The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp scored twice off DL Hall in the eighth inning Saturday night to beat the Norfolk Tides 3-1 before 5,715 at 121 Financial Ballpark in Florida.
The Tides only managed two hits all night, including Brett Phillips’ fifth-inning home run.
Hall, one of Baltimore’s top pitching prospects, is trying to make the transition from starter to reliever perhaps to help the Orioles in their chase for a wild-card playoff berth. He came in from the bullpen to get the last out of the seventh inning but ran into trouble in the eighth.
Avisail Garcia, on a rehabilitation assignment from the Miami Marlins, drew a walk and went to second on Bryan De La Cruz’s groundout. Jesus Sanchez then doubled to left to bring home Garcia with the go-ahead run, and two wild pitches allowed Sanchez to score.
Norfolk’s Drew Rom, in his second start since being promoted from Double-A Bowie, held the Shrimp (65-57) to a run and four hits in five innings, striking out four and walking two. Reliever Ryan Watson pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Hall (3-7) took the mound.
Jacksonville starter Jeff Lindgren gave up both Norfolk hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one. Josh Simpson pitched two innings for the win, striking out four, and Eli Villalobos walked two Tides but stranded them in the ninth for a save. Phillips struck out on a foul tip to end the game.
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The teams will wrap up the series with a game at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, and the Tides (55-66) then will return to Harbor Park to face Lehigh Valley in a series beginning Tuesday night.
Jacksonville 3, Norfolk 1
Norfolk 000 010 000 – 1 2 0
Jacksonville 000 100 02x – 3 6 0
W-Simpson (1-0). L-Hall (3-7). S-Villalobos (1).
2B-Jacksonville, Astudillo (10), Sanchez (3).
HR-Norfolk, Phillips (1). LOB-Norfolk 5, Jacksonville 6. CS-Norfolk, Nottingham (2). Picked off-Norfolk, Nottingham (first base by Lindgren). PB-Norfolk, Nottingham. DP-Norfolk 1. WP-Norfolk, Norfolk, Rom 2, Hall 2; Jacksonville, Villalobos. HBP-Astudillo (by Watson). T-2:29. A-5,715.