The Norfolk Tides hadn't suffered a two-game losing streak in more than a month, since April 20.
But Thursday night, the South Division-leading Tides (31-16) lost 4-3 in a series opener to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown, Pa., though L.J. Hoes and Chris Robinson each had two hits.
Ethan Martin gained the victory for Lehigh Valley (21-25), a Phillies affiliate that has won three games in a row. Starter Jair Jurrjens took the loss in his first start since Baltimore sent him down.
Richmond completed a 9-4 win against Trenton before 7,042 at The Diamond in one of the most exciting manners possible -- a triple play.
With runners at first and second and nobody out in the top of the ninth inning, Flying Squirrels reliever Scott Shuman delivered a 3-2 pitch to Thunder batter Tyler Austin. He sent a liner just to the left of shortstop Joe Panik. Panik snared the ball, ran to second base for the second out and zipped a throw to first base to complete the triple play.
Panik, Javier Herrera and Ryan Lollis each had three hits for the Squirrels (23-22). Panik and Lollis each reached base five times, and Mark Minicozzi scored three times.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun