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Rodriguez Dazzles in Loss at Nashville

Sounds Shutout Tides, Overcome Stellar Pitching By Norfolk
May 7, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tn., --- The Norfolk Tides (14-15) lost to the Nashville Sounds (19-9), 1-0, Saturday night. Tides starter Grayson Rodriguez pitched strong with Adley Rutschman as his catcher. To start, Rodriguez allowed the first batter of the game to reach with a single, but immediately picked him off. He walked

NASHVILLE, Tn., --- The Norfolk Tides (14-15) lost to the Nashville Sounds (19-9), 1-0, Saturday night. Tides starter Grayson Rodriguez pitched strong with Adley Rutschman as his catcher.

To start, Rodriguez allowed the first batter of the game to reach with a single, but immediately picked him off. He walked the second batter he faced but induced an inning-ending double play. In the second, he settled in striking out the side. He went on to retire eight in a row until he walked Jonathan Davis to lead off the fourth inning.

Rodriguez was pulled with one out in the sixth inning as he reached 82 pitches. He didn’t allow a run, allowing two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Nashville didn’t score their run until the bottom of the eighth inning. The Sounds were able to start the inning with back-to-back singles. But the Tides were able to to get two outs with out allowing a run. Brice Turang ruined Norfolk’s hopes when he hit a ground ball up the middle to knock in the game winning run.

Tomorrow, the Tides will have LHP Kevin Smith (0-1, 1.23) on the mound, while Nashville will throw RHP Alec Bettinger (3-7, 4.75). First Pitch at 3:05 p.m. ET.

POSTGAME NOTES

  • JAMMIN’ JAHMAI: The Norfolk offense was led by Jahmai Jones tonight, who went 3-for-4 with his second stolen base of the season...through his three games in the series at Nashville, Jones is 5-for-12.
  • BATTERY POWERED: The battery of Grayson Rodriguez and Adley Rutschman toight was the 13th time the duo have worked together...in 13 starts together so far, Rodriguez is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA (15 ER, 58.2 IP) and has struck out 85 batters to 20 walks...the 85 strikeouts make up 24.4 percent of Rodriguez’ career strikeouts (348).