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Tourists Fall Late on Education Day

The Tourists played host to the Lexington Legends in the last game of a four-game set on Monday, in a rare 11:05 start. With 3,000 children in attendance from neighborhood schools, the two teams played to a 2-2 tie through seven innings. It was all Legends late though as they piled up an additional nine runs in the eighth and ninth innings, to finish off the Tourists 11-2 and take the series three games to one.

Both teams pushed a run across in the second and the third innings. Legends center fielder Brandon Downes singled and advanced to second on a ground ball. He attempted to steal third and Tourists catcher Dom Nunez threw wide and the ball ended up in left allowing Downes to score. The Tourists answered in the home half of the second with three straight singles with two outs from Nunez, Kevin Padlo and Luis Jean, with Jean’s being an RBO single.

Lexington would break the 1-1 tie with one out in the third, when first baseman Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo shot to right.  It wouldn’t take long for Asheville to respond. In the bottom of the third Wes Rogers led off with a double to left. After getting to third on a sacrifice bunt by Wander Franco, the hot-hitting Drew Weeks drove him home with a single to center.  Weeks has come on as of late hitting the ball hard and recording hits in eight of his last 10 games.

Both teams would get runners into scoring position, but neither could get the job done to break the tie.  Lexington had more chances but would go 4-for-15 and leave eight stranded.  The Tourists would leave seven on base throughout the contest and would go 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Legends right fielder Elier Hernandez began the eighth inning with a solo home run that hit the top of the foul pole breaking the 2-2 tie.  They would push two additional runs across in the inning, and six more more in the ninth. The run barrage was highlighted by Lexington’s catcher Luis Villegas‘s two-run home run and aided by some fielding miscues by the Tourists.

Both starting pitchers, Niklas Stephenson (Legends) and Helmis Rodriguez (Tourists) pitched well going six innings and kept their team in the game, and neither would record a decision.

Next up for the Tourists, after an off day, they embark on a seven-game road trip beginning in Delmarva for three against the Shorebirds and will wrap up the trip with four games in Lakewood, New Jersey versus the Blueclaws.

John is a contributor for Legends on Deck. A Red Sox fan and Minor league enthusiast, he's usually writing about minor league baseball on his own blog - Notes from the Sally. John also loves Bruins hockey and Syracuse basketball. John is married with two grown daughters and lives in Asheville, NC. you can find John on Twitter @SALNotes

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