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Mistakes Continue in Second Straight Loss to Legends

August 8, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Asheville Tourists News Release

LEXINGTON- The Asheville Tourists have been unable to get out of their own way in the first two games of their current series against the first place Lexington Legends. On Wednesday afternoon, shaky defense in the first two innings led to a pair of runs for Lexington that ended up being the difference in a 4-2 loss.

Lexington scored in the bottom of the first inning when Asheville failed to keep a groundball on the infield with two outs. MJ Melendez was able to score from second base. Lexington has scored a run in the first inning against the Tourists in five straight games - all wins for the Legends.

In the second inning, it appeared Frederis Parra had recorded the final out on a ground ball. When Ryan Vilade realized he wouldn't be able to record a force out at second base, Vilade had to hurry a throw to first that sailed wide. The next batter, Cristian Perez, singled home the Legends' second run.

The home team added two more runs on a pair of two-out hits in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead. Asheville broke through in the top of the fifth with an RBI double by Nic Motley and an RBI triple off the bat off Matt Hearn.

The Tourists put together one more rally in the eighth. With two outs and runners at second and third, Todd Czinege worked a 3-0 count. Todd was given the green light and hit a fly ball to deep left field. The ball was hauled in just in front of the wall as Czinege barely missed a three-run Home Run. The Legends hung on in the ninth to secure the win.

Vilade notched his 100th hit of the season in the loss and Derrik Watson tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Asheville's bullpen has pitched 7.2 innings in this series and has yet to allowed an earned run.

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