NORFOLK, VA – A night after scoring 21 runs on 20 hits, a four-run lead in the eighth inning was not enough for the Knights to hold on for a second consecutive win.
Norfolk scored five unanswered runs in the final two innings and went on to walk-off with a 5-4 victory over the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday in the middle game of the three-game series from Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA.
The Tides scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull within one run of the Knights (4-3). Norfolk then came on strong against Charlotte reliever Jeff Gray (0-1, 10.80) in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With two runners on base and just one out, Travis Ishikawa singled home Trayvon Robinson in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4. Second baseman Yamaico Navarro then stepped to the plate and came up with the biggest hit of the game for the Tides. Navarro roped a game-winning single up the middle to give the Tides a 5-4 win.
Offensively, the Knights got off to a quick start on Tuesday and entered the final innings with a lead 4-0 lead. Seth Loman continued his offensive power surge with his second home run of the season, a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Last season, Loman was the Double-A Birmingham Barons Player of the Year after hitting 16 home runs. He finished off the 2012 season by playing for the Knights (five games). So far this season, the 27-year-old is hitting .368 with two home runs and six RBIs.
Jordan Danks chipped in with his first home run of the season, a solo home run off of Norfolk starter Josh Stinson in the third inning. Danks, who is in his fourth season with the Knights, went 2-4 on the evening. The 2011 MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award-winner ranks second in Knights history in hits with 304. Joe Borchard leads the Knights all time with 439.
The loss spoiled a solid outing from Charlotte starter Jason Berken, who threw five scoreless innings. Berken, a product of Clemson University, allowed five hits and one walk in his 2013 season debut. Berken spent three of the last four years as a member of the Tides (2009, 2011-2012).