Beyond the Scoreboard: Tourists snap three-game skid with 5-1 win

The Tourists got their second win of the year, knocking off Columbia 5-1 (WLOS Staff).jpg

WLOS - When left-handed sluggers Bret Boswell and Chad Spanberger got their first look at the cozy confines of McCormick Field last week, their eyes widened and they began smiling as they pondered the possibilities of playing 70 home games in a home-run haven.

The Asheville Tourists teammates needed just two games at home to take advantage, as each homered Friday night to lead the team to a 5-1 win over Columbia.

In front of a large crowd (3,377) for a second straight night on the seven-game homestand, Asheville (2-7) also got stout pitching to snap a three-game losing streak.

Asheville played in front of a sellout crowd of 4,269 in Thursday’s home opener, a 7-5 loss to Columbia.

Starter Garrett Schilling (1-0) allowed just four hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings of work and Lucas Gilbreath pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for his second save.

Spanberger hit his second homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the fourth. Boswell added his second of the year, and his second to the opposite field, with a solo homer to left in the sixth.

The four-game series with Columbia continues with games Saturday (6:05 p.m. start) and Sunday (2:05 p.m.) before Rome, Ga., comes to town for three games Monday through Wednesday.

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