LEXINGTON, KY – Kiel Roling smacked a homerun in the ninth inning but Asheville fell 7-6 on Sunday afternoon in Lexington. The Tourists (52-58, 26-15) had the potential tying run on second base in the final inning but came up short. The loss, with an idle Augusta moves Asheville 1.5 games up on the Greenjackets for first place. The homerun for Roling was his third solo homerun in as many games.
Jonathan Aristil (2-7) was the losing pitcher in 4 2/3 innings of work. Aristil allowed six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Lexington scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Asheville tied things up in the fourth with a two-run single off the bat of Ryan Peisel.
David Duncan tossed six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits in the win for Lexington. Duncan pitched around leadoff hits from Ryan Peisel and David Christensen in the sixth inning. Beau Seabury executed a sacrifice bunt moving runners to second and third. Thomas field then struck out and Scott Robinson flew out to end the inning. Asheville had opportunities but stranded nine men on base.
Tyler Trice entered to relive Aritsil and tossed 2 1/3 innings. Trice’s only mistake was a solo homerun to Steve Brown in the seventh inning. For Brown it was his second homer of the series and ended up being the winning run for Lexington.
Asheville will play on Monday night game three of the series from Lexington. The Tourists will send Alan DeRatt to the mound at 7:05. All the action can be heard online or on the Flagship station 100.7 FM WRES.