The Norfolk Tides defeated the Gwinnett Braves 5-2 on Wednesday night at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. The G-Braves fall to 72-53 on the season, but remain three games ahead of the Durham Bulls in the International League South Division standings.
The Bulls dropped their Wednesday night game 8-1 to the Charlotte Knights. Norfolk improves to 65-58 on the season.
After the G-Braves scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, Norfolk struck back with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Gwinnett scored first when Brandon Jones, who led-off the fifth inning with a double to right field, scored on a Diory Hernandez single to left field.
But the Tides quickly loaded the bases on a walk and two bunt singles in the bottom half of the fifth. With one out, Joey Gathright cleared the bases with a triple. Gathright was then plated on Justin Turner’s double. And Brandon Snyder capped the five-run inning with an RBI single to left field.
G-Braves’ starter John Halama was charged with his fifth loss of the season after allowing all five of the Tides’ runs in 6 2/3 innings on the mound. Halama is now 4-5 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 games with Gwinnett.
Jake Arrieta held Gwinnett to one run in seven innings. Arrieta improves to 4-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts with Norfolk. Tides’ reliever Bob McCrory retired the G-Braves in order in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Gregor Blanco and Brooks Conrad each had a pair of hits for Gwinnett in the loss, while Barbaro Canizares and Diory Hernandez drove home the only Gwinnett runs.
Joey Gathright was 3-for-4 with three RBI on Wednesday to pace the Tides’ offense. Brandon Snyder and Melvin Dorta each had a pair of hits for Norfolk.
Gwinnett will send right-hander Todd Redmond (8-6, 4.07 ERA) to the mound on Thursday for game three in the four-game set at Norfolk. The Tides will counter with RHP Andy Mitchell (9-4, 5.07 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.