KANNAPOLIS--Prior to Monday night, the largest come-from-behind win of the season for the Asheville Tourists was when they overcame a three-run deficit in mid-April. Tonight's game against the Kannapolis Intimidators featured a ferocious five-run comeback by the Tourists, and a 7-5 victory.
Asheville fell behind 5-0 in the bottom of the third when Kannapolis scored all five of their runs on seven hits and sent 10 batters to the plate. The Tourists had only managed one hit through the first three frames; however, the five-run deficit seemed to fuel the offense.
The Tourists exploded for four runs in the fourth; all with two outs. Luis Castro doubled in Colton Welker and Max George doubled in a pair as part of the rally. In the fifth, Asheville captured their first lead of the game. Willie Abreu doubled home Jose Gomez and later scored on a Castro single. Vince Fernandez added a seventh inning solo Home Run for good measure.
The pitching staff brought their swing-and-miss stuff. Starter Brandon Gold struck out eight Intimidators through four innings. Bryan Baker tallied five strikeouts in two frames, and JD Hammer struck out the side in the eighth. In total, Kannapolis struck out 17 times.
Fernandez finished 3-for-4 and tallied ten hits in the series. Castro's two-hit day was his first multi-hit game of the season. With the victory, the Tourists finished their road trip winners of four of six games. Asheville has made three road trips this season and all have ended with a winning record.
Next up is a Wednesday night home date against the West Virginia Power. The first pitch is set for 7:05pm.
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