NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – There weren’t many teams better than the Norfolk Tides in the month of July. No, not just in the international league. In fact all but one team in all of minor league baseball were better than the Tides in that span.
Once 14 games back of division-leading Durham in the IL South, and once 20 games under .500, the Tides finished July with a 20-8 mark and pulled back to within six games of the Bulls. Their 2-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday night gave them an 18-5 record in their last 23 games.
“”It’s a lot of fun, especially where we came from,” said Manager Ron Johnson before his field took the field against Buffalo on Sunday,
“We struggled a little bit the first few months of the season, and then it’s been a really nice turnaround.”
Johnson credits the turnaround to much-improved starting pitching and the new acquisitions to the team. “We’ve had promotions from below, guys that have earned the call-up, in (right fielder Dariel) Alvarez, (first baseman Christian) Walker, (pitcher Tyler) Wilson. We’ve acquired people; (third baseman) Jimmy Paredes, who has a really nice track history and is a really interesting player, and then the guys that we have here, it seems like when you get that stuff, they elevate their game as well.”