CHARLESTON-- The Asheville Tourists had a chance at a sweep Wednesday night and starting pitcher Erick Julio had a chance for back-to-back quality starts to begin the season. Neither happened as the West Virginia Power defeated the Tourists 8-4.
Asheville jumped out to a great start in the top of the first inning. The Tourists strung together two hits, two walks, and stole four bases in the frame. Unfortunately they only came away with one run. West Virginia's Trae Arbet tied the game with a solo Home Run in the second.
The Tourists went back in front with two runs in the top of the third but once again the Power answered. Julio ran into immediate trouble in the bottom of the third inning by giving up four straight hits to begin the frame. The last was another Arbet Home Run that put the home team in front 5-3.
In the fifth Asheville was able to close the gap when Robbie Perkins singled in Jacob Bosiokovic, but that was as close as the Tourists would come. West Virginia added one in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Bryan Baker pitched well out of the Tourists bullpen with four solid innings of work. Asheville's offense struck out a season-high 12 times. Colton Welker recorded three hits and Jose Gomez chipped in a pair of singles.
Next up is the home opener on Thursday night. Asheville will take on the Greenville Drive with the first pitch slated for 7:05pm. Gates to McCormick Field open at 6:00pm.
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