Norfolk splits series with Syracuse: Weekly Recap

The Norfolk Tides are a team to be reckoned with. Sitting at 31-13, they hold an eight-game lead in the International East standings. 

The Tides have not lost a series so far in 2023 and are 11-4 against teams with winning records. This is the team a step below the bigs, by the way.

The Tides faced off against the Syracuse Mets this past week and ended up splitting the series three games a piece. The series saw four games decided by three runs or less and showcased a couple pitching duals as well. 

Let’s see who the standouts were from this last series.

JOSH LESTER – INF

Josh Lester is having a good season for the Tides, and against the Mets, he showed why the Orioles took an interest in him in the free agent market.

Hitting .375 for the series, Lester raised his batting average from .252 to .264, as more than half his hits went for extra bases. Lester also drove in seven runs for the series.

His best game came Saturday in the Tides’ 12-7 victory. Lester went 3-for-5, including two doubles and home runs, while driving in four runs and scoring two. 

For the season, Lester is now slashing .264/.333/.546. He has 12 home runs and 42 RBIs across 42 games and has added 31 runs, with 48% of his hits are going for extra bases. 

DREW ROM – LHP

It’s not often that a pitcher will make a stand-out performance in a loss, but this past week, Drew Rom gets that honor.

In a pitchers dual against the Mets’ Joey Lucchessi, Rom stood toe-to-toe as he pitched into the sixth, completing 5.2 innings. He gave up eight hits and two walks but only allowed one run while striking out five.

Rom (4-2) would drop his season ERA 0.31 points to 3.40 in the loss. He has a WHIP of 1.41 across eight games (seven starts) with a complete game on the season. He has pitched 39.2 innings while striking out 42 to 15 walks.

CHRIS VALLIMONT – RHP

The Minnesota Twins manage to keep gifting the Orioles strong pitchers. Chris Vallimont, whom the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Twins, started across former Oriole Dylan Bundy this week.

Vallimont would pitch 5.2 innings of four-hit ball, allowing no runs. He would strike out seven while issuing one walk, as he led the Tides to a 3-0 victory Wednesday.

For the season, Vallimont improved to 2-0 across eight games (four starts) with two saves as well. He has pitched 33.1 innings, striking out 39 batters while holding opponents to a .196 batting average.

The Tides, who have a run differential of +118, will enjoy a day off before heading to Memphis to take on the Red Birds. Will Norfolk keep their series winning streak alive?

The Tides are back in action Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. EST with D.L. Hall taking the mound. Tune in and see if the Tides rise to the challenge.

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

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