ASHEVILLE, NC – The Lexington Legends made it three-in-a-row over the Tourists Monday morning with a 7-1 victory at McCormick Field. The Tourists managed only five hits throughout the game, which tied a season low. The Legends used four double plays defensively and also picked off Rafael Ortega, Asheville’s center-fielder, from first base.
Lexington used a four-run second inning to take the early lead. Tourists’ starter Albert Campos (2-3, 6.96) began the inning by hitting Legends third-baseman Mike Kvasnicka. The next four batters tallied three hits and a walk off Campos and Asheville was forced to come-from-behind once again.
Bryce Massanari led off the fourth inning with his 11th Home Run of the season, making it a 4-1 game and the Tourists had a little momentum. Unfortunately the Legends were able to score three more runs off Campos in the sixth. They were aided by a Tourists error in the inning.
Legends starter Mike Foltynewicz (2-6, 5.36) and reliever Murilo Gouvea did not allow a single Tourists base runner to reach second base. The only Asheville player who touched second base offensively was Massanari when he rounded the bag on his Home Run. Foltynewicz went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits en route to his second straight victory.
Josh Hungerman and Juan Perez came in from the bullpen for Asheville, and each pitched well. Hungerman threw two scoreless innings while Perez worked a perfect ninth.
Asheville now hits the road for eight games. The first begins at Wednesday night in Hagerstown at 6:35pm. The Suns currently have the best record in the South Atlantic League.