Norfolk was hitless through 7 innings and only managed two hits total. Columbus eliminates the Tides and moves on to the Governors Cup finals.
Andy Wilkins, on his 27th birthday, delivered a 2-run double in the ninth inning to complete a miracle comeback from a 5-2 deficit and tie the series at 2-2.
Norfolk will play Columbus tomorrow in a fifth and deciding game for a spot in the Governors Cup finals against Indianapolis.
Norfolk notched 11 hits, but only two were for extra bases. Columbus scored all its runs in the first and third innings and Columbus pitcher Will Lamb (Salem/UVA) pitched 5 dominating innings to put Norfolk on the brink of elimination.
In the resumption of Game 2, suspended last night, Tyler Wilson (Midlothian/UVA) took over the pitching and threw 5 solid innings and Henry Urrutia and Christian Walker each homered and combined to drive in 5 runs.
Norfolk salvages the split and the series will now shift to and finish up in Columbus, as it now turns into a best-of-3.
In recent years, a source of frustration on the part of Red Sox brass has been the hitting, or lack there of, of promising CF Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Prince George/Salem ’12). His defense had been stellar, but his hitting woes have really stunted him.
In 2015, he finally seems to be putting things altogether.
Bradley played in 71 games this year with Triple-A Pawtucket, hit .305, and appears to be in Fenway to stay now. While the future looks bright now for the 25-yr old native of Prince George, he earned accolades from Baseball America today.
BA named its Triple-A all-star team for 2015, and they tapped Bradley to the squad. In fact, Bradley was one of only three position players from the entire International League named to the squad.
BA names its all-star squad by level, regardless of which league. Therefore, the Triple-A all-star team combines the best of both the International League AND the Pacific Coast League.