubles in a game on July 16, 2023 with San Antonio against Northwest Arkansas...Johnson is now batting .297 (14-for-47) with 10 runs, four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 15 RBI through 14 games in May.

Magic Michael: Going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI tonight was Michael Perez...the effort was his third multi-hit game and his first four-hit game since May 13, 2023 with the Mets at Washington...Perez's third inning double was his first two-bagger since September 23, 2023 with Syracuse against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cade Can Pitch: Working his third quality start of the season tonight was Cade Povich...the lefty went six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out eight batters and not allowing a walk...his fifth strikeout against Jim Haley marked the 400th of his professional career...he has now struck out at least five batters in all nine starts this season, the longest such streak in the International League.

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