The Tides, desperate for a win before leaving the friendly confines of Norfolk, rode 20-year old Yusmeiro Petit, their least experienced but most talented starter, to a 7-3 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens last night.
In contrast to his last two starts, Petit got sharper as the night wore on. After giving up a two-run homer in the first and a run on three hits in the third, Petit allowed only 2 of the next 20 Hens he faced to reach, striking out 8 over that stretch, including six in a row between the sixth and seventh. By the time the dust had settled, Petit had struck out 14 over 8 innings, allowing only 6 hits, 1 walk and 3 runs.
The Tides were patient with Hens starter Joel Zumaya (2.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 11.45 K/9, 2.33 K/BB), who issued 5 walks in the first & second innings. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Daubach singled in Pagan from second, and Lambin & Valent followed with consecutive walks. With the bases loaded and the Tides down 2-1, Rodney Nye singled to left, giving the Tides the lead, which they would not relinquish.
Pagan went 0-2 with 3 walks, Hernandez went 2-5, Redman 1-4 with a home run, Valent 1-3 with a walk, and Nye 2-4.
Dae-Sung Koo made things interesting in the ninth with the Tides up 7-3, giving up a leadoff single to Alexis Gomez, followed by a runner-advancing groundout, then a walk to Jack Hannahan. Manny Aybar relieved and induced consecutive groundouts from the next two batters to save the game.
The Tides head to Toledo tonight for the third game in this best-of-five series. Neil Musser (5.02 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 6.48 K/9, 1.71 K/BB) is next up in the rotation, but Oberkfell is likely to start 15-game winner Jason Scobie (3.34 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 5.17 K/9, 1.75 K/BB) instead.
The game tonight is at 7:00 p.m.