The Norfolk Tides (21-22) began a 12-game season at home with a 10-1 win over the Gwinnett Stripers (21-22) on a cold, rainy night Tuesday night at Harbor Park. The game was called off due to rain, and the Tides batted out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
DJ Stewart put Norfolk up front, blasting a gigantic three-run home run off the video card into right field to make it 3-0 Tides.
Dean Kremer was excellent in his second Major League rehab appearance, his first with the Tides, throwing 3.0 frames scoreless, walking a single batter and striking out six.
The Tides opened the game wide with a seven-point fifth. The first four batters reached safely, earning Shed Long Jr. his first RBI of the season with a base-laden walk. Rylan Bannon followed by clearing the bases with a three-run double and Kyle Stowers then smashed his team-leading 10th homer of the season to cap the inning.
Nick Vespi had a shutout fourth inning, striking out two, and didn’t allow an earned run in his first 13 games, going 15.1 innings.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow night in Game 2 of this six-game series. LHP DL Hall (0-0, 6.52) is expected to take the mound for the tides and RHP Huascar Ynoa (1-2, 6.04) is set to start for the Stripers, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.