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Rain Washes Out Asheville’s Streak

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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ROME, GA – The Asheville Tourists had their five-game winning streak snapped with a 7-3 loss in a rain-shortened six inning game on Saturday. The Rome Braves put together a four-run sixth to break a 3-3 tie just before the rain came down. Luis Sumoza doubled in three runs to give the Braves the lead and win.

Dan Houston tossed 5 2/3 innings for Asheville (48-56, 22-13) in the loss. Houston (5-8) shutout Rome for the first four innings before allowing three runs (one earned) in the fifth. Houston took a 3-3 tie into the sixth inning until the Braves broke through. With two outs Chaise fuller singled to begin Rome’s assault. Houston then lost his command and walked the next three batters before being lifted for Michael Marbry. Luis Sumoza then cracked his fourth hit of the game, a double to clear the bases pushing Rome up 7-3 after six innings.

Asheville scored in the first inning with a Scott Robinson leadoff double. Robinson stole third base and came in on a Kiel Roling double. Asheville took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a one out single form Delta Cleary followed by two Rome errors.

The Braves pushed across three runs to take the lead in the fifth on consecutive RBI hits from Joel Campusano and Sumoza. The Tourists tied the game 3-3 in the top of the sixth on a Mike Zuanich double and a Ryan Peisel sacrifice fly.

Rome took over with the big bottom half of the sixth inning as the rain came to end the contest and the Tourists five game winning streak. Asheville will finish their four game series in Rome on Sunday at 2:00 with Alan DeRatt (1-2, 6.06) to make his second start of the season for Asheville. All the action can be heard on 100.7 WRES or online at www.theashevilletourists.com

Save the Date – Asheville Tourists Chili Cookoff and Fall Festival

Friday, July 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The baseball equipment may be back in storage by October, but the change of seasons will not keep the Asheville Tourists from welcoming a crowd. On Saturday, October 3, the team will host the Asheville Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off at McCormick Field, featuring more than 30 different styles of chili, live music from three bands, and affordable fun for every member of the family.

Tickets for the Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off will go on sale, Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. at the McCormick Field box office as well as ticketmaster.com. Cost for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-12, and free for youngsters age four and under.

Entry fees for the chili cook-off are $35 for individuals and $50 for restaurants. There will be three cash prizes of $300 each for the individual winner, the restaurant winner and the fans’ choice award. Vendor booths are also available for $50.

Music will be provided throughout the event, beginning with the Jamie Pelfrey Band playing country hits at noon. The Sharkadelics will take the stage at 1:45 p.m. with their popular set of classic rock hits before Mighty McFly starts playing top 40 hits from the 1980s and 1990s at 3:30 p.m. Numerous other events will also be held, including a pumpkin drawing contest and an ice cream eating contest.

“Fall is the most popular time of the year in Asheville and we’re adding to the beautiful weather and colorful leaves with an incredible fun-filled day at the ballpark,” said Mike Bauer, executive director of the Tourists and Palace Baseball. “Chili is one of the world’s great comfort foods, and we’ll have contestants offering nearly every type for even the most devoted chili connessiouers.”

The Tourists return to McCormick Field on Tuesday, August 4, for a four-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. For more information, call the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

Asheville Tourists Rides Big Inning to Victory

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists battled Delmarva Monday night at McCormick Field, and took a 4-2 advantage into the fifth inning, before plating five runs in the bottom of the fifth to fuel a 9-2 victory. After dropping game one in extra innings, The Tourists were extra motivated for Monday’s game two, and they played well on both sides of the ball. Starting pitcher Robinson Fabian earned his third win of the year in his first start since July 4th. Fabian went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out a batter.

Asheville jumped out to the early 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Scott Robinson drew a walk to lead off the game and stole second base before moving to third on a groundout. Jordan Pacheco singled him home to take the 1-0 lead.

The Shorebirds came back to tie it at 1-1 in the top of the second, as Joe Mahony picked up a one-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Kolodny walked and Jacob Julius grounded into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners with two away. L.J. Hoes tied it up with a base hit, scoring Mahoney to make it 1-1.

The Tourists jumped back ahead in the bottom of the fourth when Tyler Massey reached on an error to lead things off. Massey then stole second base and came around to score on an RBI double by Carlos Martinez. It was the third double for Martinez in his last two games, and it gave Asheville the 2-1 lead.

Delmarva tied it once more in the top of the sixth as Ron Welty led off with a double and advanced to third on a groundout before being driven in by a sacrifice fly from Mahoney to make it 2-2.

Asheville then busted out with seven unanswered runs, picking up two in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Beau Seabury and a run-scoring single from Delta Cleary.

With a 4-2 lead, the Tourists scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the seventh, sending nine batters to the plate in the frame. Jordan Pacheco and Kiel Roling drew back-to-back walks to begin the inning and Jimmy Cesario singled to load the bases. Thomas Field lined a first-pitch fastball into center field for an RBI single, giving Asheville a 5-2 lead and leaving the bases loaded. Following a pitching change, Massey delivered with a single up the middle that plated two to make it 7-2. Carlos Martinez brought Field in to score on an infield single and Massey came home on a wild pitch to make it 9-2 Tourists.

Michael Marbry and Stephen Dodson combined for three runs of shutout ball to close out the victory for Asheville.

Asheville Tourists Host Wild One

Monday, July 27th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists and Shorebirds opened a four-game series at McCormick Field in dramatic fashion Sunday, with a back-and-forth extra inning contest culminating in a 6-3 Delmarva win. Asheville owned a 2-1 lead for most of the way, but a Shorebirds run in the top of the ninth tied it at 2-2, and a three-run rally in the top of the 12th inning gave them the victory.

Asheville got on the board quickly with a run in their first turn at bat. Jimmy Cesario ripped a one-out double into right-center field and Jordan Pacheco drove him in with a base hit to right to give the Tourists a 1-0 lead.

Delmarva tied it up in the top of the second when catcher Victor Castillo drew a leadoff walk. After a fielder’s choice, Kyle Hudson stood on first with one away. A groundout advanced Hudson to second base and, with two away, Ron Welty delivered his first of three hits, plating Hudson to tie the game at 1-1.

The Tourists took the lead right back in the bottom of the frame when Cesario led off with a base hit. He then advanced from first-to-third on a couple of wild pitches and Mike Zuanich drove him in with a single to give Asheville the 2-1 advantage.

Starting pitcher Dan Houston pitched well enough to earn the win, but got stuck with the no-decision. Houston went 6.0 innings, allowing just a run on six hits with five strikeouts.

Isaiah Froneberger pitched two scoreless innings of relief and passed the game along to the closer, Adam Jorgenson, in the top of the ninth. Jorgenson gave up a leadoff single to Joe Mahoney, who promptly stole second base. After a popout and a strikeout, L.J. Hoes came up with the game on the line and lashed a base hit into left field to score Mahoney and tie the game at 2-2. Hoes was thrown out by Tyler Massey trying to stretch the single into a double, but the damage had been done.

Asheville went down quietly in the bottom of the ninth, but the game changed beginning in the top of the tenth, with several exciting plays. Working against Tyler Trice, Victor Castillo led off the top of the tenth with a base hit and was then lifted for a pinch runner, Rodolfo Cardona. Kyle Hudson got the call to sacrifice bunt, and did so successfully. Trice then walked Greg Miclat intentionally to set up a potential double play. With runners on second and third, Ron Welty hit a high fly ball to deep right field that banged high off the 36-foot-high fence. Cardona hesitated on the play, but took off when the ball dropped, trying to score from second. David Christensen played it off the wall in right field and threw a strike to the plate. The throw was high, but Jordan Pacheco leapt, caught the ball, and dived toward the plate just in time to tag Cardona for the second out. That kept the game tied, and Trice struck out Elvin Polanco to end the threat.

The Tourists had a chance to win it in their half of the tenth inning after Cesario drew a walk to lead things off. Jordan Pacheco was then hit by pitch and Mike Zuanich sacrificed the runners to second and third. With one out, Delmarva chose to walk Ryan Peisel intentionally to load the bases. David Christensen struck out for the second out of the inning and Tyler Massey grounded out to third base to end the threat and strand the bases loaded.

Trice came back out to work the top of the eleventh and struck out the first batter he faced. He then allowed a single to Tyler Kolodny but erased him from the bases with a caught stealing. With two outs, Xavier Avery drew a walk and stole second base. Hoes then stepped in and lined a single up the middle. Delmarva waved Avery around third base as Scott Robinson came up throwing in center field. The throw from Robinson was slightly high, and Jordan Pacheco stood on the plate and leapt to receive it. As Pacheco came down, Avery bowled into the backstop, stepping on home plate. Pacheco came up still grasping the ball, but home plate umpire Joel Myers called Avery safe to make it 3-2 Shorebirds. Asheville manager Joe Mikulik stormed out of the dugout and vehemently disagreed with the call, earning himself an ejection. Welty stood on second base, having advanced on the throw home, and he was also waved around third when Luis Bernardo singled up the middle. Robinson once again threw a strike toward the plate, and this time the outcome was clear, nailing Welty at the plate for the final out of the frame.

With their backs against the wall, Beau Seabury struck out to begin the bottom of the eleventh. Carlos Martinez then energized the crowd with a double to the gap in right-center field, his second double of the contest. Scott Robinson went down on strikes for the second out and, down to their final out, Jimmy Cesario chopped one to second base. Hoes fielded it but his throw was wide to first, allowing Martinez to score from second to tie the game at 3-3. After a Pacheco double, Zuanich popped out with runners on second and third to send it to the twelfth.

Kurt Yacko came on for Trice and was knocked around by the Shorebirds lineup. Hudson led off with a base hit, then Yacko walked Welty intentionally following a strikeout. With runners on first and second, Elvin Polanco brought in the go-ahead run with a base hit, plating Hudson to give his team a 4-3 lead. After a flyout by Mahoney, Delmarva rattled off three consecutive singles, including RBI’s for Kolodny and Avery to take a 6-3 lead. With two away and runners on first and second, Hoes singled to right field, and David Christensen threw home for yet another play at the plate, gunning Kolodny down at the plate for the final out.

Asheville went down in order in the bottom of the twelfth, as T.R. Keating struck out the final two batters to end the game.

The Tourists (17-12) and Shorebirds (15-14) will meet again Monday night for game two of the series, beginning at 7:05. Asheville will have RHP Robinson Fabian (2-6, 6.49) making the start, and he will face Delmarva RHP Oliver Drake (6-6, 3.70). Tickets for Monday’s game and all Tourists home games are available by contacting the Tourists box office at (828) 258-0428. You can also listen to all 140 Asheville Tourists games live on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.

Asheville Tourists Begin Homestand Tonight with ‘Seniors Appreciation’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – As the second half of the 2009 South Atlantic League season rolls on, the Tourists continue their battle for first place and the Playoffs, with eight games against Lakewood and Delmarva, July 22nd through the 29th. The homestand is highlighted with tons of great promotions, including a free baseball card set giveaway and a live wrestling event at the ballpark following Sunday’s game.

The homestand begins Wednesday, July 22nd against the Blueclaws, and all seniors receive a free General Admission ticket, compliments of Humana. Game two is a Thirsty Thursday featuring $1 drinks, compliments of Wild Wing Café, Rock 104.9 and Star 104.3.

Saturday, July 25th is a premium giveaway night at McCormick Field, and each of the first 750 fans through the gates will receive a set of uncut baseball cards.

Sunday the 26th is an Ingles Family Fun Day! Following Sunday’s game against Delmarva, we will hold our weekly post-game autograph session with the team and kids can run the bases, compliments of Ingles Markets. Once the field has been cleared, it will be transformed into a wrestling ring for a ten-round live wrestling event, presented by the Wrestlers Alliance Revolution.

Monday night is Goodwill Night at the ballpark, where three articles of new or gently used clothing can be exchanged for a General Admission ticket. Monday is alson another Capital Bank’s Mega Money Monday. The first 750 fans entering the ballpark will receive an evelope that contains cash, tickets, gift certificates, and other great prizes. If the Tourists starting pitcher throws a perfect game on a Monday everyone in attendance splits $1,000,000. Tuesday night is another Kids Eat Free game, courtesy of Papa John’s, where every child in attendance receives a slice of pizza and a drink. It is also Kraft Singles Night, when you can bring in a KRAFT Singles wrapper and exchange it for a buy one get one free General Admission ticket. The homestand concludes with another Senior night on Wednesday, the 29th, when all Seniors receive a free General Admission ticket, compliments of Humana.

Suns Burn Tourists with 24 Hits

Monday, July 20th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Hagerstown pounded out 24 hits in a 15-3 drubbing of Asheville on Sunday afternoon. The Suns put up five runs in the sixth and six more runs in the seventh for the win. Each Suns player had at least two hits and Derek Norris had three hits with two RBI and Tyler Moore finished with three hits including a homerun and five driven in. Asheville (42-50, 16-7) will finish their road trip on Monday with Dan Houston on the mound.

Alan DeRatt (1-2) was the unfortunate pitcher on the mound for the Suns five run sixth inning. After back to back bunt hits to begin the inning, Steve Lombardozzi walked on a close 3-2 itch to load the bases. Norris then hit a single to tie the game and the Suns continued to attack with five hits in the inning.

Tyler Massey delivered a two-run single in the second inning to give Asheville a 3-1 lead. Juan Nicasio was pulled with a 3-2 lead for Asheville after working four shaky innings. Nicasio allowed just one earned run on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

The Tourists are 5-2 on their eight game road trip and will finish on Monday with Dan Houston (5-6, 4.07 ERA on the mound. All the action can be heard on WRES FM 100.7 or online at www.theashevilletourists.com

Asheville Tourists Win Again

Thursday, July 16th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists and the Augusta Greenjackets completed their season series Saturday night at McCormick Field, with Asheville coming out on top by the score of 5-2. Thomas Field, still working his way back from a hamstring injury, hit his first homerun of the year in the victory, and David Christensen hit his team-leading 14th long ball for one of his two hits.

Jonnathan Aristil started for Asheville, and earned his first victory of the season with 6.0 two-run innings. Aristil allowed just 6 hits and a walk while striking out 5 batters on the way to his first win this year.

Asheville took an early lead in the bottom of the second when Christensen hit a two-out double and Field delivered his first homer of the season over the wall in right-center field to take a 2-0 lead.

The Greenjackets cut the Tourists’ lead to one run in the top of the fourth inning, when Ehire Adrianza drove Andy D’Alessio in with a base hit to make the score 2-1.

The Tourists made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on a solo homerun by Christensen. With two outs, Christensen stepped in and smashed one over the wall in left field for his 14th homerun of the season and his second extra-base hit of the ball game.

Augusta got another run back in the top of the sixth when Juan Perez and Johnny Monell hit back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2 Asheville.

The Tourists pulled away in the bottom of the sixth when, with one out, Johnny Monell dropped a foul pop off the bat of Jimmy Cesario, extending the at-bat. Cesario would single and Christensen would draw a walk. With two away, Tyler Massey ripped a double down the left field line, plating Cesario from second and putting runners on second and third. With Carlos Martinez batting, Augusta went to the bullpen and Shane Kaufman, whose first pitch was wild and allowed Christensen to score to give the Tourists a 5-2 advantage.

Kurt Yacko threw two scoreless innings of relief before the Tourists turned to Adam Jorgenson in the top of the ninth. Jorgenson struck out Wendell Fairley, got Dom Duggan to fly out, and struck out Jose Flores to end the game. It was the 17th save of the season for the Asheville closer, and his second in as many nights.

The Tourists (11-5) will get Sunday off before an eight-game road trip, beginning with four in Lake County Monday night. Asheville will send RHP Parker Frazier (5-6, 5.01) to the mound Monday night to face the Captains. You can listen to Monday’s game and all 140 Asheville Tourists games live on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.

Asheville Tourists Deliver Another Shutout

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Juan Nicasio picked up where Parker Frazier left off on Tuesday in the Asheville Tourist‘s 4-0 win over the Lake County Captains. Nicasio (4-1) struck out eight and allowed just four hits in the Tourists second shutout in as many days. Scott Robinson had four hits and Jordan Pacheco smacked his 11th homerun on the season in the win.

Asheville jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Kiel Roling single in the first inning. Roling drove in Scott Robinson with two out in the first inning. Pacheco pushed the lead to 2-0 with his homerun on the third inning and the Tourists added two more runs in the fifth to end the night for Lake County starter Trey Haley.

The story of the night was Juan Nicasio picking up his fourth win of the year. Nicasio finished with no walks and eight strikeouts, allowing just the four hits. For most of the season Asheville was stuck with the worst ERA in the league. The staff has now tossed 22 consecutive scoreless innings including consecutive shutouts of the Lake County Captains.

Asheville has won eight of their last nine and will try for four consecutive wins at 7:05 on Wednesday. All the action can be heard online or on WRES 100.7 FM.

Frazier Delivers Gem – Tourists in First Place

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – Parker Frazier turned in eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a 1-0 win on Monday from Lake County Ohio. Jordan Pacheco drove in the games only run with a single in the 7th inning to open an eight-game road trip. Frazier’s outing was the longest for an Asheville pitcher this season and the longest of his career. The win, with a Bowling Green loss places Asheville (12-5) in sole possession of first place.

Frazier (6-6) struck out three and walked none in the win. The right-hander picked up three double plays and retired the final 11 batters he faced before being removed after eight innings. Adam Jorgenson picked up his 18th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth innings. Jorgenson is now second in the SAL in saves only two behind the leader Pat Venditte.

Scott Robinson singled with two outs in the seventh, stole second base and scored on a Pacheco single for the only run of the game. Ryan Peisel singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games.

The Asheville Tourists have won seven of their last eight and will send Juan Nicasio (3-1, 1.91) to the mound on Tuesday. All the action can be heard online or on WRES 100.7 FM.

Asheville Tourists Get Best of Greenjackets

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – The Tourists and Greenjackets completed their season series Saturday night at McCormick Field, with Asheville coming out on top by the score of 5-2. Thomas Field, still working his way back from a hamstring injury, hit his first homerun of the year in the victory, and David Christensen hit his team-leading 14th long ball for one of his two hits.

Jonnathan Aristil started for Asheville, and earned his first victory of the season with 6.0 two-run innings. Aristil allowed just 6 hits and a walk while striking out 5 batters on the way to his first win this year.

Asheville took an early lead in the bottom of the second when Christensen hit a two-out double and Field delivered his first homer of the season over the wall in right-center field to take a 2-0 lead.

The Greenjackets cut the Tourists’ lead to one run in the top of the fourth inning, when Ehire Adrianza drove Andy D’Alessio in with a base hit to make the score 2-1.

The Tourists made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on a solo homerun by Christensen. With two outs, Christensen stepped in and smashed one over the wall in left field for his 14th homerun of the season and his second extra-base hit of the ball game.

Augusta got another run back in the top of the sixth when Juan Perez and Johnny Monell hit back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2 Asheville.

The Tourists pulled away in the bottom of the sixth when, with one out, Johnny Monell dropped a foul pop off the bat of Jimmy Cesario, extending the at-bat. Cesario would single and Christensen would draw a walk. With two away, Tyler Massey ripped a double down the left field line, plating Cesario from second and putting runners on second and third. With Carlos Martinez batting, Augusta went to the bullpen and Shane Kaufman, whose first pitch was wild and allowed Christensen to score to give the Tourists a 5-2 advantage.

Kurt Yacko threw two scoreless innings of relief before the Tourists turned to Adam Jorgenson in the top of the ninth. Jorgenson struck out Wendell Fairley, got Dom Duggan to fly out, and struck out Jose Flores to end the game. It was the 17th save of the season for the Asheville closer, and his second in as many nights.

The Tourists (11-5) will get Sunday off before an eight-game road trip, beginning with four in Lake County Monday night. Asheville will send RHP Parker Frazier (5-6, 5.01) to the mound Monday night to face the Captains. You can listen to Monday’s game and all 140 Asheville Tourists games live on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.