Serven Smacks Game-Winner in the Tenth

By Doug Maurer / Asheville Tourists | August 9, 2017 11:05 PM ET

ASHEVILLE-- With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth inning; Brian Serven stepped to the plate with two runners aboard and two outs. The Asheville Tourists' catcher laced a line drive back up the middle for the game-winning, walk-off hit. The 3-2 win concluded a Tourists sweep over the Lexington Legends.


The bottom of the tenth inning began on a double by Vince Fernandez. Manny Melendez sacrificed Fernandez to third and the Legends elected to intentionally walk Taylor Snyder. Two batters later, Serven stepped to the plate. On a 2-1 count, Serven delivered the winning blow off Legends' reliever Matt Wynne.

Asheville initially trailed in the game 1-0 when Lexington scored an unearned run in the first inning. The Tourists rallied for two runs in the third; one on a Tyler Nevin RBI double and one on a Melendez sacrifice fly. Asheville led 2-1 after three; however, it could have been more. The Tourists left seven runners on base over the first three innings.


Lexington tied the score in the fifth when Vance Vizcaino raced home from third on a wild pitch. Both bullpens were dominant the rest of the way. Reid Humphreys earned the win with two shutout innings late. Asheville's bullpen did not allow a single run the entire series.


Nevin finished 3-for-5 while Snyder and Willie Abreu both reached base three times. Fernandez reached four times. The sweep was Asheville's first at home this season. The Tourists will look to keep it going on Thursday night when they welcome in the Augusta GreenJackets to begin a four-game series.

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

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