NORFOLK (WAVY) – Malcolm Brogdon may be known for the superb defense he showed over five years at the University of Virginia, but maybe not for his pitching ability.
Brogdon, the ACC’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year last season, threw out the first pitch at Sunday evening’s Norfolk Tides game at Harbor Park. The Tides were not coincidentally celebrating “UVA Night,” and just for the occasion, Brogdon was able to throw to former UVA and now Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson.
Brogdon said he’d never thrown out a first pitch before, and he was just trying not to throw it in the dirt. Mission accomplished. His throw forced Wilson to come out of his stance and snag it upstairs. “A little high,” said Brogdon, who was taken with the 36th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in this Summer’s NBA draft.
“I Could’ve got it in the box a little more, could’ve put a little more speed on it, but I’d heard a lot of guys before me had thrown it at the ground. Had to make sure I kept it in the air.”
As far as the guys wearing the Tides uniform, Norfolk came back to tie things in the ninth, thanks to an RBI-double from Christian Walker and a Michael Almanzar sacrifice fly to bring home Xavier Avery from third. That’s all the home team would get.
Corban Joseph struck out swinging for the second out, while L.J. Hoes grounded out, leaving the winning run Walker stranded at third.
Jeff Hager sent his first home run of the season out to left center for the Bulls, who went on for the 5-4 win in 10 innings.