Tides take series against RedBirds, win back-to-back series

The Norfolk Tides spent a stretch from the end of June to the near end of August looking to gain some footing. Not winning any of the eight series they played, they would not back down.

The end of August came and flipped into September, and the Tides can now say they have won back-to-back series for the first time this season.

The Tides would visit the Memphis RedBirds and take the series, four games to two. Outside of the first game, a 12-0 loss, the Tides would hold the RedBirds to five runs or less for the remaining five games.

Joey Ortiz, who hit .434 for the series, had himself a coming out parade, collecting 10 hits, five RBIs, three runs and three stolen bases for the series.

In Fridays 6-5 victory, Ortiz would go 3-for-5 at the plate. He would hit a home run, score a run and collect three RBIs in helping lead the Tides to victory.

On the year, Ortiz is now hitting .282 across two levels with 17 home runs, 82 RBIs and an OPS of .821.

Life without Gunnar is something Jordan Westburg is getting used to. The Batman to Westburg’s Robin, is currently in a playoff race with the Orioles, and Westburg is proving his moxy without him.

Over the series, Westburg would hit .348 against the RedBirds, showing he and his new partner in crime, Joey Ortiz, will be just fine.

Westburg’s best game came the Tides’ 5-0 victory Thursday. In the game, Westburg would go 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot. He would collect two doubles, a run and an RBI on the day.

On the year, Westburg is now hitting .257 with 23 home runs, 93 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. He is slugging .833, collecting 62 walks across two levels.

On the pitching side, Nick Vespi is our highlight. The reason we bring Vespi into the highlights is because he pitched another inning of zero-run ball.

Vespi, who is undefeated in the majors (5-0), has now appeared in 21 games in Triple-A, pitching 24.1 innings and allowing no earned runs.

He now has 32 strikeouts in the minors and a WHIP of 0.58. Though he has had a couple hiccups in the majors, Vespi has put together an impressive season in Norfolk.

As lower levels complete their seasons, the Tides have three more series, which will carry them to September 28.

They will start a home series with the Columbus Knights starting Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. EST. The Tides are three games under .500, with a strong chance to finish with a winning record.

Can Buck Britton guide his squad to climb over the .500 mark. There are 15 games left for the Tides to pull it out, and the push starts tomorrow.

Who stood out to you for Norfolk this week? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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