Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM
NORFOLK, VA-David Adams belted his first homer of the season, but Gwinnett plated two late runs in a 4-3 comeback win over the Tides Tuesday night at Harbor Park. Norfolk led 3-2 entering the eighth inning before the Braves rallied for two runs against Brock Huntzinger (0-1). Phil Gosselin knotted the score with a one-out single that scored pinch-runner Derrick Mitchell, and Christian Bethancourt later singled home Gosselin to put the Braves ahead 4-3.
The Tides put runners on base in both the eighth and ninth frames, but could not push the tying run across against relievers Wirfin Obispo or Juan Jaime. Jaime worked around a one-out walk in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
Norfolk jumped out to an early lead in the contest, as Henry Urrutia plated Julio Borbon with an RBI groundout in the first frame. After Gwinnett knotted the score at 1-1 in the second, Adams grounded into a bases loaded double play to give the Tides a 2-1 lead. Adams then extended Norfolk’s lead to 3-1 with a solo home run in the fifth – his first long ball of the season.
Tides starter Mike Wright was sharp in his season debut, but Gwinnett’s late rally denied him of his first Triple-A victory. Wright, the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013, yielded one unearned run on five hits over five innings while walking one and striking out four. The only run he allowed came in the second frame, as Phil Gosselin opened the inning by reaching on an error by Wright before coming around to score on a two-out single by Christian Bethancourt.