RailRiders Shutout in Loss
Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles/Triple-A) starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa tossed seven innings of shutout baseball and the Tides’ offense combined to slug 13 hits as Norfolk thumped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 10-0 Friday night at Harbor Park. The 10-run margin of defeat was the largest of the season for the RailRiders, while the Tides used three double play balls to end RailRiders threats.
Brian Gordon struggled from the beginning, walking the Tides’ leadoff man Julio Borbon to begin the first. After Borbon swiped second, Brett Wallace plated the game’s first run with a drive to right field for his first home run of the campaign. Wallace later helped spark a three-run third inning, adding one of two run-scoring doubles in the frame that helped push Norfolk’s lead to 5-0.
The lone scoring opportunity for the RailRiders came in the fourth inning after Dean Anna slapped a triple down the right-field line. Anna was eventually stranded after back-to-back batters produced ground ball outs.
All nine Norfolk batters added a hit, including multi-hit efforts by four different hitters. Two more runs crossed in the sixth inning after right-handed pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama relieved Gordon and promptly yielded a double to left against Ivan De Jesus. The double by De Jesus was part of a multi-hit night that included three RBI and two extra-base hits.
Norfolk provided the exclamation mark in the eighth after the first three batters of the inning all reached on singles against Jim Miller. After a sacrifice fly by Borbone plated a run, two more runs came across in the three-run eighth after a double by De Jesus and a sacrifice fly pushed the lead to an insurmountable 10-0 lead.
Gordon took the looks for SWB, yielding seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched and Gamboa (1-2) picked up his first win of the season tossing seven strong innings.
The two teams will continue their four-game run Saturday, May 3 at 7:05 p.m. SWB sends right-hander Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 1.98) to the hill, while Steve Johnson (0-0, 5.87) is slated to take the bump for the Tides. Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
- Ronnier Mustelier was the lone RailRiders to record multiple hit in the game.
- The 13 hits by the Tides’ offense is a season high.
- The 10 runs scored by the Tides’ offense is the most given up by SWB this season.
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