Patience Pays Off for Tourists Late

Asheville Scores 10 Runs in Finals Two Innings to Complete Comeback

By Doug Maurer / Asheville Tourists | May 9, 2018 11:07 PM

ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists completed their biggest come-from-behind win of the season on Wednesday night, once down by six runs, with a thrilling 14-10 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The Tourists did not take their first lead until the bottom of the eighth and left the visitors stunned.

Greensboro built a 6-1 lead through the first three innings with Asheville's lone run coming on a Chad Spanberger second-inning Home Run. The Tourists rallied for five straight hits in the fourth including an RBI double from Spanberger and RBI singles from Taylor Snyder and Ryan Vilade .

With the score 6-4, Greensboro once again turned up the offense. The Grasshoppers plated four runs in the top of the seventh and led 10-4 heading to the seventh inning stretch. That is when the Tourists made their move.

Sean Bouchard plated a run by legging out a possible inning-ending double play. The next batter, Spanberger, launched a three-run Home Run to bring Asheville to within two runs at 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Tourists worked three walks, had two batters hit by a pitch, and chipped in a pair of singles including Casey Golden 's two-run go ahead single. Spanberger added another RBI on a fielder's choice and two more runs scored on a throwing error.

The Grasshoppers went down in order in the top of the ninth. Spanberger finished with a season-high six RBI while Golden added a season-high four hits. Spanberger also stole two bases and scored four runs.

Ben Bowden notched the win with a scoreless eighth inning. The two teams combined for 24 runs on 28 hits. Greensboro recorded seven doubles and a triple. The two teams will take the field for an encore on Thursday night at 7:05pm.

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

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