Fan Appreciation Day couldn't have gone much better for the Norfolk Tides or their supporters.
With a crowd of 13,010 rocking Harbor Park, the Tides won two games against league-leading Durham in one night. They rallied for a 7-5 victory in a game suspended from Aug. 23 because of weather, then edged the Bulls 1-0 in eight innings.
The triumphs were crucial to the Tides' hopes of landing the wild-card berth in the four-team International League playoffs. Though Rochester won its game, the Tides lead the Red Wings by one game. Both teams have two to play.
To start the night, the Tides fell behind 5-1. But Norfolk scored six runs in the eighth to pull out of the hole, capped by a three-run, two-out homer by Steve Clevenger that erased a 5-4 Durham advantage.
In the regularly scheduled game, planned for seven innings, Yamaico Navarro hit a walk-off single in the eighth to bring home Luis Exposito with the winning run.
Tsuyoshi Wada pitched six shutout innings before Manny Delcarmen (3-3) pitched two hitless innings for the triumph.
The recap for the suspended game is here:
The box for the regular game is here:
An eight-run fifth inning enabled Harrisburg to rout Richmond 12-3 before 7,948 at The Diamond, ensuring that the Flying Squirrels (69-71) won't finish above .500. It also ensured that the Senators (76-64) will do no worse than tie for first place in the Western Division.
Nathan Karns, one of the Washington Nationals' top prospects, pitched seven innings of six-hit ball for the victory. Jarrett Parker, who grew up in Fredericksburg, belted a solo home run off him in the second inning.
Steven Souza Jr. and Brian Jeroloman drove in three runs apiece for Harrisburg.
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