ASHEVILLE, NC – The Tourists and Greenjackets completed their season series Saturday night at McCormick Field, with Asheville coming out on top by the score of 5-2. Thomas Field, still working his way back from a hamstring injury, hit his first homerun of the year in the victory, and David Christensen hit his team-leading 14th long ball for one of his two hits.
Jonnathan Aristil started for Asheville, and earned his first victory of the season with 6.0 two-run innings. Aristil allowed just 6 hits and a walk while striking out 5 batters on the way to his first win this year.
Asheville took an early lead in the bottom of the second when Christensen hit a two-out double and Field delivered his first homer of the season over the wall in right-center field to take a 2-0 lead.
The Greenjackets cut the Tourists’ lead to one run in the top of the fourth inning, when Ehire Adrianza drove Andy D’Alessio in with a base hit to make the score 2-1.
The Tourists made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on a solo homerun by Christensen. With two outs, Christensen stepped in and smashed one over the wall in left field for his 14th homerun of the season and his second extra-base hit of the ball game.
Augusta got another run back in the top of the sixth when Juan Perez and Johnny Monell hit back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2 Asheville.
The Tourists pulled away in the bottom of the sixth when, with one out, Johnny Monell dropped a foul pop off the bat of Jimmy Cesario, extending the at-bat. Cesario would single and Christensen would draw a walk. With two away, Tyler Massey ripped a double down the left field line, plating Cesario from second and putting runners on second and third. With Carlos Martinez batting, Augusta went to the bullpen and Shane Kaufman, whose first pitch was wild and allowed Christensen to score to give the Tourists a 5-2 advantage.
Kurt Yacko threw two scoreless innings of relief before the Tourists turned to Adam Jorgenson in the top of the ninth. Jorgenson struck out Wendell Fairley, got Dom Duggan to fly out, and struck out Jose Flores to end the game. It was the 17th save of the season for the Asheville closer, and his second in as many nights.
The Tourists (11-5) will get Sunday off before an eight-game road trip, beginning with four in Lake County Monday night. Asheville will send RHP Parker Frazier (5-6, 5.01) to the mound Monday night to face the Captains. You can listen to Monday’s game and all 140 Asheville Tourists games live on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.