Written by Ian Locke and Bret Lasky
Freddy Garcia tossed three shutout innings and Norfolk pounded out 14 hits as the Tides topped the Norfolk State Spartans 9-2 in front of 7,878 fansTuesday night at Harbor Park.
Garcia, who was signed by Baltimore as a free agent on Friday, struck out four without walking a batter in his first appearance with the Orioles organization. The 36-year-old right-hander, who is slated to make his regular season debut on Sunday vs. Durham, allowed three singles to the Spartans.
Russ Canzler and Yamaico Navarro each had three hits for the Tides, while Jonathan Schoop and Chris Dickerson each added a single and a double.
The exhibition contest was the third in the last four seasons between the Tides and Spartans, who are a member of the MEAC conference. All proceeds from the contest benefited the Norfolk State baseball program.
After a workout Wednesday afternoon, the Tides open their 2013 regular season on Thursday night vs. the Durham Bulls. Zach Clark will take the hill for the Tides against right-hander Chris Archer, with first pitch from Harbor Park slated for 7:05.
Shorebirds Blank Seagulls 3-0
Five Delmarva Shorebirds pitchers held the Salisbury University Sea Gulls to just three hits in a 3-0 exhibition game win on Tuesday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in front of 2,096 fans.
The Shorebirds struck early in the first inning. Adrian Marin was hit by a pitch. After stealing second base, he advanced to third on a groundout by Christian Walker. Then, Nik Balog hit a hard grounder through the left side of the infield to score Marin.
Brady Wager tossed two scoreless innings to begin the game. He struck out two batters in the second to maneuver around a lead off double by Quinn Griffith, who was stranded at second.
Josh Hader entered in the third for the Shorebirds and pitched two scoreless innings. He induced four groundouts and struck out one.
In the fourth inning, the Shorebirds added to their lead. Joel Hutter hit a lead off double. Then, Torsten Boss ripped a single to right field to build the lead to 2-0. With two outs, Wynston Sawyer drilled a double to deep left field to give the Shorebirds a 3-0 lead.
Mychal Givens took the mound in the sixth inning and polished off the Sea Gulls in order. He struck out Ken O’Neill to end the frame. Matt Price finished the game with a scoreless seventh inning.
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