Asheville wins 7-0 in series opener

Emmanuel Rivera had three hits, including two doubles, for Lexington. (Mary Lay)

By Lexington Legends | August 7, 2017 10:26 PM ET

 

Asheville starter Erick Julio pitched six and one-third scoreless innings as the Tourists blanked the Lexington Legends 7-0 in a rain-shortened game Monday night in Asheville.         

Play was stopped with the Legends batting in the top of the eighth inning.

A solo homer by Max George in the bottom of the third gave the Tourists a 1-0 lead. 

Asheville scored two more in the fourth. Bobby Wernes led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Joel Diaz, and scored on a wild pitch as Diaz advanced to second. Diaz went to third on a ground out and scored on a two-out double by Taylor Snyder.

A three-run rally that started with two outs and the bases empty in the fifth gave the Tourists a 6-0 lead. Tyler Nevin singled and went to third on a double by Wernes.   A double by Diaz scored two runs, and Diaz came home when third baseman Emmanuel Rivera committed a throwing error after fielding a ball hit by Manny Melendez.

Willie Abreu's leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh accounted for the final Asheville run.

Julio (5-10), got the win.   He allowed six hits, walked one batter and struck out five. Rico Garcia pitched one inning in relief before rain halted play.

Legends starter Nolan Watson (1-8) was the losing pitcher.

Game two of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

 

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

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