T's Dominate 'Hoppers in Rain Shortened Game
GREENSBORO - The Asheville Tourists dominated the Greensboro Grasshoppers over seven innings on Sunday afternoon to pick up their fourth consecutive victory. Asheville outhit Greensboro 14 to 1 and came away with a rain-shortened 9-2 victory.
Garrett Schilling pitched five innings and earned his sixth win of the season. Schilling was forced to depart after a :42 rain delay interrupted the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Through five frames, the right-hander struck out six and surrendered only one hit.
Asheville took a 1-0 lead on Sean Bouchard's solo Home Run in the first inning. The Tourists reeled of five straight singles in the second inning to build their lead to 4-0. After the Grasshoppers plated their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the second, Asheville used a pair of Home Runs to build the lead back up.
Austin Bernard hit a solo shot in the top of the fourth and Matt McLaughlin added a two-run Home Run in the sixth. Ramon Marcelino's two-run single in the seventh provided the seven-run cushion.
Before the eighth inning could begin, the rain returned and this time it was for good. After waiting the appropriate amount of time, the umpires deemed the game complete.
Moises Ceja finished with two shutout innings in relief of Schilling. Matt Hearn and McLaughlin both finished the game with three hits while Marcelino and Bernard added two hits apiece.
This is the first time this season that Asheville has won four consecutive road games. The Tourists will attempt to make it five straight with the series finale scheduled to begin at noon on Monday.
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