NORFOLK- Mark Worrell gave up a two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th inning Sunday, and the Norfolk Tides fell 6-5 to the Columbus Clippers in front of 4,289 fans at Harbor Park.
Cord Phelps came up with the big hit that plated pinch-runner Kyle Smith from second base. Smith was pinch-running for Paul Phillips who walked to leadoff the frame. The hit was Phelps’s third of the game and produced his third RBI. Worrell (0-2, 3.38) took the loss after allowing the one run in his 1.0 innings of work.
The Tides got on the board first with a three-run second inning that was highlighted by a two-run triple from Blake Davis. Matt Angle followed with a single to left field that plated Davis.
Phelps, who was 3-for-6 on the day, got the Clippers on the board in the following half inning with an RBI triple off Tides starter Jason Berken. A walk and hit batter loaded the bases for Columbus before Jason Kipnis delivered an RBI single to cut the deficit in half. Luke Carlin then drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game and end the day for Berken.
Berken lasted just 2.2 innings before giving way to Chris George. He allowed three runs on three hits. He walked four batters and struck out two. The Tides re-took the lead in the bottom half of the frame on a Brendan Harris double that scored John Hester from second base, but the lead was short lived as George allowed two more runs to cross the plate in the 4th inning.
Once again it was Cord Phelps delivering the big hit for the visitors. With runners at first and second, Phelps came through with an RBI double to tie the game. An error by Brendan Harris on a ground ball from Jerad Head one out later allowed the Clippers to re-take the lead. John Hester’s second double of the game in the bottom half of the inning scored Matt Angle and tied the game at 5-5
Joe Martinez (4-1, 4.74) took the win after tossing a scoreless 9th inning. He allowed two one-out hits but retired Josh Bell and Hester to end the frame unscathed. Josh Judy picked up his seventh save of the season.
The Tides will travel to Pawtucket Monday for the start of a four-game series. RH Rick VandenHurk (2-7, 5.29) will take the ball opposite LH Felix Doubront (0-0, 1.98). First pitch is set for 4:05.