Norfolk sent 13 men to the plate in a nine-run fourth inning, cruising to a 10-1 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Wednesday night at Harbor Park.
Leading 1-0 entering the fourth, the Tides collected eight hits and took advantage of two crucial errors to blow the game wide open. Seven different Norfolk batters collected an RBI in the frame, with Danny Valencia's two-run home run and Brandon Wood's two-run double being the big hits of the inning. All nine runs were scored against IronPigs starter Adam Morgan (1-4), with seven of the runs being unearned after errors by second baseman Pete Orr and third baseman Cody Asche.
Valencia's home run was his third of the last two games and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Over that span, he's hit .348 (16-for-46) with six home runs and 15 RBI, and he's now second in the International League with 10 home runs this season.
Russ Canzler added three hits in the win to extend his own hitting streak to 10 games, while Wood, Trayvon Robinson and Buck Britton each adding two hits apiece.
Josh Stinson (2-1) was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, although the 25-year-old did not need much help. Stinson allowed one run on eight hits over six innings, striking out five without walking a batter. He threw 60 of his 96 pitches for strikes as he helped the Tides win their fifth consecutive game.
Chris Jones followed Stinson with three scoreless innings to record his first Triple-A save.
The Tides have now won 17 of their last 20 games and 13 of their last 14 games at Harbor Park. Norfolk, which is the highest scoring team in the IL, has also scored 44 runs over its last four games.
The two clubs will continue their four-game series Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park, with first pitch set for 12:05. Tsuyoshi Wada will make his season debut on a rehab assignment and will be opposed by IronPigs right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-3, 5.40).
Notes: Every Tides batter had a hit in the contest, with six different players collecting an RBI…Travis Ishikawa and Russ Canzler have both reached base safely in 18 consecutive games…Since opening the season 1-4, Norfolk has gone 27-9…The Tides are now 22-3 when scoring first…Norfolk improved to 11-3 against the IL North with the win.