NORFOLK, VA-Ubaldo Jimenez tossed six solid innings in a rehab start, but Norfolk managed just six hits in a 2-1 setback to the Buffalo Bisons Sunday night at Harbor Park. One night after Norfolk edged the Bisons 2-1, Buffalo returned the favor to draw even in the series. The loss dropped the Tides (54-62) seven games back in the IL South division.
Jimenez turned in a strong outing in his Tides debut, as he yielded one run on five hits over six innings of work. Jimenez, rehabbing a sprained right ankle, walked two and struck out three while throwing 59 of his 94 pitches for strikes. He took a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning before the Bisons finally pushed across a run against him, as Kevin Pillar opened the inning with a single and came around to score on a single by Sean Ochinko.
Jimenez, who has gone 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts for the Orioles this year, has now posted a 0.84 ERA (1 ER, 10.2 IP) with five walks and six strikeouts over two rehab outings between Aberdeen and Norfolk. Buffalo plated the go-ahead run in the seventh inning off of Ryan Webb (0-1), who took the loss in his Tides debut. Webb issued a leadoff walk to Jonathan Diaz, who stole second base, moved to third on a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adron Chambers.
Norfolk took an early lead in the contest, as Quintin Berry drove home Francisco Peguero with a two-out RBI single in the third inning. Berry finished with two hits in the contest to up his on-base percentage to .394 3rd in the International League.
Mike Zagurski (4-1) earned the win with two shutout innings of relief, while Bobby Korecky retired the Tides in order in the ninth to register his 18th save of the season.