Tourists fall to Power

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ASHEVILLE--The Asheville Tourists starting pitcher on Thursday night, Riley Pint, lowered his season ERA to 1.90 with a solid start against the West Virginia Power. Pint however was tagged with a loss after he departed with the Tourists behind 1-0. Asheville never drew even and fell by a final score 2-1.

The run Pint allowed was an unearned run in the top of the second inning. West Virginia’s Clark Eagan reached on a two-out infield single and took second on an errant throw. Kevin Mahala then worked a long at-bat before doubling off the right field wall.

The Power made it 2-0 with a run in the top of the sixth. Carlos Munoz tripled to right and was at third base with no outs. Ty Culbreth retired the next two Power hitters but Eagan struck again. The outfielder singled home Munoz for the eventual game-winning run.

Asheville’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth. Colton Welker doubled to left and Willie Abreu drove him in with a single to center. Abreu was left stranded on the base paths and Asheville did not record another hit the rest of the game.

The Tourists put at least one runner on base in eight of their nine innings at the plate. Asheville went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out a total of 13 times in the game. Jose Gomez extended his reach base streak to 13 straight with a fifth inning single and Julian Fernandez threw two scoreless innings out of the Tourists bullpen.

The series between Asheville and West Virginia is now tied up at one game apiece. The two teams with face off for the final time in 2017 on Friday night with the winner claiming the series.

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