Beyond the Scoreboard: Hapless Tourists on pace for record-setting bad half-season

Asheville Tourists
Photo credit: WLOS Staff

Despite four home runs from Chad Spanberger over their last two games, the Asheville Tourists continued their worst slide of a forgettable season this weekend in Greenville.

The Drive – the worst team in the South Atlantic League - beat the Tourists three straight games, including a 7-6 walkoff win on Sunday to add to a disastrous stretch.

Asheville (20-34, .370) lost for the eighth time in nine games to fall 14 games behind in the SAL’s Southern Division first-half race. Only the Drive (16-38, .296) have a worst record in the 14-team league.

Asheville has been outscored 70-26 in those eight losses.

With 13 games remaining before the All-Star break, the Tourists are on pace to have the worst half-season mark of this century.

Since 2000, the franchise’s poorest half-season record in Sally League play was a 25-43 mark (.368) in the second half of the 2013 season.

The team has nine of its last 13 games in the first half at home, including a run of six straight games at McCormick Field that begins Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. vs. Rome (Ga.).

The team is 13-13 at home this season and 7-21 on the road.

There is a Thirsty Thursday this week and a post-game fireworks show on Friday night.