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Beyond the Scoreboard: Tourists fall to fourth place after doubleheader sweep

Asheville Tourists
Photo credit: WLOS Staff

The Asheville Tourists began a scheduled eight-game homestand last week in first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division and looking forward to a stretch of games at McCormick Field to perhaps grow their division lead.

Instead, a week later the team is swooning with a streak of six losses in seven games, including four straight defeats and a 1-5 mark during the homestand.

A doubleheader sweep by Lexington on Wednesday night left the Tourists in fourth place, two games behind division-leading Greenville, S.C. in a tight, seven-team race that includes last-place Augusta just 5 1/2 games behind.

Lexington is only 1/2-game behind Greenville after stretching its winning streak to eight straight games with 5-1 and 2-1 victories Wednesday night at McCormick Field.

The Tourists' only two runs in 14 innings came from solo home runs by Taylor Snider and Sean Bouchard.

Asheville has lost seven of its last games at home.

The franchise also lost a game to rainout during the homestand; it is the record ninth home game rained out this season.

With 37 games left in the SAL's second half of the season, the Tourists (15-15) have plenty of time to get back on a winning track.

After wrapping up the homestand with a 7:05 p.m. start vs. Lexington on Thirsty Thursday, Asheville takes off on a seven-game road trip, with stops in West Virginia and Greenville.

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