Giavotella powers Tides to walk-off win

Norfolk rallies with three in the ninth to sweep series

Johnny Giavotella is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off triple Sunday at Harbor Park. (Scott Sears)

By Norfolk Tides | April 16, 2017 5:17 PM ET

Johnny Giavotella's two-run triple capped a three-run ninth inning rally, giving Norfolk a 5-4 walk-off win over the Charlotte Knights Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park.

Norfolk entered the ninth inning trailing 4-2 but David Washington started the comeback bid with a leadoff double off of Zack Burdi (0-1). After a wild pitch and a walk to Paul Janish, Logan Schafer followed with a sharp ground ball that shortstop Jose Vinicio could not handle, allowing Washington to score to pull the Tides within 4-3. Giavotella then lined a two-run shot into the left-center field gap, easily scoring Janish and Schafer and giving the Tides a walk-off win and a sweep of the three-game set.

The game-winning triple extended Giavotella's hit streak to seven games, the longest by a Tides player this season. It also helped Norfolk wrap up its opening homestand with a 4-3 record.

The comeback victory made a winner out of Scott McGough (1-0), who worked a scoreless ninth inning - his third straight scoreless appearance to open the season.  

Norfolk starter Mike Wright navigated the first three innings without yielding a run, but surrendered a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run to Carson Blair in the fourth frame that gave the Knights a 3-1 lead. It was the first home run surrendered by Wright in three starts this season, as the 27-year-old East Carolina product struck out two, walked four and surrendered three hits over 4.1 innings of work.

Robert Andino hit a solo homer in the contest, a solo shot in the fourth inning that came against Charlotte starter Reynaldo Lopez (1-1), the #4 prospect in the White Sox organization according to MLB.com.

The Tides will enjoy their first off day of the season on Monday before opening up a six-game road trip in Buffalo on Tuesday night. Gabriel Ynoa (0-2, 9.39) will get the start for Norfolk against right-hander Casey Lawrence, with first pitch slated for 6:05.  

Notes: Earlier Sunday, the Orioles recalled RHP Stefan Crichton from Norfolk to take the place of LHP Zach Britton, who was placed on the disabled list with a left forearm strain…RHP Damien Magnifico, who was acquired by Baltimore in a trade with Milwaukee on Thursday, allowed a run on two hits in his Norfolk debut…Richard Rodriguez tossed 2.2 innings of shutout relief, striking out four to lower his ERA to 1.82…Logan Schafer had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base as he upped his hitting streak to five consecutive games.

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