Tourists Looking For Two; End Up With SplitMay 2, 2012 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Asheville Tourists
In the first game, the visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the T's stormed back to score the next six runs. Ben Alsup (4-0, 3.98) worked six innings for Asheville en route to his fourth win of the season. Nelson Gonzalez made things interesting in the ninth, as the Power loaded the bases; but Asheville's closer finished off the game by striking out Willy Garcia.
Offensively for Asheville, Tyler Massey finished 3-for-3 with a double and Trevor Story went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Delta Cleary Jr. and Jose Rivera each contributed two hits while Rivera tallied a season high 3 RBI's. Garcia did club a two-run Home Run for the Power.
Sam Mende had to leave the game in the first inning with an injury. Mende was in the box when he checked his swing and felt something wrong. There is no timetable to when Asheville's three-hole hitter will return.
In Game Two, the teams exchanged leads early on. Alen Hansen scored on Jose Osuna's groundout in the first but Asheville answered when Jordan Ribera doubled home a pair in the bottom of the first.
West Virginia recaptured the lead 3-2 in the top of the second. Jonathan Schwind singled home Junior Sosa to tie the game and Kirk Singer scored on a wild pitch. The Power tacked on another in the fourth. Chris Lashmet came through with a two-out single to center scoring Carlos Mesa. The Tourists added a run on a passed ball, but once again the visitors plated a two-out run; this time on Singer's double to left.
Mike Jefferson worked five innings, earning the victory and Emmanuel De Leon pitched the final two frames for his third save of the year. Cleary Jr. was the only Tourist with a multi-hit game.
Jodaneli Carvajal was pulled by Rick Sofield in the middle of Game One, and Greg Polanco was pulled in the second inning of Game Two. The reason for the Power substitutions is unknown at this time.
Asheville is now 6-1 against West Virginia this season. The two clubs are back at it tomorrow night at McCormick Field with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.
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