David Washington homered and doubled, but Gwinnett used a strong performance from the bottom of their lineup in an 8-2 win over the Tides Wednesday night at Harbor Park.
Washington, who led the Cardinals system with 30 home runs and 77 RBI in 2016, belted his first homer of the 2017 campaign over the Tides bullpen for a solo shot in the fifth inning. He later lined an opposite-field double to help pace Norfolk's six-hit attack.
Gwinnett registered 12 hits in the victory, with each of the bottom four batters in the order collecting multiple hits in the contest. Number eight batter Blake Lalli had the biggest hit of the ballgame, a three-run homer in the ninth inning off of Logan Verrett that broke open a 4-2 game.
Norfolk starter Gabriel Ynoa (0-2) took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over five-plus innings of work. He struck out five without walking a batter, throwing 49 of his 82 pitches for strikes as he became the first Tides starter to complete five innings this season.
Ynoa struck out the side in the second frame and entered the sixth with the score tied at 2-2, but an RBI double from 20-year-old Ozzie Albies - the number two prospect in the Atlanta Braves system - gave Gwinnett the lead. Matt Tuiasosopo later added an RBI single off of Richard Bleier to give the Braves a 4-2 advantage.
Robert Andino had an RBI single and a double in the contest, his team-leading fourth multi-hit game of the season. The veteran infielder is now batting .310 (9-29) with three doubles, a triple and four RBI this season.
The two teams will wrap up their four-game set on Thursday with a 12:05 matinee at Harbor Park. Chris Lee (0-1, 21.60) will make his home debut for the Tides and will be opposed by right-hander Matt Wisler (0-1, 7.20).
Notes: Gwinnett starter Sean Newcomb was the first left-handed starter the Tides have faced this season…The Tides committed two errors in the contest and have yet to have an errorless game this season...Norfolk pitchers struck out nine while walking one, and Tides pitchers have registered 31 strikeouts and just four walks over the first three games of the series.
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