Norfolk's eight-game winning streak came to an end as the Tides dropped a 9-1 decision to the Syracuse Chiefs in front of 7,688 fans at Harbor Park Saturday night.
Syracuse pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of five Tides errors, bringing an end to Norfolk's franchise record 10-game home winning streak.
The Tides needed just two pitches to take the lead in the contest, as Jason Pridie led off the first inning with a home run down the right field line. It was the fourth home run of the season for Pridie, who has now hit safely in 17 of 20 games when he's batted in the leadoff position.
The first inning homer was the only run the Tides could muster against Chiefs starter Ross Ohlendorf (3-3), who allowed three hits and a walk while striking out three in 7.1 innings of work. Ohlendorf retired 13 straight Tides at one point, helping the Chiefs snap a five-game losing skid.
Zach Britton (1-1) suffered the loss after yielding five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in six-plus innings of work. Britton walked one and struck out three while registering 10 groundball outs.
Jeff Kobernus paced Syracuse's offense with four hits and two runs batted in, while Zach Walters added three hits and an RBI.
The Tides will wrap up their homestand Sunday afternoon, with first pitch slated for 1:05. Josh Stinson (1-0, 1.96) takes the mound for Norfolk against right-hander Chris Young (0-1, 9.00).
Notes: The five Norfolk errors were a season-high and one shy of the franchise record, last set on June 12, 2012 at Buffalo…Norfolk dropped back into a first place tie with Durham, who defeated Pawtucket 4-1 earlier Saturday…Travis Ishikawa singled to extend his hitting streak to seven games…Yamaico Navarro went 0-for-4, snapping his 17-game on-base streak…Norfolk has out-homered its opponents 19-8 in 16 games at Harbor Park this season.