Beyond the Scoreboard: Tourists smack 14 homers in three games, move back into first place

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After stumbling through a four-game losing streak last week, the Asheville Tourists returned to their slugging ways to win three straight at Greensboro and move back into first place in the South Atlantic League.

The three straight victories have been powered by 14 home runs in 24 innings of play. The Tourists (14-9) are tied with the Greenville Drive (15-10) for first place in the South Atlentic league Southern Division standings.

In Monday night's 12-1 win in Greensboro, Asheville smack five home runs, including a pair by Ramon Marcelino. Bret Boswell, Casey Golden and Todd Czinege also went deep during the game.

Frederis Parra pitched eight shutout innings for the win.

Asheville slammed six home runs in a 13-6 win over the Grasshoppers Sunday, with Boswell and Golden leading the way with two dingers apiece.

Sean Bouchard added a two-run blast and Czinge hit a solo homer for Asheville (13-9), whose 15 hits included 10 for extra bases.

In a come-from behind win Saturday night that snapped the losing skid, Chad Spanberger provided the key blow, a go-ahead three-run homer that produced an 8-7 win vs. Greensboro.

Following an off-day Wednesday, the Tourists will enjoy an eight-game homestand that begins with a Thirsty Thursday battle with rival Greenville. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.