Johnson's Home Run Spoils Tourists Fun Day

By Doug Maurer / Asheville Tourists | May 14, 2017 5:17 PM ET

ASHEVILLE-- Daniel Johnson has enjoyed a lot of success against the Asheville Tourists in 2017. The Hagerstown Suns outfielder hit his eighth Home Run of the season, and fourth against the Tourists, on Sunday afternoon to give Hagerstown a 2-1 win over Asheville.

The game was tied 1-1 entering the ninth inning when the Tourists went to reliever Justin Lawrence. The reliable closer's first pitch was a fastball to Johnson who crushed it over the right-centerfield wall. That Home Run proved to be the difference in an offensively challenged game.

Alejandro Requena shined again for Asheville but settled for his fifth no-decision of the season. Requena tossed six innings and allowed only one run while matching a season high of nine strikeouts. Hagerstown's McKenzie Mills was equally as impressive as the lefty limited the Tourists to only one run through 5.2 frames.

Steven Fuentes relieved Mills and the Tourists never threatened against the Suns righty. Ty Culbreth and JD Hammer each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Requena prior to the ninth inning.

Asheville's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Max George and Eric Toole hit back-to-back two out doubles. The Tourists finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and are 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position this series.

Toole and Vince Fernandez each finished with two hits while Johnson finished with a three-hit game for the Suns.

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

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