NORFOLK, Va. Steve Lombardozzi singled home Julio Borbon in the bottom of the 10th inning off Henry Rodriguez to lead the Norfolk Tides to an 8-7 win on Wednesday in the opening game of a two-game series from Harbor Park.
The two teams went to the bottom of the 10th tied at 7. Rodriguez (0-1, 27.00), who was activated from the disabled list before the game, made his debut for Charlotte. He allowed a leadoff walk to Steve Clevenger, who was replaced by pinch-runner Julio Borbon. Rodriguez then walked Xavier Paul to give the Tides two runners on base with no outs.
The struggles for Rodriguez continued when a wild pitch moved both runners up a base. Although he struck out Ivan De Jesus next, Rodriguez walked the bases loaded and the Tides had the game-winning run at third base. Lombardozzi then came through with the game-winner.
Jordan Danks and Matt Tuiasosopo had three hits each, while Matt Davidson had two doubles and two RBIs for the Knights.
Starter Daniel McCutchen made his Charlotte debut and allowed six runs on five hits over five innings. He walked four batters and struck out seven. Maikel Cleto gave up one run over two innings, while Donnie Veal did not allow a run in two innings.
Clay Rapada (1-0, 5.40) earned the win after allowing one hit in one inning of work for Norfolk.
Intimidators 6, Shorebirds 4: Carl Thomore’s second inning grand slam paved the way for host Kannapolis’ eighth straight win. The Intimidators (40-41) clinched a series victory.
Thad Lowry (4-4) matched his career-high with six innings of work, limiting the Shorebirds (44-39) to one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts to earn the win.
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E — De Jesus. LOB–CHA: 10, NOR: 9. 2B–Davidson, Phelps, Lombardozzi. 3B–Tekotte. SF–Britton, Taylor M.. SB–Danks.
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