ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists completed the longest game in the SAL this season in 16 innings with a 3-2 win thanks in part to Patrick Rose. The seldom used second baseman was in the midst of every key scoring play including plating the winning run in the 16th inning. The Tourists bullpen combination of Isaiah Froneberger, Stephen Dodson and Tyler Trice hurled eight scoreless innings in the win, backing up a strong start form Dan Houston. The victory ends the Tourists three game skid and keeps Asheville at least 3.5 games up in first place with eight more to play.
With the game tied at 2-2 since the seventh inning Rose scored the winning run on a Delta Cleary double. Rose walked to begin the frame, stole second base and scored on Cleary’s second double of the afternoon. Adam Jorgenson entered in the bottom of the inning and struck out the final two batters to earn his league-leading 26th save on the year.
The Tourists were held hitless through the first five innings off Hot Rods start Chris Andujar until Patrick Rose broke through with a bunt single. Rose broke up the no-hitter and scored the games first run on Jordan Pacheco’s single in the sixth inning. Andujar tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts.
Bowling Green took a 2-1 lead with two runs off Dan Houston in the sixth inning. Jason Corder squeaked an infield single to score Jake Jeffries and Isaias Velasquez. With two outs and two runners on Asheville intentionally walked Mike Sheridan to load the bases. Corder then came through with the infield to score the only runs off Houston.
Houston left with a no decision after seven innings of work .Houston stuck out four, walked six and allowed just two runs on five hits. Houston has now allowed just two or fewer earned runs in 15 of his 25 starts this season. Isaiah Froneberger entered the game in the eighth inning and tossed two scoreless innings to send the contest into extra innings.
Patrick Rose contributed once more in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at two runs apiece. Mike Zuanich was hit by a pitch and moved to third base on a two out Tyler Massey single. Rose then yanked a pitch into right field to tie up the game.
Dodson, Froneberger, and Tyler Trice and Jorgenson combined for the final nine innings of relief. The quartet allowed a sparse three hits with Trice (5-5) picking up the win.
Diego Echeverria tossed his knuckleball for four scoreless innings. Diego Echeverria (3-2) took the loss despite allowing one run in six innings pitched. The knuckleballer danced around trouble and five walks to keep Bowling Green going.
The Tourists had a scoring opportunity end with a triple play in the first inning. Delta Cleary began the game by reaching on an error and David Christensen followed with a walk off Chris Andujar. With the runners in motion, Jordan Pacheco lined a 3-2 pitch to the right fielder who then tossed to first baseman Mike Sheridan to double off Christensen. Sheridan then ran the ball to second base to complete the triple play.
Asheville will play the final game of the three game series in Bowling Green on Monday at Noon. Jonathan Aristil (3-8, 5.36) will face off against Shane Dyer (1-9, 5.56) for the Hot Rods. The Tourists will return home on Tuesday for the final homestand of the season. Tickets are available by contacting the front office at 828.258.0428.