NORFOLK, VA- For the second consecutive night, the Norfolk Tides defeated the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Harbor Park. Norfolk posted a season high 14 runs on 15 hits, including three homers. With the game tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the third, the Tides offense exploded as they plated six runs on seven singles and a pair of Scranton miscues. Xavier Paul and Brett Wallace joined in on the offensive onslaught as they led off the fourth inning with back-to-back homers, the first time the Tides have accomplished the feat since Alex Liddi and Yamaico Navarro did so on July 14, 2013 against the Charlotte Knights.
Cord Phelps led off the fifth with a solo home run of his own, providing the Tides with 11-2 lead. Both Norfolk and Scranton would go on to score three more runs apiece en route to a 14-6 victory for the Tides, their 10th of the season.
Norfolk’s starter Steve Johnson threw three innings while giving up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four in his first outing since being placed on the disabled list on April 15th with right shoulder inflammation. Tim Alderson (1-2) notched his first win of the season after throwing two innings of relief where he gave up only one hit while striking out a pair of RailRiders. Josh Stinson tossed two innings and gave up one hit with one strikeout in his first game with Norfolk after being outrighted from Baltimore. Manager Ron Johnson was ejected in the third inning after arguing a fair/foul call, the first Tides ejection of the season.