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Johnson, Tourists Roll Legends

August 9, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY-- For the second consecutive start, Asheville Tourists starting pitcher Drasen Johnson set a career high in strikeouts. On Tuesday night against the Lexington Legends, Johnson needed only five innings to rack up nine strikeouts and lead the Tourists to a 6-1 victory over the Legends.

Johnson pitched five shutout innings, allowed only two hits, issued one walk, and struck out nine Legend batters to earn his sixth win of the season and second in as many starts. Johnson was coming off a six inning, seven strikeout performance against the Augusta GreenJackets his last time out.

Offensively, the Tourists scored six runs on 12 hits. Scotty Burcham put Asheville up 1-0 in the second inning with an RBI double to right. Burcham reached base four times in the game. Brendan Rodgers worked a bases loaded walk later in the inning to make it 2-0.

In the fifth, Brian Mundell hit his 13th Home Run of the season; a solo shot off Legends starter Gerson Garabito. Rodgers struck again in the sixth with a two out RBI single into left making it 4-0. Hamlet Marte then plated two on a double into left field in the seventh. Lexington's only run scored on a Travis Maezes Home Run in the bottom of the ninth.

In the top of the eighth, Mundell connected with his third hit of the game; a two-out double to left field. The double was Mundell's 48th of the season and makes him the first player in Colorado Rockies Minor League history to hit at least 48 doubles in one season. It also ties him for third place on the All-Time South Atlantic League doubles list.

Asheville will look to win the series against the Legends with an afternoon contest on Wednesday afternoon. The action at Whitaker Bank Ballpark will begin at 12:35pm.