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Asheville Tourists Blue Collar Night Monday July 25th

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come on out and relax with the Asheville Tourists on Monday, July 25th at 7:05 PM for Blue Collar Night sponsored by MSC Industrial Company.

Tickets are discounted for all blue collar workers. Clubhouse suite seats are only $25, box seats $6 and general admission for only $4. For more information, call Danielle Hanula at 828-258-0428 ext 207.

Asheville Tourists Celebrate July 4th

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Tourists announce Independence Day celebrations, July 4-10.

July 4th at 7 pm, the Asheville Tourists play against Greenville Drive.  Fireworks and festivities on July 4th and July 5th at 7, gates opening at 5pm.

July 6th will bring yet another day of Independence Day celebrations by the Asheville Tourists, with the game sponsored by Goodwill.  Those who bring in 3 articles of (slightly) used clothing will receive a free ticket to the game, and Seniors 65+ will receive free tickets.

July 7th is Thirsty Thursday in Asheville at the Tourists stadium, with half priced drinks.

July 8th is a Asheville Tourists’ family night with $1 hot dogs!

July 9th, festivities at the Tourist stadium begin at 6pm, and July 10th even earlier, the Tourists play at 2pm, with a family day of kids running bases, and autograph signings after the game.

For more information, see www.theashevilletourists.com

Tourists Fall 6-0 then Win 8-7 in Extras

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On June 19th the Asheville Tourists finished up the first half of their season. The Tourists concluded their game from the previous night, and played the regular scheduled game to cap off the double-header. The Tourists were behind 6-0 in the first game when play resumed Sunday afternoon, and that is where the score remained the rest of the way. In game two, the Tourists used heart and resilience to come away with an 8-7 win in extras.

In the series finale, the Augusta GreenJackets jumped out in front of the Tourists 3-0, but Asheville snapped a 16.2 consecutive inning scoreless streak when Chandler Laurent hit a hanging breaking ball out of the park for a two-run homer. The Tourists added one more tying the game 3-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth.

The GreenJackets answered the Tourists rally by kicking their lead back to 6-3 with a three-run frame. However, Asheville would not surrender and Brett Tanos delivered in the sixth. Tanos came to the plate with two runners on and drove the ball over the left field wall for his first Home Run of the season. The three-run shot tied the score 6-6 and the Tourists had the momentum.

In the bottom of the sixth, the GreenJackets picked up a two-out single to score one and sent the Tourists to the brink. Asheville needed one run in the seventh to keep the game alive, and they received it when Bryce Massanari hit an RBI single to tie the score.

Asheville held strong in the bottom of the seventh and took the lead in the eighth on a Mark Tracy sacrifice fly. Josh Mueller worked the bottom of the eighth and earned the save in a contest that was only scheduled for seven innings.

In the previous game that was concluded prior to the 8-7 Tourists win; Augusta made it seven straight losses for the Toursists. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead off Asheville’s starter Juan Gonzalez on Saturday night. The rains came and the game was suspended until Sunday where both teams went scoreless the rest of the way. Erik Stavert for Asheville worked four scoreless innings in his first relief appearance of the year.

With the first half in the books, the Tourists along with the rest of the South Atlantic League will have their record reset at 0-0. Asheville needs to finish in first place in the Southern division in the second half in order to clinch a playoff berth this season. The Tourists will open the second half on Thursday, June 23 at McCormick Field as they play host to the Rome Braves.

GreenJackets Hammer the Tourists 15-5

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists dropped their sixth game in a row Friday night, falling 15-5 to the Augusta GreenJackets. The Tourists fell way behind early and did not have enough offensively to climb out of the early hole.

Augusta scored once in the first inning and added eight more in the second. The GreenJackets sent 12 men to the plate in the second inning and the eight runs scored was the most an opponent has plated in one inning against the Tourists all season.

Tourists starting pitcher Tyler Matzek (0-2, 14.00) only last 1.1 innings while being charged for eight runs. Matzek walked a season high six batters. Josh Hungerman came on in relief and pitched 4.1 innings, but was tagged for four runs even though two runs came home to score after Hungerman left the game with runners on base.

Asheville’s best inning offensively came in the third. Cristhian Adames hit a two-run double and later came home on Kyle Parker’s single to center. Avery Barnes finished the game 2-for-3 and contributed on the last two Tourists runs. Barnes tripled home Russell Wilson in the fourth and hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth that brought home Mark Tracy.

The Tourists cut the GreenJackets lead to 10-5 but Augusta plated a pair in the bottom of the sixth and added three more in the eighth. Even though the Tourists were level with the GreenJackets in hits, Augusta drew 11 walks in the game and scored nine of the runners who reached via the base on balls. The 11 walks issued by the Tourists was also a season high for Asheville’s pitching staff.

Justin Schumer (3-2, 5.83) took the victory for Augusta going five innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. Schumer, who played at UNC-Asheville last season, really shined in the first inning. After allowing a lead-off triple to Adames, he struck out Joey Wong, Bryce Massanari, and Kyle Parker in succession to set the tone for Augusta.

Adames finished the game 3-for-5 for the Tourists and came up just a Home Run shy of the cycle. Asheville and Augusta are back in action Saturday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

Tourists Drop Fourth in a Row, 2-1 to Crawdads

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – In a pitcher’s duel at McCormick Field Tuesday night, the Hickory Crawdads out-dueled the Asheville Tourists to win their third straight over Asheville 2-1. The Tourists have lost their last four ballgames after winning eight of their previous 11.

Edwar Cabrera (4-2, 3.14) pitched eight strong innings for the Tourists, but came away with a tough luck loss. Cabrera’s only other loss this season came on opening day; when the Tourists lost to the Crawdads in Hickory.

Ramon Mendez (6-1, 3.62), who started opening day for Hickory, earned the victory going seven innings and allowing just one run. Joe Van Meter worked the final two innings and picked up the save.

Hickory’s Christian Villanueva led off the second inning with a solo home run, his second in as many days, and provided Hickory with a 1-0 lead. Crawdads first-baseman Andrew Clark followed the Home Run with a double and came home to score later in the inning on an RBI single by Alejandro Selen.

Trailing 2-0, the Tourists answered in the bottom of the second. Corey Dickerson doubled to shallow center and Helder Velazquez followed with a double off the scoreboard in right-center plating Dickerson. The double by Velazquez cut the Crawdads lead in half at 2-1.

The score remained the same the rest of the way as Cabrera and Mendez continued to work scoreless innings one after the other. Asheville stranded two runners in scoring position in the third, and left a runner at third base in the seventh but did not threaten otherwise.

The Tourists and the Crawdads are scheduled to play the series finally Wednesday night at 7:05pm in Asheville. Wednesday night’s game is the final home contest for the Tourists in the first half of the schedule. Asheville will return home after the All-Star break with fresh record at 0-0.

Sand Gnats Blank Tourists to Win Series Finale 2-0

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Tuesday morning, the Savannah Sand Gnats bounced back to hand the Tourists a 2-0 defeat at McCormick Field. Less than 24 hours after walking 12 Tourist hitters in one game, Savannah issued only one free pass and scattered seven hits. The Tourists had not been shut out all season prior to the defeat.

Josh Hungerman (1-3, 5.31) started for Asheville and pitched well in his four innings of work. His only blemish was a solo Home Run that Albert Cordero hit in the top of the fourth inning. Josh Mueller worked the next three innings and did not allow a run. After Bruce Kern threw a scoreless inning, Juan Perez allowed one run in the ninth when Corey Dickerson and Joey Wong let a ball drop between them with two outs.

Savannah sent Yohan Almonte to the mound and he along with Ryan Fraser (3-4, 3.25) held the Tourists scoreless throughout. Josh Edgin came in to retire the final batter of the game and was awarded his 12th save of the season.

Savannah won two of the three games in the series, but the Asheville Tourists finished their home-stand with a 4-3 record. The Sand Gnats now lead the Tourists by 4.5 games in the South Atlantic League’s Southern division with 11 games remaining before the All-Star Break.

Tourists Winning Streak Snapped with 8-5 Loss to Sand Gnats

Monday, June 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists welcomed the first place Savannah Sand Gnats to McCormick Field Sunday afternoon for game one of a three game set. The Sand Gnats jumped out to an early lead and then rallied in the late innings to come away with an 8-5 win over the Tourists.

Savannah started off on the right foot when Rafael Fernandez crushed a two-run Home Run in the top of the first inning off Asheville’s starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 7.54). The Sand Gnats added one more in the second inning when Blake Forsythe doubled to lead off the frame and came home to score on an errant throw by Brett Tanos. The Tourists third baseman was trying to throw out Joe Bonfe who reached on a bunt single.

After Fernandez singled home Darrell Ceciliani in the fifth and put the Sand Gnats in front 4-0, the Tourists found their rhythm at the plate. Rafael Ortega doubled with two outs and Tanos followed with a triple. Bryce Massanari made it three hits in a row by singling home Tanos and the Sand Gnats lead was trimmed in half.

Asheville took their first lead in the sixth inning by tallying three runs on two long balls. Chandler Laurent hit a solo shot with one out off Greg Peavey (5-2, 3.27), who retired only three Tourists hitters the third time through the line-up. Trailing 4-3, Tyler Massy was hit by a pitch and Russell Wilson followed with a monstrous two-run blast to left-center giving Asheville a 5-4 advantage.

The Sand Gnats drew even with an unearned run in the seventh inning. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled home Robbie Shields with two outs to tie the score 5-5. The Tourists look destined to blow the game open in the bottom of the seventh, when Savannah Reliever Angel Cuan relieved Peavey and could not find the strike zone. Cuan walked Tanos and Massanari to lead off the inning. He fell behind Kyle Parker 3-0, but battled back to retire Parker and then induce an inning ending double play.

Riding that momentum, the Sand Gnats scored three in the top of the eighth. Albert Cordero walked with one out and scored from first on a double from Wilfredo Tovar. The next batter, Ciciliani, smashed a Home Run over the scoreboard in right field to put the Sand Gnats back in front for good 8-5.

Asheville rallied in the eighth, loading the bases on three straight singles off Cuan with one out, but Savannah went to Josh Edgin to limit the damage. Edgin worked out of the jam without allowing any runs and then struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

The Tourists and the Sand Gnats play game two of the series Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

What’s Happening in Tourists’ Town June 1st – June 7th

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Tourists return to McCormick Field on Wednesday, June 1st as they take on the Augusta GreenJackets and will end the seven game series against the Savannah Sand Gnats. This home stand includes our first fireworks night of the season as well as a cap giveaway night.

Wednesday, June 1st is Senior Appreciation Night compliments of Humana. All Seniors ages 65 years and older will receive complimentary General Admission tickets on behalf of Humana.

Wild Wing Café, Rock 104.9 and Star 104.3 FM present Thirsty Thursday on June 2nd. Enjoy special discount prices on select beers and Pepsi products. Also, be sure to check out the on-field activities including, wild wing eating contest and the pedal cart race.

Friday is our first Fireworks night of the 2011 season. Come out and enjoy an electrifying fireworks display sponsored by Asheville Saving Bank. Also, come out and support the Cancer Centers of North Carolina-Asheville. They are one of our special sponsors this season.

June 4th is Cap Giveaway Night. The first 1,000 fans will receive a 2011 Asheville Tourists ball cap with our new logo sponsored by Asheville Orthopaedic Associates. Reminder, every Saturday first pitch is at 6:05PM; be sure to come on out and support your Tourists!

Sunday, June 5th the Tourists swat the Savannah Sand Gnats. Join us for post-game autograph sessions and Kids Run the bases following each Sunday Tourists’ Home game compliments of Ingles. This Sunday, first pitch is at 4:05 PM, don’t miss it!

Monday, June 6th all children ages 12 years and younger receive a complimentary slice of pizza and small pepsi product on behalf of Acropolis Pizza. Bring your children out to the ball park for Kids Eat Free Night!

Tuesday, June 7th is High Touch High Tech Education Day. It is a special 11:05 AM game. When you purchase a Kraft Singles product, bring your package wrapper to an Asheville Tourists game for a steal of a deal. Also on Tuesdays, when you show your BI-LO bonus card at the Tourists ticket office you will receive a buy one get one free general admission ticket offer to select Tuesday Asheville home games! < p>

The Tourists have a new look and are playing great baseball. Plan on coming out and supporting the team! Following June 7th, the Tourists return to McCormick Field on Sunday, June 12th at 4:05 PM. To stay up to date on all the upcoming events and future promotions, please visit our website at www.theashevilletourists.com! We will see you at the ballpark and go Tourists!

Eight in the 8th the Difference in Tourists Win

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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.

Asheville Tourists Begin Road Trip with 4-1 Victory

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC -The Tourists put one in the win column Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns. Asheville used four pitchers to hold the dangerous Suns to only one run on seven hits.

In the first inning, Kyle Parker singled to center with Rafael Ortega at second base. Ortega went flying around third towards the plate as Suns center-fielder Bryce Harper came up with the ball. Harper’s throw was perfect, but Ortega’s speed combined with an excellent head first slide gave Asheville an early 1-0 lead.

The Tourists made it 2-0 in the second when Chandler Laurent doubled to begin the inning and advanced to third on a fielding error by Michael Taylor. Joey Wong hit a fly ball to Harper in center and Laurent tagged up on the play and came in to score.

The Suns loaded the bases with no outs in both the first and third innings against Tourists starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 8.39). However, Slaats buckled down in both innings and limited Hagerstown to nothing in the first and just one run in the third.

Asheville put men at the corners in the fourth and Wong slapped a single into left that scored Laurent. Leading 3-1, Tourists catcher Bryce Massanari led off the fifth inning with a monstrous Home Run over the center-field wall. The bomb was Massanari’s 12th of the season and was one of the longest balls hit a Municipal Stadium all year.

Slaats left the game after five innings and turned things over to the bullpen. Asheville’s relievers were up to the challenge and held Hagerstown scoreless the rest of the way. Brad McAtee worked two innings before turning it over to Bruce Kern in the eighth. Kern induced an inning ending double play and gave Juan Perez the ball for the ninth. Perez worked a perfect inning and earned his ninth save of the year.

Offensively for Asheville, Wong finished 3-for-3 with 2 RBI’s and Russell Wilson contributed with a two-hit game. The Tourists and Suns play game two Thursday night beginning at 6:35pm.