Rough Night for Rome, Asheville 7-5 Winners
Rome, GA - The Rome Braves were overpowered by the Asheville Tourists 7-5 Friday night in front of 2,775 fans at State Mutual Stadium.
Asheville took the lead in the first inning with two runs thanks to a fielding error by Carlos Franco and a sacrifice fly by Francisco Sosa. The Braves bounced back with a run in the bottom of the second on a RBI single by Tony Mueller. Rome looked like it was headed for its second straight victory by adding four runs in the third. Two Asheville errors and a run scoring single by Mueller gave Rome an 5-2 early lead.
Asheville made it a 5-4 game in the fourth on an RBI triple by Derek Jones. The Tourists tied the game in the sixth 5-5 after a Jose Briceno double and a Chris O'Dowd single. In the eighth Julian Yan led off the inning with a triple and scored on an O'Dowd double making it a 6-5 game. Asheville added an insurance run when Matt Wessinger doubled home O'Dowd for the 7-5 final.
Ryan Arrowood (2-0) gets the win for Asheville and Shae Simmons (0-1) received the loss. Raul Fernandaz earns his fourth save of the season.
The Braves and Tourists square off again Saturday at 7pm for game three of the four game series. For ticket information, contact the Rome Braves at 706-378-5144 or log onto www.romebraves.com.
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