Jayson Aquino worked six strong innings, Johnny Giavotella had three hits and Robert Andino homered as Norfolk knocked off Charlotte 3-1 Friday night at Harbor Park.
Aquino (1-1) became the first Norfolk pitcher to record a Quality Start this season as he helped pitch the Tides to a win in the opener of a three-game set. The 24-year-old southpaw yielded one unearned run on five hits in his outing, striking out eight without walking a batter. He threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes and struck out four of the final six batters he faced to help Norfolk snap a three-game losing skid.
Andino got the Tides on the board with a solo homer off of Tyler Danish (1-1) in the second inning, his first long ball of the season. Giavotella later added an RBI double in the third frame and a run-scoring single in the fifth, giving him 13 hits through nine games this season.
Giavotella has now hit safely in eight of nine games to open 2017, batting .381 (13-37) with a league-high five doubles and three RBI.
Scott McGough followed Aquino's efforts with two scoreless innings of relief before giving way to Logan Verrett, who struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.
The Tides and Knights will continue their three-game set on Saturday night at Harbor Park, with first pitch slated for 7:05. Zach Stewart (0-1, 9.00) will make the start for Norfolk and be opposed by RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.12).
Saturday is the first postgame fireworks show of the season, and chart-topping music from 1993 - the first year of baseball at Harbor Park - will be played throughout the fireworks show. The first 2,500 fans entering the ballpark will also receive a 25th season color-changing cup, courtesy of Autobell Car Wash.
Notes: Prior to Friday's game, Tides RHP Alec Asher was placed on the Baltimore Taxi Squad and RHP Scott McGough was transferred to Norfolk from Class-A Aberdeen…Also on Friday, the Orioles acquired LHP Paul Fry from Seattle in exchange for an International Bonus Slot and designated Tides RHP Parker Bridwell for assignment…David Washington singled twice in the win…Paul Janish walked and scored a run, giving him a .438 on-base percentage through eight games this season.
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