NORFOLK, VA- Norfolk used two early home runs and a strong start from Suk-min Yoon to knock off the Syracuse Chiefs 5-4 Monday night at Harbor Park. The Tides jumped out to an early lead off of Chiefs starter James Simmons (0-1), as Quintin Berry collected a first inning RBI double before Brett Wallace lofted a two-run homer, putting Norfolk on top 3-0 after one. Norfolk then extended its lead to 5-0 in the second frame, as Ivan De Jesus opened the inning with a single and Buck Britton followed with a line drive two-run homer.
Yoon (3-6) made the early lead hold up, picking up the win after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He surrendered a two-run homer to Zach Walters in the third inning before yielding a run in the fifth as he registered his third Quality Start of the season.
Yoon, who struck out six while issuing one walk, threw 60 of his 84 pitches for strikes. Over his last seven starts, the 27-year-old has now gone 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA (21 ER, 44.0 IP) with 36 strikeouts and just three walks.
Ramon Ramirez, who was making his Tides debut after being transferred to Norfolk from the GCL Orioles earlier Monday, followed Yoon and struck out three over two perfect innings of relief. Preston Guilmet allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning but retired Will Rhymes with the tying run on second base to earn his fifth save of the season.
Julio Borbon had three hits and two stolen bases to lead the Tides offense, which had hit just four home runs over the first 14 games in June before connecting for two long balls Monday.