This past week, one player for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, stood out from the rest. Norfolk’s catcher Steve Clevenger was dominant at the plate the entire week.
Clevenger played in six games, having Saturday off, and increased his hit streak to five games with three hits in Sunday’s game. Clevenger started the week with a 0-for-4 performance Monday night but hit in every game since then.
On Tuesday, Clevenger played his best game of the season for either Norfolk or the Orioles. Clevenger went 4-for-4 with three doubles, five RBI and scored one run himself. His performance Tuesday night helped lead Norfolk to a 7-6, comeback win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.
Clevenger continued his hot streak Wednesday night with a 2-for-4 performance that included one double and two walks, picking up one RBI. His performance Thursday was very much the same. Clevenger went 3-for-6 with yet another double, scored two runs and picked up three RBI.
On Friday, Clevenger hit another double and had two RBI, going 4-for-5. Clevenger’s performance at the plate Friday was not enough to help Norfolk get a victory, however, as the Tides’ six-game win streak ended.
With a day off Saturday, Clevenger ended the week on a high note in Sunday’s game. Clevenger went 3-for-4 with one double, scored three runs and picked up a two RBI.
Before Tuesday, Clevenger was 0-for-11 with Norfolk since he was sent down from Baltimore on May 27. He raised his batting average to .471, on-base percentage to .500 and increased his hit total to 16 in eight games, two less than what he had with Baltimore in 24 games.
Clevenger won’t forget his week, in which he picked up at least one RBI and hit at least one double in all five games during his streak.
He’ll try to extend his hit streak Monday night as the Tides begin a short two-game homestand against Durham. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.