ASHEVILLE, NC – On a cold and rainy morning in Lexington, the Tourists and the Legends played two seven-inning games in front of a loud, education day crowd. The Legends took game one 2-1, but the Tourists came back to win the second game, 1-0.
The wind was blowing in the entire day and that made it difficult for the hitters to drive the ball deep. Both pitching staffs took advantage of the conditions. Josh Mueller (1-2, 2.82) started game one for Asheville and had another fine outing.
Mueller went five innings and gave up two runs; only one of which was earned. Unfortunately, the Tourists bats were silenced by Juan Minaya (1-3, 5.94). Minaya struck out ten Tourists in five innings, and he allowed only one run on two hits.
In game two, Edwar Cabrera (3-1, 4.14) threw six scoreless innings en route to his third win of the year. Cabrera was dominant aside from walking a season high six batters, but he was able to pitch out of trouble mainly by recording strike-outs at key moments in the game.
Neither team could score until the top of the seventh inning when Asheville pushed across the games’ only run. Avery Barnes led off with a single and then took second on a wild pitch. With one out, Joey Wong singled back up the middle and Barnes came racing home from second. Bruce Kern picked up his second save of the series by pitching a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
In the double header, Asheville connected with only nine hits and struck out a total of 22 times. Add that to the 33 strike-outs by Lexington pitchers in the first two games of the series, and the Tourists went down on strikes 55 times in the four-game series. Asheville did hit six Home Runs in the series to just one from Lexington.
With the split of the double header, the Tourists held onto their spot atop the South Atlantic League’s Southern division.