Actor Rob Lowe threw out the first pitch of Saturday night's game, and the way Durham shut down Norfolk, the Tides probably wished he'd stayed on the mound.
The visiting Tides fell 3-0 to the South Division champion Bulls, who have by far the IL's best record. A crowd of 11,536, the third-largest in Durham Bulls Athletic Park history, watched.
Durham starter Jake Odorizzi was the primary reason. He struck out 11 in eight innings of three-hit ball. Eddie Gamboa took the loss.
Mike Fontenot, who has significant major-league experience, drew two walks, singled in his only official at-bat and scored a run.
The Tides, whose final contest is scheduled for Sept. 2, stayed 1 1/2 games behind Rochester for the wild-card playoff berth. The Red Wings have lost four games in a row.
The box score is here:
Richmond (67-66) suffered a costly home doubleheader loss to Altoona, falling 3-2 in Game 1 and 13-1 in Game 2 at The Diamond.
In Game 1, the Curve broke a 2-2 tie on Carlos Paulino’s RBI double with one out in the seventh.
In Game 2, the Curve -- Pittsburgh's Double-A farm club -- made the game a rout with a seven-run fourth for an 8-0 advantage. Alen Hanson had three hits, Gregory Polanco doubled twice, and that was more than enough as Curve starting pitcher Casey Sadler dominated.
Ryan Lollis' RBI single in the seventh averted the shutout.
It was a difficult night for the Flying Squirrels' playoff hopes. They fell to fourth place in the Western Division, three games behind second-place Harrisburg. Two teams from the West will reach the playoffs.
The Game 1 box score is here:
The Game 2 box scores is here:Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun