Norfolk plated two runs in the 9th inning but fell to the Louisville Bats 6-2 Wednesday afternoon.
The Tides had three hits in the final inning to help break up Louisville's shutout bid, with Melvin Dorta plating Jeff Fiorentino on a sacrifice fly and Steve Torrealba connecting on a pinch-hit single that scored Chad Moeller. Louisville reliever Robert Manuel ended the Tides comeback bid, as he struck out Joey Gathright with runners on first and second to end the contest and pick up his fourth save of the season.
Bats starter Homer Bailey (7-5) was extremely effective, as he allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out seven in eight innings to pick up the victory.
Norfolk starter Jake Arrieta (0-2) struggled in his second outing with the Tides after he was promoted from Double-A Bowie last week. The 23-year-old yielded five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work, walking two and striking out seven. Arrieta threw 87 pitches in the contest, 56 of which went for strikes.
Ross Wolf, Kam Mickolio and Jim Miller combined to toss 3.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Tides, who fell to 4-11 in June with the loss.
The Tides will wrap up their eight-game road trip on Thursday night, with first pitch from Slugger Field slated for 7:05. Chris Tillman (5-3, 2.33) will take the hill for the Tides against Bats right-hander Justin Lehr (8-2, 3.93).
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