The Norfolk Tides entered Friday having lost two of their first three games. The collection of talent on this season-opening roster was one that was loaded with expectations and excitement.
On Friday night, the Tides were ready to roll, as top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez was making his season debut and looking to carry over his dominant 2021 season success.
With gas cans at the ready, the young and powerful righty would not disappoint, and the Tides would show just what kind of offense this team can produce.
Rodriguez would pitch four innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking just one. Throwing 61 pitches, 40 would end up as strikes, with all seven strikeouts coming on swing and misses.
Ryan Conroy would collect the win, pitching two innings, and the bullpen would pitch five innings of one run ball, collecting another seven strikeouts on the night for Norfolk.
As if Rodriguez wasn’t dominant enough by himself, the Tides offense went on display, pounding out 10 hits and collecting five walks. Rylan Bannon would lead the way with four hits and three RBIs, while picking up his first home run of the season.
Robert Neustrom and Johnny Rizer would also add home runs, as the Tides’ offense scored in four of the eight innings they came to bat.
Yusniel Díaz added a double, and Terrin Vavra added a double and a triple as part of the five extra base hits the Tides would collect on the night.
Rodriguez led the Tides to one heck of a win, and it’s only the beginning, as we hope to see him on orange and black sometime this season.
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