Norfolk edged by Indianapolis in doubleheader sweep

Tides drop two one-run contests

Chris Lee turned in his second straight Quality Start Thursday, allowing one run over six-plus innings. (Scott Sears/Norfolk Tides)

By Norfolk Tides | June 15, 2017 5:34 PM ET

The Indianapolis Indians swept a doubleheader from the Tides Thursday, winning game one 2-1 before edging Norfolk 4-3 in the nightcap.

In the opener, a great start from Chris Lee was spoiled when the Indians plated two seventh inning runs to top the Tides, 2-1.

Lee carried a shutout into the seventh frame before Gift Ngoepe lofted an opposite-field double to lead off the inning, chasing the 24-year-old left-hander from the contest. Eury Perez followed by dropping down a sacrifice bunt against Logan Verrett (1-1), but catcher Chance Sisco's throw went into right field, allowing Ngoepe to score and tie the game. Perez would advance to second on an errant pickoff throw by Verrett, and Jackson Williams followed by dropping down a bunt base hit down the third base line to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Justin Maffei then bunted into a 3-6 double play, but Perez scored on the play to give the Indians a 2-1 advantage.

Dovydas Neverauskas made the lead hold up, working a perfect inning to earn his fifth save of the season.

Lee, the #6 prospect in the Orioles system according to MLB.com, allowed four hits without walking a batter over his six-plus innings of work. He struck out five and needed just 80 pitches to navigate his outing as he turned in his second consecutive Quality Start.

Indy starter Tyler Glasnow, making his first start with the Tribe after opening the year with Pittsburgh, allowed just two hits while striking out eight over his six-inning start. Chance Sisco registered both of Norfolk's hits against Glasnow, as he upped his average to .432 (16-37) in June.

In game two, Drew Dosch homered to power Norfolk's nine-hit attack, but the Tribe held off the Tides 4-3.

Dosch hit a solo shot off of Nick Kingham (3-2) in the fifth frame, as his two-hit effort upped his average to .274. Johnny Giavotella added two singles and an RBI, while Logan Schafer added an RBI triple and a run scored.

Norfolk used four relievers in the setback, as Steve Johnson, Paul Fry (2-1), Richard Rodriguez and Andrew Faulkner combined to allow six hits and one walk while striking out four. Rodriguez was especially sharp, as he struck out two while retiring all eight batters he faced.

With the losses, Norfolk was swept in the three-game series and is now a season-low 12 games under .500 (27-39).

The Tides will welcome the Louisville Bats to Harbor Park on Friday for the start of a three-game set. Jayson Aquino (1-6, 5.08) gets the start for Norfolk and will be opposed by right-hander Austin Ross (2-1, 5.00), with first pitch set for 7:05.  

On Friday, the first 2,000 fans 17 and under will receive the first of three sets of Tides baseball cards, courtesy of John's Tax Service and SKY4. There will also be an appearance by the traveling mascot Reggy.

Notes: Prior to Thursday's doubleheader, catcher Audry Pérez was transferred to Double-A Bowie to make room on the roster for 1B Jesús Montero, who was reinstated from the disabled list…With two roster moves Thursday, Norfolk has made 129 transactions this season and is on pace for 277 this year, a mark that would surpass the franchise record of 226 set in 2012…Norfolk has now played 22 one-run games this season, going 10-12…Luis Sardiñas had two hits in the nightcap, giving him multiple hits in four of his last five games.

Game 1 Highlights

Game 2 Highlights

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