Henderson Cycles as Norfolk Routs Stripers
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
Norfolk shortstop Gunnar Henderson hit for the cycle in just four at-bats, leading the Tides (35-38) to an 8-2 victory over the Gwinnett Stripers (35-38) on Tuesday night at Harbor Park. Henderson went 4-for-4, scored four runs, and drove in three more during his historic night.
Decisive Plays: Henderson singled and scored on an RBI double by Kyle Stowers as the Tides took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Tucker Davidson (L, 2-4). In the third, Henderson's two-run triple off Davidson opened up a 3-0 lead. Henderson blasted a solo home run (5) off Victor Vodnik in the fourth and doubled and scored on Stowers' two-run homer (14) off Thomas Burrows in the sixth. Gwinnett's two runs came on a Delino DeShields Jr. RBI double in the fifth and Joe Dunand opposite-field solo homer (4) in the seventh.
Key Contributors: Former Atlanta Braves farmhand Bruce Zimmermann (W, 1-0) pitched 6.0 innings for the Tides, yielding one run on two hits while striking out seven. Kevin Smith (S, 1) allowed one run on one hit over the final 3.0 innings. In addition to Henderson's four-hit night, Stowers went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, and three RBIs.
Noteworthy: Henderson is the second player to hit for the cycle against Gwinnett this year, joining Louisville Bats catcher Chris Okey, who accomplished the feat on June 5 at Coolray Field. Braden Shewmake went 0-for-4, snapping his eight-game hitting streak.
Next Game (Wednesday, June 29): Gwinnett at Norfolk, 6:35 p.m. at Harbor Park. RHP Nolan Kingham (1-0, 2.88 ERA for the Stripers vs. RHP Cody Sedlock (2-1, 6.64 ERA) for the Tides. Radio Broadcast: 6:20 p.m. on MyCountry993.com.
Next Home Game (Monday, July 4): Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. Join the Stripers for Independence Day, featuring a special pregame BBQ (purchase online at GoStripers.com) and a patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza after the game. Stripers players and coaches will wear specialty Patriotic Jerseys, which will be available for purchase in an online auction at GoStripers.com.