The Norfolk Tides arrived in Nashville taking seven of their first eight games. Unfortunately for the Tides, the Sounds didn’t seem to care and took the first three games of this six-game series.
The Tides reflected and righted the ship, finishing with three straight victories to split the series with Nashville. Like their parent club, the Tides pitching seemed off balance, as they allowed five or more runs in four of the six games and eight runs in three of them.
On offense, Norfolk scored five or more runs in five of the games, as the series lacked shut down pitching for four of the six games. The Tides did hold the Sounds to one run in two of the final three games.
Let’s review some of the standout performers from the series:
JOEY ORTIZ – INF
On offense, Joey Ortiz led the way to collecting eight hits and six RBIs across the series. Playing stellar defense as well, Ortiz is quickly making a name for himself and forcing the Orioles to keep an eye on him.
In Sunday’s Tides’ 7-1 victory, Ortiz would lead the way, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. For the season, the Orioles’ No. 7 ranked prospect is now slashing .325/.326/.425 with six RBIs and four runs scored.
HUDSON HASKIN – OF
Outfielder Hudson Haskin, the Orioles’ 14th ranked prospect, had a huge series, going 10-for-21 and reaching base at least two times in four of the six games.
Haskin would be a difference-maker in the Tides’ 11-8 victory Saturday. He would go 3-for-5 at the plate, collecting two doubles and a home run, scoring two runs and collecting three RBIs for the game.
On the season, Haskin is slashing .391/.500/.652 across 13 games. He has scored 11 runs, has 18 total hits and 11 RBIs and has stolen four bases.
DREW ROM – LHP
Drew Rom stood out on the pitching side for the Tides. Covering 11 innings in two games, the Orioles’ 19th ranked prospect allowed no runs and just five hits while striking out nine.
Though he only picked up one victory, the young left-hander put the Tides in position to win in both outings and showed why he’s on the O’s 40-man roster.
For the season, Rom is now 2-0 in three games with a 1.69 ERA. He has pitched 16 total innings, striking out 12, and has a 0.94 WHIP.
The Tides are now 10-4 to start the season and lead the International League by a half game. They have a run differential of +41.
Norfolk heads home to face the Rochester Red Wings starting Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. EST at Harbor Park. Will the winning ways continue?
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