Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 6, Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) 3
Connor Norby hit a go-ahead grand slam and the Tides double-play combination propelled Norfolk to a comeback victory over the Bisons. After a scoreless first inning, Norfolk got the scoring going in the top of the second. Ryan McKenna and Lewin Díaz worked back-to-back one-out walks and then Anthony Bemboom doubled to center field to give Norfolk an early 1-0 lead.
However, the Bisons responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second to take the lead. After a one-out single, Buffalo LF Otto Lopez tripled to right to drive in the first run and then scored on a throwing error by Norby. Buffalo added to that lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a lead off HR. After that, the Norfolk pitching staff settled down, setting the Tides up to make their comeback.
Norfolk’s big rally came in the sixth inning. With one out, Josh Lester cut the Buffalo lead in half by launching a solo shot the opposite way to left-center field. Then, with two outs, Díaz, Bemboom and Jackson Holliday connected on back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for Norby. The powerful 2B then took a 1-2 hanging curveball and deposited it over the left field fence to give the Tides a 6-3 lead.
Norby and Holliday were the offensive stars for Norfolk as they kicked off their last series of the regular season. Holliday, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, went 3-4 with three singles and a walk, collecting his first three-hit game in Triple-A. The Tides also got a strong start from Justin Armbruester, who threw six innings, gave up three runs on three hits and struck out four.
.@J_Holliday7 led the Tides in hits tonight with his first Triple-A three-hit game!— Norfolk Tides (@NorfolkTides) September 20, 2023
He's on a five-game hitting streak, slashing .450/.542/.650/1.192 in that span.#RisingTide pic.twitter.com/z3Rh3vsQKr
Wednesday’s scheduled game
- Norfolk Tides at Buffalo Bisons, 6:05pm ET. Garrett Stallings vs. TBD