Beyond the Scoreboard: Tourists playing their best at right time of the season

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The Asheville Tourists have picked an opportune time to play at their best.

With just 19 games left in the regular season and in second place in their division, the Tourists (27-22) completed a four-game sweep of Greensboro on Monday to stretch their winning streak to five straight games.

Heading into Wednesday night's game vs. Hickory at McCormick Field, Asheville is tied with Greenville, two games behind Lexington in the race for the second-half Southern Division title in the South Atlantic League.

That game against the Crawdads opens a seven-game homestand that runs through Tuesday and includes the final Thirsty Thursday of the season, a 7:05 p.m. start vs. Hickory.

With a schedule that includes 19 games in 20 days, the Tourists will also host Augusta for four games during the current homestand.

After an eight-game road trip that includes stops in Columbia, S.C., and Kannapolis, Asheville will conclude its regular-season with a four-game set at McCormick Field, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 vs. Rome, Ga.

The five-game winning streak matches the longest of the season for Asheville.

Outfielder Casey Golden (28 home runs, 78 RBIs, .272 average, 21 stolen bases) continues to pace the offense and is an MVP candidate. He leads the SAL in RBIs and ranks second in home runs.

Garrett Schilling (6-4, .344 ERA) has been Asheville's top starting pitcher and Tommy Doyle (12 saves) is the bullpen leader.

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