While the Tides have some former Major League vets, their Saturday win was because of the work the prospects did. Jake Arrieta, Blake Davis, Justin Turner, Brandon Snyder and Josh Perrault all have not played a game in the bigs. They were all central figures in this win.
Here are some notes to think about:
Six of the seven runs scored by the Tides were by Snyder, Turner and Davis (all three have no big league experience, but they were in big league camp for a while this spring). Each of them scored twice.
Blake Davis had the biggest day of all the Tides; he was on base four out of five times. He was 1-2 with a two-RBI double, two walks and was hit by a pitch in addition to the two runs he scored.
It wasn't known at the time, but Blake Davis' sixth inning two-run double proved to be the difference as he gets credit for the game-winning hit in this game. The game-winning run that scored on the double was Turner, Blake's long-time teammate.
Brandon Snyder was also on the bases four times today. He was not retired until his fourth plate appearance in the seventh. He walked twice and had two singles to continue his hot streak. The two runs he scored give him 26 in Norfolk in 48 games. He scored 24 in 58 with Bowie before the promotion.
Turner had two doubles. His second was a shot off the Monster. It wasn't a cheap Green Monster double on lazy fly ball that would be an out in other ballpakrs, it was one of those home run robbing doubles. He crushed it over the out-of-town scoreboard but could not get it over the wall.
Arrieta was credited with the win, his first since July 18. Even better for the big righty, it was his first quality start since July 2.
Finally, this was a homecoming for Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin who spent nearly a decade in the Red Sox organization before joining the Orioles organization.