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Harbor Park Hosts First Sellout Crowd Since 2018

Marks First Monthly Award in Rodriguez’ Professional Career
Kyle Stowers (Scott Sears)
June 4, 2022

NORFOLK, Va. --- The Pajaritos de Norfolk (25-28) fell to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (28-25), 20-9, in front of a sellout crowd of 12,307. It was the first sellout of Harbor Park this season and the first since 2018. Norfolk took the field in its Copa de la Diversion identity,

NORFOLK, Va. --- The Pajaritos de Norfolk (25-28) fell to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (28-25), 20-9, in front of a sellout crowd of 12,307. It was the first sellout of Harbor Park this season and the first since 2018. Norfolk took the field in its Copa de la Diversion identity, a season-long series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.

In a series that’s been full of lead changes and comebacks, it was the Pajaritos’ turn to rally early in this one, coming back from an early 5-1 deficit with a five-run fifth. Cadyn Grenier started the scoring with a sacrifice fly and Jacob Nottingham followed two bat­ters later with a two-run double. Anthony Bemboom capped the fram with a two-run single.

But the lead was short lived, as the Jumbo Shrimp responded by sending 12 batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring nine runs to take a 14-6 lead.

The Pajarito offense could only push across three more runs over the final four frames, through a sacrifice fly from Kyle Stowers in the sixth and RBIs from Robert Neustrom and Rylan Bannon in the eighth.

Seven Norfolk batters recorded a hit in the ballgame, with four recording multi-hit efforts. All nine starters reached base safely, with seven of nine reaching safely at least twice.

Despite allowing 20 runs in the contest, just six runs were earned, as the Pajarito defense committed three costly errors in the game.

Norfolk will wrap up its season-long 12-game homestand tomorrow against the Jacksonville in the finale of this six-game set. LHP DL Hall (0-1, 4.86) will take the mound for the Tides, while RHP Bryan Hoeing (4-1, 3.90) is slated to take the mound for the Jumbo Shrimp. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

POSTGAME NOTES

  • PACK THE PARK: The official attendance for tonight’s game was 12,307, the first sellout of the season and the highest single game total since the Tides welcomed 13,902 fans to Harbor Park in on Aug. 27, 2016, against Charlotte...tonight was the first time that the Tides played in front of a crowd of at least 10,000 fans since Aug. 25, 2018, in a ballgame vs. Durham.
  • RICHIE THE KID: Richie Martin went 3-for-5 with a two runs scored, and a walk in tonight’s game...he has hit safely in five-straight after going hitless in three games after recording a career-high 13-game hitting streak...he has multi-hit efforts in three of his last five...tonight was his first three-hit effort since May 22.
  • THE GRASS IN GRENIER: Cadyn Grenier went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and an RBI in tonight’s contest...he has now reached base safely in 12-straight games, tied for the second-longest streak by a Tides player this season...since the on-base streak started on May 19, Grenier is batting .383 (18-for-47) with eight RBI.