Golden Makes Tourists History in Wild Win

Asheville Edges Out Augusta in Series Finale

By Doug Maurer / Asheville Tourists | August 21, 2018 11:30 PM

ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists recorded one of their craziest wins of the season on Tuesday night at McCormick Field. Asheville held off the Augusta GreenJackets 10-9 to secure a three games to one series victory. Casey Golden etched his name into Asheville's history books in the win.

Golden hit two Home Runs, a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo blast to lead off the fourth. Casey's first Home Run was number 30 on the season. Golden became only the 13th player in Asheville baseball history, dating back to 1897, to hit 30 Home Runs in a season and the first to do so since Corey Dickerson hit 31 with the Tourists in 2011.

Golden tied Dickerson's mark with his second Home Run and is now tied for eighth on the all-time list. Asheville's centerfielder had plenty of help in the win. Matt McLaughlin played one of his best games of the year with a 4-for-4 performance including a pair of clutch two-out RBI doubles. McLaughlin also made a spectacular defensive play at second base.

Asheville jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Augusta responded by scoring the game's next seven runs. Golden's fourth inning Home Run plus Todd Czinege 's solo blast in the same frame brought the Tourists back within two.

In the fifth, Ramon Marcelino surprised everyone with an RBI bunt single and McLaughlin's two-run double to deep left field gave Asheville an 8-7 lead. Austin Bernard provided some insurance with a solo blast in the sixth.

Augusta cut into the lead with a run in the seventh but once again McLaughlin delivered with a two-out RBI double in the bottom half. Tommy Doyle notched his 15th save of the year by making a one run lead hold up in the top of the ninth.

The two teams combined for 19 runs and 30 hits. Moises Ceja earned his second win of the year with three innings pitched out of Asheville's bullpen.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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