Sunday, August 8, 2004

AAA: Bats, Tides split twin bill

By The Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk scored two runs in the third inning and two in the fifth to defeat Louisville 4-2 in first game of an International League doubleheader.

In Saturday's second game, Louisville clinched its 3-1 victory with two RBI fly-outs by Dane Sardinha and Jim Chamblee in the fourth.

The Tides built a two-run lead in game one on a run scored by Jae Seo on a wild pitch by Matt Belisle and another when Victor Diaz flied out to left field to score Esix Snead. In the fifth, Rodney Nye advanced to third on an error by Bats third baseman Jim Chamblee, and Angel Pagan and Snead scored.

The Bats scored two runs in the seventh as Chamblee tripled to center field to drive in Austin Kearns and Stephen Smitherman.

Blake McGinley (1-0) allowed no runs or hits and struck out three in two innings for the win.

Matt Belisle (7-9) took the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs in six innings.

In the second game, Louisville scored its first run when Aaron Holbert scored on an error by centerfielder Snead. That followed an error by catcher Tom Wilson that allowed Holbert to steal second and advance to third.

Norfolk scored its lone run in the fifth a double by Nye, which drove in Danny Garcia.

Brian Rose (1-0) pitched six innings for the win, striking out seven and allowing three hits and one run. Todd Coffey struck out two in the final inning for the save.

Neal Musser (2-2) struck out seven and allowed three hits and three runs in five innings for the Tides.

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