Tides drop 6th in a row, as bullpen falters
The Tides were defeated again for the 6th game in a row after dropping a 6-5 decision to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Batavia, New York.
The Tides were ticketed to record their first win in six games going into the seventh inning with a 5-2 lead; however, the bullpen was unable to maintain the lead and the Yankees tied the score at five on three doubles and a walk.
The Yankees took the lead in the eighth when Willie Eyre loaded the bases on two walks and a double. Veteran Chris George, who in relief of Eyre, unleashed a wild pitch that allowed the Yankees to take the lead and eventual final score of the game.
Brad Bergesen pitched well enough for the win, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. Tides relievers, Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Phillips, Willie Eyre and Chris George gave up four runs on five hits in the final frames after Bergesen’s departure.
The Tides newest addition, catcher Luis Exposito had three of the Tides’ six hits, including two-run double. Outfielder Xavier Avery extended his hitting streak to seven games and drew walks.
The teams have a 12:05 p.m. game scheduled today. The Tides will have Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.73) making his fourth start of 2012.
The Tides return to Harbor Park tomorrow to face the Durham Bulls at 7:15.
Tides starting pitching: Tides starter Brad Bergesen allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings of work. Bergesen struck out three in the contest, throwing 50 of his 83 pitches for strikes.
Tides bullpen : Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Phillips, Willie Eyre and Chris George combined to give up four runs on five hits in the seventh and eighth innings. Zach Phillips recorded no outs while giving up 3 H, 2 R, 0 K, 1 BB.
Willie Eyre took his third loss and has had a rough start of the 2012 season, loaded the bases on a double and two walks.
Tides Offense : Luis Exposito had three of Norfolk’s six hits, including a two-run double in the fifth inning. He is now 4-for-9 since joining Norfolk’s roster Friday.
Xavier Avery singled and walked three times, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Avery is batting .286/.392/.476 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, and 4 SB.
The Tides drew 10 walks in the game but finished 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.