ASHEVILLE, NC – Mike Zuanich and Kiel Roling homered once more to vault the Asheville Tourists back from a five-run deficit to an 11-8 victory to open a four game series against Greensboro on Tuesday. Zuanich hit a three run homerun to tie the game 7-7 in the fifth inning and Roling smacked the go-ahead homer in the sixth. Stephen Dodson tossed three innings of relief to earn his sixth win of the year. Adam Jorgenson pitched the ninth for his league-leading 24th save of the season.
Mike Zuanich hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 7-7 in the fifth inning. Kiel Roling then delivered his 18th homerun of the season to give the Tourists an 8-7 lead. Asheville has now hit 17 homeruns in their past nine ballgames.
Greensboro scored six runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead. Ryan Keedy and Thomas Hickman each had homeruns in the frame to make it a short night for Asheville’s starter Jonathan Aristil.
Aristil was removed following the third inning for Stephen Dodson out of the bullpen. Dodson (6-0) tossed three innings and allowed just one run to earn the win. Rex Brother hurled two innings and allowed a solo homerun to Thomas Hickman – his second homer of the game. Adam Jorgenson entered the ninth with a three-run lead and picked up his 24th save of the season in the 11-9 win.
Scott Robinson had three extra-base hits and scored three times while Patrick Rose had a multi-hit contest as well. The Tourists collected 19 hits on Tuesday after being shutout 3-0 on Monday. The win keeps Asheville at least 2.5 games up in first place with 13 remaining on the schedule.
Game two of the series vs. Greensboro will be Wednesday at 7:05. Alan DeRatt (2-5, 5.21) will go against LHP Brad Hand for Greensboro. Tickets are available by contacting the front office at 828-258-0428.