Four pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout, Logan Schafer homered and Chance Sisco had three hits as the Tides blanked the Charlotte Knights 5-0 Saturday night at Harbor Park.
Zach Stewart, Jed Bradley, Tim Berry and Jimmy Yacabonis combined on the gem, Norfolk's second shutout victory of the young season. The quartet combined to strike out 10, with Bradley (1-0) tossing two scoreless innings to earn the victory in his Tides debut.
Stewart turned in an impressive outing in a spot start, spinning four shutout innings in his first start of the season. Stewart, who pitched for Charlotte in 2011 and 2013, allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five, throwing 45 of his 76 pitches for strikes.
Schafer gave the Tides the only run they would need in the third frame, when he belted a leadoff home run off of Charlotte starter Mike Pelfrey (0-2). He later added a single in the sixth, and he's now hit safely in eight of nine games to open the season.
Sisco, the top prospect in the Orioles system, registered his first three-hit game at the Triple-A level, as he singled twice, doubled, walked and scored three runs. The 22-year-old backstop has now hit safely in three of his past four games, batting .400 (6-15) over that stretch.
Alex Castellanos added two RBI doubles in the win, which was Norfolk's second straight to open the series. Chris Dickerson contributed two hits and a run to help pace the Tides 12-hit attack.
The Tides wrap up their opening homestand on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch against Charlotte set for 1:05. Mike Wright (0-1, 8.59) gets the start for Norfolk and will be opposed by right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (0-1, 6.48).
Notes: Prior to Saturday's game, left-hander Richard Bleier was placed on Norfolk's disabled list, retro to April 14, with a right hamstring injury…Also on Saturday, the Orioles recalled RHP Alec Asher from Norfolk, optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to the Tides, and transferred left-handers Jed Bradley (from Bowie) and Tim Berry (from Aberdeen) to Norfolk's roster…Johnny Giavotella singled to extend his hitting streak to six games, Norfolk's longest streak of the season.
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