The Tides came into the season with a new manager and a majority of last year’s Bowie team, including manager Buck Britton, making their way to the highest level of the minors.
Excitement and expectations fill the season, and on April 5, they got under way with a 3-1 to loss.
Come April 6, however, the Tides (pun intended) would turn, and they would change their fortunes.
After starter Cody Sedlock surrendered five earned runs across three innings, things settled down for the pitching staff.
The bullpen would come through with six innings of no-run, four-hit ball led by Ryan Hartman’s four innings of work.
The lineup faired a bit better, scoring two runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to comeback and take the game.
Jahmai Jones, Yusniel Díaz and Robert Neustrom all had two hits a piece, with Neustrom knocking in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tides their first win of the season.
On defense, the outfield shined the brightest, as Díaz and Neustrom both had outfield assists. Díaz’s assist nailed a runner at home to end the third inning and stop a three-run rally.
After a tough extra innings loss this afternoon, the Tides are 1-2 on the young season, but the walk-off five-run comeback in game two shows how exciting this Norfolk squad is and will be in 2022.
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