Tides walk off to get series win

NORFOLK, Va.- Mike Yastrzemski plated Craig Gentry with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Norfolk to a 4-3 win over the Louisville Bats Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park. With the score tied at 3-3 and one out in the final frame, Gentry was hit by a pitch from Bats reliever Domingo Tapia (0-1). After a wild pitch moved Gentry to second, Logan Schafer singled to right to put runners on first and second. Yastrzemski then served a soft fly ball into shallow center field, easily plating Gentry and giving the Tides a walk-off victory.

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Yastrzemski finished with two singles in the contest, as five different Norfolk batters registered a multi-hit game in the 11-hit attack. The walk-off win was Norfolk’s seventh of the season and gave the Tides a series victory over the Bats. Norfolk starter Jordan Kipper turned in a strong start, as he allowed two runs on eight hits over seven-plus innings of work. He walked one and struck out a pair and left in line for the win, but the Bats rallied with two runs in the eighth inning off of Jimmy Yacabonis to saddle Kipper with the no-decision.

The Tides helped out Kipper by retiring three men on the bases, as Yastrzemski cut down a runner at third base, Gentry threw out a runner at home, and catcher Francisco Peña caught a runner trying to steal second base. The Tides ended the three-game set with six outfield assists, extending their league-leading total to 27 outfield assists on the season. Logan Verrett (2-1) earned the win by retiring the only two batters he faced. The Tides will open up a seven-game road trip on Monday night as they travel to Durham to start a four-game set.