NORFOLK, VA-Cord Phelps’ two-out, two-run single helped Norfolk walk off with a 9-8 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Gwinnett Braves in front of 8,016 fans Saturday night at Harbor Park. The Tides trailed 8-7 entering the seventh inning, but mounted a rally against reliever James Hoyt (1-1). Jemile Weeks opened the frame with a single, and one out later Brett Wallace grounded a single to right to put runners at the corners. Francisco Peguero followed with a fly ball to left field, and Wallace alertly took second base on the throw home by Jose Constanza, setting the stage for Phelps. Phelps fell behind 0-2 before hitting a soft line drive into right field, plating Weeks and Wallace and giving the Tides the walk-off victory.
The walk-off win was Norfolk’s fourth in its last seven home games, and the doubleheader sweep was the Tides first of the season. The lead changed hands six times in the contest. Wallace had three hits to lead the offense, including a solo home run in fourth inning – his 10th long ball of the year. Xavier Paul added a two-run triple.
Clay Rapada (2-0) earned the win after striking out three in a scoreless inning of relief. In the opener, Julio Borbon had four hits and three runs batted in to lead the Tides to a 5-3 win. Borbon reached on an infield single to lead off the first frame, then collected RBI singles in the second, fourth and fifth innings to help pace Norfolk’s nine-hit attack. The four hits were a season-high for Borbon, who also added a stolen base in the contest to give him 23 steals on the season – second-most in the International League.
Nick Additon (4-5) earned the win after allowing three runs in three-plus innings of relief. He walked two and struck out three in back of Randy Wolf, who started the contest and tossed three shutout innings.
Robert Coello, signed to a free agent contract by Baltimore earlier Saturday, recorded the final three outs of the contest to register a save in his Tides debut. Catcher David Freitas, who was promoted to Norfolk from Bowie Saturday, had two hits and an RBI. Cord Phelps added a triple, two walks and three runs scored.