AUGUSTA-- The Asheville Tourists dropped a close one to the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday by a final score of 3-1. Asheville had a number of chances to score early but had trouble cashing in on the rallies they put together.
The GreenJackets used some early wildness from Riley Pint to plate two runs in inning number one. Pint issued free passes to the first three batters he faced. Skyler Ewing drove in Augusta's initial run with an infield single and the second run scored on a wild pitch.
Pint settled down after the rocky first frame and posted three straight scoreless innings. Asheville's lone run came in the top of the first inning when Willie Abreu singled home Manny Melendez from second. The Tourists had a handful of chances to tie the game over the next few innings but Stephen Woods kept pitching out of jams.
Asheville had runners at second and third with one out in the second inning but came away empty handed. They put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth, only to again come away with nothing. In the fifth, the Tourists once more had two runners on with one out, but Woods kept them off the scoreboard.
Ewing hit a solo Home Run for the GreenJackets in the seventh to account for the game's final run. Ewing has tallied six Home Runs against the Tourists in 11 games, spanning 2016 and 2017.
The Tourists will have an opportunity to win the series with a victory on Monday night. The GreenJackets will attempt to salvage a series split.
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