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Julio, Tourists Start Fast; Beat Drive in Extras

July 30, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Asheville Tourists News Release

GREENVILLE - The Asheville Tourists used a fast start and late resolve to knock off the Greenville Drive 6-5 in ten innings on Monday night. With five of the seven Southern division teams falling, the Tourists gained important ground on the rest of the division, including the Drive.

Erick Julio outpitched Greenville's Denyi Reyes; however, Julio did not factor in the decision. Asheville pounded out three runs on four hits in the first inning off Reyes - the league's number two pitcher in ERA.

Sean Bouchard began the scoring with an RBI single to right that plated Ryan Vilade. Casey Golden then blasted his 25th Home Run of the season; a two-run shot over the left field wall. Asheville led 3-0 until the Drive managed a run in the bottom of the fourth.

That was Julio's only blemish as the Tourists starting pitcher tossed a season-high six innings. Julio did not walk a batter and struck out six. However, the Drive were able to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Fitzgerald hit a game-tying two run Home Run after an error extended the inning.

The two teams remained tied 4-4 until Asheville scored twice in the top of the tenth. Vilade hit a sacrifice fly and Matt McLaughlin knocked in Tyler Bugner with a single to right.

Greenville scored once in their half of the tenth but left the tying run at third and the winning run at first when Tommy Doyle struck out Everlouis Lozada to end the game.

Asheville and Greenville will play a double-header on Tuesday with the first game set for 4:30pm.

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