ASHEVILLE, NC – For most of Monday evening’s game against the Greenville Drive, it looked as if the Tourists were a step behind. That all changed in the eighth inning when the Tourists put up eight runs in the frame. Asheville held on in the ninth to pick up a much needed 9-7 victory.
The Tourists did score the game’s first run when Corey Dickerson doubled home Brett Tanos in the top of the first. The Drive answered right back with a run in the bottom of the first on three infield singles. Greenville scored three more in the second by sending nine men to the plate, but Tourists starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 7.92) forced Greenville to leave the bases loaded.
Drive first baseman Drew Hedman made it 5-1 Greenville with an RBI single in the fourth. Asheville continued to struggle at the plate until they came to bat in the eighth. Trailing by four, Kyle Parker led off with a single to right. Dickerson followed with a single to left and the Tourists did not stop there.
After Avery Barnes moved the runners up with a groundout, Dustin Garneau singled to left scoring both Parker and Dickerson. Joey Wong wasted no time with a bunt single up the third base line and Cristhian Adames came to the plate with runners at first and second. Adames hit a ball to left field and it cleared the green monster for a three-run blast. The Home Run was Adames’ second of the season and it put the Tourists in front 6-5.
Chandler Laurent was next and he was hit by a pitch. Laurent immediately stole second and went to third on an overthrow by Drive catcher Christian Vazquez. Tanos walked to put runners at the corners, but Bryce Massanari went down swinging for out number two.
Parker came to the plate for the second time in the inning and doubled to right-center scoring both Laurent and Tanos. Dickerson again followed with a single and Parker raced home from second capping off the eight-run inning and catapulting the Tourists in front 9-5.
Greenville went scoreless in the eighth, but did score two in the bottom of the ninth before bringing the tying run to the plate against Juan Perez. The Tourists reliever buckled down and forced Greenville’s left-fielder Brandon Jacobs to fly out to Dickerson for the final out of the game.
With the win, the Tourists snapped a three-game skid and have a chance to take the series from the Drive with a win on Tuesday night. The eight-run inning by Asheville tied a season high for the most runs scored in one inning as the Tourists put up an eight spot on May 13 in the first inning at Lexington.