Asheville Tourists’ Bats Go Cold, Team Falls Behind 2-0 In SAL Championship
By Bobby DeMuro
The Asheville Tourists faced off in the second game of the South Atlantic League Championship Series with the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday night.
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The Asheville Tourists are now facing a significant deficit after losing 3-1 Tuesday night and falling behind the Hickory Crawdads 2-0 in the best-of-five South Atlantic League Championship Series. One more loss for the Tourists will end their season as the league runner-up.
Asheville struggled to hit the ball on Tuesday night; they only scored a run on five singles against Crawdads pitching. The Crawdads started scoring early, with two RBI singles from Carlos Arroyo and Dylan Moore to get on the board against the Tourists.
In the fourth inning, the Crawdads would score their final run of the game, on an RBI groundout from Moore, making the lead 3-0 — which, considering the Tourists’ offensive troubles against Crawdads, pitching, might as well have been ten runs.
In the top of the fifth inning, Asheville finally scored when Cesar Galvez lined a single into center field to score Roberto Ramos, who had singled and then advanced on a sacrifice bunt. However, with runners on first and third and one out, Yonathan Daza grounded into an inning-ending double play to snuff out the rally and wasted the Tourists’ last good opportunity at scoring to keep the game close.
Beginning Thursday night, the Tourists now must win three straight games at McCormick Field in Asheville to win the South Atlantic League’s Championship Series. The fun begins at 5:05 pm MT on Thursday, September 17.