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.