NORFOLK, VA-Tyler Wilson fired seven strong innings to pitch the Tides past the Gwinnett Braves 2-1 Sunday night at Harbor Park. Wilson (2-0) allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out six as he lifted the Tides to their third straight victory over the Braves. The 24-year-old allowed one unearned run over seven innings of work, helping the Tides head into the All-Star break with wins in five of their last six games. The University of Virginia product retired each of the final nine batters he faced en route to registering his 13th Quality Start of the season.
Wilson’s victory was his 12th of the year between Norfolk and Double-A Bowie, a total that is tied with Double-A Portland’s Henry Owens for the most wins in all of Minor League baseball. Brock Huntzinger followed Wilson’s effort with a scoreless inning of relief, and Evan Meek completed the gem by striking out two in a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Tides got the only runs they would need in the fourth frame against Braves starter Gus Schlosser (5-5), who took the tough-luck loss after yielding two runs in six innings of work. Francisco Peguero hit a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the fourth frame, and Jemile Weeks followed with an RBI single that plated Brett Wallace. Norfolk had four hits and a walk in the inning but only plated two runs, as center fielder Todd Cunningham cut down two runners at home plate to limit the damage. Wallace had two of Norfolk’s six hits, while Xavier Paul added a single and a run scored.