ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists entered play on Sunday afternoon’s series finale hoping to take three out of four, but could not solve the Kannapolis pitching staff, losing 7-2. Asheville managed nine hits but plated just two runs, after being held to just one run on ten hits in game three Saturday. Colorado Rockies’ supplemental first round draft pick in 2009, Rex Brothers, made his debut for Asheville pitching a scoreless inning in relief. Thomas Field snapped out of a slump, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, reaching base in each of his four plate appearances.
Asheville had the lead early on, scoring a run in the bottom of the third inning on a Mike Zuanich sacrifice fly. The flyout gave the Tourists a 1-0 lead, and it was the sixth RBI in the four-game series for Zuanich.
Kannapolis answered back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Asheville starter Alan DeRatt pitched around a few hits early on, but didn’t have his best stuff, allowing three consecutive hits in the fourth before being chased from the game. Stephen Dodson came on in relief and allowed two inherited runners to score before retiring the side with the Intimidators ahead, 3-1.
David Christensen delivered his second homerun of the series in the bottom of the inning, bringing Asheville to within 3-2. It was the team-leading 16th homerun of the season for Christensen, and one of his longest of the year.
Stephen Dodson held Kannapolis scoreless until the seventh, when the Tourists turned to Kurt Yacko out of the bullpen. Yacko struggled, allowing four runs on five hits before getting out of the inning with Asheville trailing 7-2.
Brothers made his debut in the top of the eighth, getting a groundout and a strikeout before allowing a bloop single into left field. Brothers then got catcher Luis Sierra to ground out to second base to end the frame.
Asheville manufactured a great opportunity to get back in the game during the bottom of the eighth against Kannapolis reliever Kevin Asselin. Asselin hit the first two batters of the inning, Beau Seabury and Thomas Field, to get things started. Tyler Massey then smacked a base hit into left-center to load the bases with no outs. The Intimidators brought in closer Dan Remenowsky, who changed the game for Kannapolis. He struck out the side; Delta Cleary, Jr., Keil Roling, and Mike Zuanich, to leave Asheville scoreless.
Remenowsky worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn the save and give his club a split of this four-game series.
The Tourists (30-17) will travel to West Virginia Monday to take on the Power (27-18) for a four-game series before heading to Hickory for four more. Asheville will have RHP Parker Frazier (10-7, 4.44) on the mound for game one in West Virginia. You can listen to all 140 Tourists games live on the radio at 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.