ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Asheville designated hitter Vince Fernandez reached base all five times he went to bat against the Hagerstown Suns (22-15) on Monday night, finishing 4-for-4 with five runs scored in a 13-2 win by the Tourists (17-19) at historic McCormick Field.
Hagerstown starter James Bourque (Loss, 0-2) allowed five runs on five hits in the bottom of the first as the Tourists tallied two doubles and a two-run homer by second baseman Max George. Bourque steadied to finish five innings with seven runs allowed on seven hits while striking out six.
The Suns scored both of their runs in the top of the second. Second baseman Jake Noll led off with a single and scored from first on an RBI double by right fielder Nick Banks . Two batters later, first baseman Anderson Franco scored Banks with an RBI groundout to second.
Noll, Sheldon Neuse , and Aldrem Corredor all finished with two hits each, but the Suns went 0-for-11 at the plate with runners in scoring position.
Brandon Gold (Win, 2-2) earned the victory after five complete innings before the Tourists used five different relievers to hold the league-leading Hagerstown offense to just two runs in a second-straight game. The Suns won 2-1 on Sunday, courtesy of solo homers by Daniel Johnson and Tyler Beckwith .
Johnson finished 0-for-3 on Monday night after recording three homers combined in his previous three games to take the home run lead among active South Atlantic League hitters with nine round-trippers this season.
The Suns remained in first place atop the SAL Northern Division by a half-game after the Lakewood BlueClaws (22-16) split a home doubleheader with the Columbia Fireflies.
On Tuesday morning, Hagerstown and Asheville square off for the final time in the 2017 regular season. Suns right-handed starter Carlos Pena (1-2, 9.36) goes to the mound against fellow righty Erick Julio (3-3, 3.62) with first pitch at 11:05 a.m. on Education Day in Asheville.
Kevin Gehl will call the Tuesday game live from McCormick Field on the Hagerstown Suns Radio Network, beginning with the Sunrise Pregame Show at 10:55 a.m. Tune in from anywhere on hagerstownsuns.com.
The Suns return home to Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown on May 18 against Lakewood for Thirsty Thursday wth beer prices starting at just two dollars each. For tickets, call 301-791-6266.
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