NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Harbor Park featured some fire power from the Norfolk Tides, a fireworks display afterward and even some fire from the Tides’ manager midway through a 3-1 Tides win over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday night.
Almost seems too perfect for an announced crowd of 11,857 in the stands.
Tides skipper Ron Johnson, in his usually enthusiastic manner, walked out to argue a strike three he felt should have been a foul tip in the fifth inning. Home plate umpire Travis Carlson let Johnson make his initial case, and when he felt Johnson had blown enough steam, gave him the heave-ho.
Johnson, just as the fans were hoping for, was not ready to leave. He made his point with all manner of hand-waving, shouting and what was sure to be some cordial adult speak. When all was said and done, Johnson stomped back to the dugout, and in what’s almost becoming a Johnson-ejection custom, tossed his ball cap into the stands.
The game itself wasn’t quite as eventful, though the Tides will happily accept. Starting pitcher Suk-Min Yoon earned his second win of the season with a strong showing. He gave up six hits, but allowed only one earned run and struck out five in seven innings of work.
Offensively, Norfolk hit base knocks in the third, fourth and sixth innings and were lead by Chris Marrero, who went 2-of-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
The same two teams will play again on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.