ASHEVILLE, NC – Juan Gonzalez (2-0, 2.96) pitched longer than any Tourists pitcher has all year Wednesday night. Gonzalez went 7 and 2/3 innings and retired the first 17 batters he faced. His perfect game was spoiled with two outs in the sixth inning when he hit Terrence Dayleg with an inside curveball. The very next hitter, Chad Wade, ended Gonzalez’s no-hit bid by doubling down the left field line. The Tourists held on 4-3 to give Gonzalez his second win on the campaign.,/p>
Asheville began their scoring with an RBI single from Nolan Arenado in the third, plating Eliezer Mesa. The two combined again in the fifth when Arenado drove in Mesa on a sacrifice fly, giving Asheville a 2-0 lead. In the sixth, Joe Sanders led off with a solo home run, his sixth of the season. Sanders continues to swing an incredibly hot bat; he is 11 his last 20 with five doubles and two home runs.
Asheville scored once again in the seventh. Mesa hit a one-out single, stole second, advanced to third on an errant throw, and came home when Angelys Nina grounded out. It was Mesa’s third run of the game and run number 36 the Tourists lead-off hitter has scored this year.
With the Tourists up 4-0, Gonzalez gave up a two-run homer to Tom Hickman in the eighth, the last batter Jose would face. The Tourists had runners at second and third with no outs in the eighth, but were unable to score and it almost cost them. Sheng-An Kuo allowed a solo home run in the ninth, but managed to strike out Chad Crayger to end the ballgame and earn his fourth save of the season.,/p>
Asheville will go for their seventh straight win Thursday night and eighth straight at McCormick Field. Wes Musick (4-3, 5.14) will start for the Tourists and he will be opposed by the Grasshoppers Jose Alvarez (2-1, 3.90).