ASHEVILLE, NC – The Rome Braves stunned the Asheville Tourists with two separate come from behind victories Wednesday night, sweeping the double header at McCormick Field. The Braves won the first game 8-7 and took game two by a final of 5-2.
In game one, The Tourists fell behind 3-1 early, but rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Joey Wong and Helder Velazquez each hit RBI singles and Kyle Parker connected with a two-run double in the frame. Asheville added one more in the fifth on Corey Dickerson’s seventh Home Run of the season.
The Braves made it a 6-4 game with one run in the sixth, but Velazquez kicked it right back out to a three run lead with a lead-off blast in the bottom of the inning.
Leading 7-4, the Tourists only needed three outs to take the win. Unfortunately it was not to be as Rome rallied to score four runs in the top of the seventh. The Tourists were able to retire the first batter of the inning, but then four straight hits tied the game and a two-out single aided by an error allowed the go-ahead run to score.
In game two, Asheville fell behind early 1-0, but Mark Tracy singled in Bryce Massanari and Chandler Laurent to put the Tourists out in front 2-1. The game remained tied 2-1 until the sixth inning when some shaky defense hurt the Tourists again. With runners at first and second with two outs, David Rohm hit a grounder to Velazquez that could have been a double play. The ball bounced passed Velazquez and the tying run came into score.
After a walk to the number nine hitter, Matt Lipka hit a bases clearing double to give Rome a 5-2 lead. The Braves would hang on in the last two innings to hold on for another win. Lipka finished the two games with a total of four doubles. Prior to game one, Lipka had no extra base hits all year in 151 at-bats.
This marks the second time this season that the Braves have swept a double header from the Tourists.