Tide steady: Norfolk splits series with Jacksonville

The Norfolk Tides are still looking for their first series win since the end of June. After splitting their most recent series with Jacksonville, the Tides will go into September having not won their last eight series.

Though the Tides gained a split, they did show improvement, as their pitching held Jacksonville to three or fewer runs in four of the six games. On top of that, their offense scored six-plus runs in four games, winning three of those.

Jordan Westburg had two multi-hit games and reached base in five of the six games he played. For the month, Westburg has been on base in 22 of the 24 games he has played.

In Tuesday’s 6-3 victory, Westburg would collect two hits in five trips to the plate. Those two hits: home runs. Westburg’s homers accounted for four of the six runs the Tides scored on the day.

On the season, Westburg is now batting .262 since arriving in Norfolk. Overall, he is hitting .256 with 21 home runs and 81 RBIs on the year.

Catcher Jacob Nottingham had a coming-out party against Jacksonville. He would reach base 11 times, including eight hits over the course of the five games he played.

In the Tides’ 9-2 win Sunday, Nottingham would go 2-for-5 at the plate. He would hit a double and a home run, collecting three RBIs and scoring one run.

For thr season, Nottingham has played in 77 games, hitting .234 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs. He has 32 walks 12 stolen bases and has thrown out 27.8% of would-be base stealers.

D.L. Hall, who is working out of the bullpen with the intent of helping the Orioles’ postseason push, had two appearances this week for Norfolk.

He would work a combined 3.2 innings, allowing one hit and two runs, while striking out six and walking only one. He picked up one win and one loss during the series and threw 56 pitches, with 39 going for strikes (70% strike rate).

Hall is now 3-8 on the year with a 4.55 ERA. He has pitched 83 innings with 136 strikeouts, and opponents are batting .212 on the season against the left-hander.

It has been announced that the Orioles’ No. 4 prospect (MLB’s No. 43), outfielder Colton Cowser, and O’s No. 19 prospect, shortstop Joey Ortiz, have been promoted to Norfolk. The Tides now have some reinforcements for the stretch run.

Cowser slashed .341/.469/.568 across 49 games with Bowie. For Ortiz, who underwent left shoulder surgery in the offseason, he is slashing .355/.425/.634 with 11 home runs since the start of July.

Both will be a welcome addition to Norfolk. The Tides are back in action starting Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. EST, as they welcome the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to town.

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