The Gwinnett Braves pounded out 17 hits and plated 15 runs - the first seven of which came with two outs - in a 15-2 win over the Tides Tuesday night at Harbor Park.
Norfolk starter Mike Wright (0-1) retired the first six batters of the contest before running into trouble in the third frame, as Gwinnett strung together five hits - including four consecutive two-out singles - to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Braves tacked on another run against Wright in the fourth inning on a two-out single to extend their advantage to 5-0.
Wright allowed five runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings, striking out four without walking a batter. He threw 85 pitches in the game, which was his 12th career start against Gwinnett.
After Norfolk pulled to within 5-1 in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Logan Schafer, Gwinnett upped its advantage to 7-1 in the sixth frame on a two-run, two-out homer by Lane Adams off of Zach Stewart. Adams later added a three-run homer in the ninth inning to cap a 4-for-5, six RBI night.
Gwinnett starter Aaron Blair (1-1) limited the Tides to one run on three hits over 5.0 strong innings of work. He struck out six and walked three while throwing 52 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Paul Janish doubled home a run and drew a walk to lead the Tides offense, as he's now reached base safely in all five games he's appeared in this season. Janish has hit .429 (6-14) with a .579 on-base percentage thus far.
The Tides and Braves will continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Harbor Park, with first pitch set for 6:35. Gabriel Ynoa (0-1, 16.88) will make his Harbor Park debut for the Tides and will be opposed by left-hander Sean Newcomb (0-0, 8.31).
Notes: Mike Wright's outing was his 56th career start with Norfolk, the second-most by a Tides pitcher since Norfolk became an Orioles affiliate in 2007 (trailing the 69 starts made by Chris Tillman)…After setting a franchise record with a .985 fielding percentage last year, the Tides have committed 10 errors through six games this season and have yet to have an errorless game…Chance Sisco, the top-rated prospect in the Orioles system, singled twice and scored a run… Michael Choice retired the only batter he faced in the 9th inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
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