NORFOLK, Va. - The Gwinnett Stripers split a doubleheader with the Norfolk Tides Tuesday night at Harbor Park, losing game one by a 1-0 score, but coming back to win the nightcap 2-1.
The only run in game one came in the bottom of the second inning when Norfolk catcher Caleb Joseph hit a solo homer to right off Gwinnett right-hander Wes Parsons.
Parsons (L, 1-1) went 5.0 innings with three hits, one earned run, two walks allowed and two strikeouts. Chad Bell pitched 1.0 inning with one hit given up.
John Means (W, 2-1) matched Parsons stride-for-stride, tossing 6.0 innings with three hits allowed and eight strikeouts. Jhan Marinez (S, 7) worked the final inning with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Stripers could only muster three singles in the first game; one each by Phil Gosselin, Sean Kazmar Jr. and Chris Stewart.
Joseph was 1-for-2 with a solo homer in game one for Norfolk.
Game two was another pitchers' duel, though it went in the Stripers' favor.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Danny Santana hit a long home run (9) to right field for a 1-0 Gwinnett lead.
The Tides leveled the game in the bottom of the sixth as Gwinnett starter Elian Leyva, making his first career Triple-A start, gave up a leadoff double to former Brookwood High School star Cedric Mullins. Steve Wilkerson, a former high school star out of Pope High School in Marietta, followed with a double to right, scoring Mullins to tie the game at 1-1. The Stripers brought in Evan Phillips, who would strikeout the side to strand Wilkerson at second and prevent any further damage.
The winning run for Gwinnett came in the top of the seventh as Xavier Avery led off with a single against lefty reliever Tanner Scott. Scott then walked Tyler Smith, and with one out, walked pinch-hitter Michael Reed to load the bases. Santana followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Avery from third for a 2-1 lead and the eventual win.
Norfolk had a chance to tie or win it in the bottom of the seventh as they put runners on second and third with two outs against Josh Ravin. However, Ravin got Wilkerson to ground out to second to end the game.
Leyva worked 5.0 innings with six hits, one earned run and one walk allowed with two strikeouts. Phillips (W, 3-3) went 1.0 inning with one walk and three strikeouts. Ravin (S, 4) pitched 1.0 inning with two hits and one strikeout, keeping his season ERA at 0.00.
The Tides started lefty Paul Fry, who went 3.0 innings with three hits allowed and four strikeouts. Ryan Meisinger pitched 3.0 innings with two hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts. Scott (L, 0-1) worked 1.0 inning with one hit, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout.
Game two was led by Santana who was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.
Mullins and Wilkerson were both 2-for-4 in game two for the Tides. Mullins had two doubles. Garabez Rosa was 2-for-3.
The Stripers (27-35) and Tides (33-28) meet in the rubber match Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. at Harbor Park. Left-hander Max Fried (1-3, 4.88) will start for Gwinnett against righty Asher Wojciechowski (3-2, 3.47). Tony Schiavone has the play-by-play call on 97.7 and 93.5 FM The Other Side of the River beginning at 11:35 a.m.
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