Written by Ian Locke
Yamaico Navarro lined a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, capping a 5-4 comeback win for the Tides over the Charlotte Knights Tuesday night at Harbor Park.
Trailing 4-0 in the eighth, the Tides plated three runs in the inning to begin the comeback bid, as Russ Canzler ignited the offense with a two-run home run. Norfolk pulled within one run later in the eighth frame, as pinch-hitter Conor Jackson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Navarro from third.
The Tides continued their rally in the ninth inning, as Trayvon Robinson led off the frame by working a walk off of Jeff Gray (0-1). After a deep fly out by Canzler, Danny Valencia also walked to put runners on first and second, and Travis Ishikawa followed with a line drive single to plate Robinson and tie the game at 4-4. Navarro then grounded a 1-2 pitch up the middle for a single, scoring Valencia from third and giving the Tides their second walk-off win of the season.
Navarro finished with three hits in the contest, while Robinson and Ishikawa both added a single and a double.
Canzler’s home run was his second of the season and gave him eight runs batted in through the first six games of the season. Canzler has eight of Norfolk’s 16 RBI this year.
Adam Russell (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Russell allowed three straight batters to reach safely to begin the ninth inning before working out of a bases-loaded, no out jam.
Tides starter Josh Stinson turned in a solid outing in his Tides debut. The 25-year-old, who was claimed off of waivers from Oakland on April 4, allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings of work. Stinson recorded seven strikeouts while walking one.
Norfolk’s rally denied a win for Charlotte starter and ex-Oriole Jason Berken, who blanked the Tides on five hits over five innings. Berken, who made 26 starts for Norfolk last season, walked one and struck out three.
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