Jenrry Mejia shutout the Tides through four innings, but it all fell apart on him in the fifth after he was charged with an error when he couldn't field a comebacker. The big blow came on a Lew Ford three-run homer in the frame. His line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 10 gb outs/2 fb outs. It sounded like he stayed most fastball/curveball through the first few innings. He did break out a nice changeup on a 2-1 count in either the fourth or the fifth.
Pedro Beato struck out three of the six hitters he faced in two perfect frames.
The Norfolk lineup was kind of amazing, for its big league presence. In addition to starting Jamie Moyer, Brian Roberts played second, Lew Ford DHed, Miguel Tejada was the SS, Bill Hall played 3B, Nate McLouth patrolled centerfield. If you're keeping score at home, there is an MLB MVP award in that lineup, nine MLB All-Star games, 51 years of MLB service and 22,777 MLB plate appearances. Are many of those players well past their expiration date? Absolutely, but don't tell me AAA is the same as AA.
Darin Gorksi finished a career-high eight innings as the B-Mets offense blasted away behind him: 8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 HR. Gorski suffered through a rough April (7.58 ERA, 19 IP, 5 HR, 10 BB, 18 K) but has bounced back a bit in June with one solid start and one very good one.
SS Josh Rodriguez led the way offensively with five hits.
In the leadoff spot, 2B Reese Havens was 2-for-6 with a homer and two strikeouts.
And we finish this segment with the red-hot Matt den Dekker who was 2-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base to lift his season line to .338/.395/.560 with 62 strikeouts in 57 games. He's hit safely in seven-straight games and leads the Eastern League in OPS (.955).