ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville dropped their second in a row against Lexington Sunday afternoon, falling by a final score of 9-6. The Legends combined to score seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to overcome a three-run deficit and come up with the win.
Both teams scored one run in the first inning. Jiovanni Mier hit a Home Run for Lexington and Kyle Parker came through with an RBI single to score Brett Tanos. The teams traded runs again and with the score 2-2, Avery Barnes hit a two out single that brought home Chandler Laurent.
The Tourists remained ahead 3-2 and added to their lead in the fifth. Corey Dickerson, who turned 22 years old Sunday, celebrated his birthday by smashing a two run bomb over the right field wall. The Homer was Dickerson’s ninth of the season.
Asheville led 5-2, but they could not hold it as the Legends put up five runs in the seventh inning. Adam Bailey was hit by a pitch while the bases were loaded and Chris Wallace then singled in a pair. On an errant through, another run came in and Wallace made it to third. He would later score on a sacrifice fly.
Kyle Parker connected with a Home Run in the bottom of the seventh, making it just a one-run Legends lead. However, Lexington scored twice in the eighth on some shaky defense to put the game away. The Tourists did bring Parker to the plate in the ninth representing the tying run, but Bryan Streilein struck out the Tourists cleanup hitter to end the game.
Josh Mueller (1-2, 2.96) pitched well for the Tourists and received a no decision. Mueller worked five innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. Also helping his cause was that he did not walk a single batter.
The Tourists look to earn a series split against Lexington with the final game starting Monday morning at 11:05am.