COLUMBIA-- The Asheville Tourists played their 19th extra inning game on Tuesday night, a league-high, and came out victorious over the Columbia Fireflies. Tyler Nevin plated Manny Melendez with a single in the top of the 13th for the game-winner.
Asheville's bullpen was the story of this game. The Tourists used six relievers to combine for nine shutout innings. Reid Humphreys recorded the final three outs for his 11th save of the season. Austin Moore, Salvador Justo, Julian Fernandez, Heath Holder, and Juan Pena all did work in relief of the starter Erick Julio.
Nevin provided the game's first run with a solo Home Run to left field in the top of the first. Julio became wild in the fifth inning and walked in a run that allowed the Fireflies to tie the game. Julio departed with the Tourists trailing 2-1 but Asheville would rally a few innings later.
The top of the seventh proved to be an interesting frame. With one out and a runner at first, Vince Fernandez appeared to give the Tourists the lead with a towering two-run Home Run down the right-field line; however, the ball was ruled foul. The next batter, Brian Serven, DID hit a two-run Home Run over the left field wall; however, the ball bounced back into the field of play and it was ruled a triple. The Tourists had to settle for the tie.
In the top of the 13th, Melendez stole second base with two outs and Nevin worked a deep count before singling into centerfield. The winning run in Melendez came in to score. The Tourists have two road games remaining this season, both in Columbia. Tomorrow night's contest will begin at 7:05pm.
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