ASHEVILLE, N.C.– The Asheville Tourists (7-10) scored eight runs in the sixth inning and cruised to a 13-6 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds (8-11) on Tuesday night at McCormick Field.
After a one hour and 48 minute rain delay, Asheville took a first inning lead. Matt Wessinger singled and was driven home on a double to left-center field by Rosell Herrera.
The Shorebirds took the lead in the fourth inning. Creede Simpson hit a one out single into center field. Then, Joel Hutter hit a ground ball double that got all the way to the wall to score Simpson from first. Roderick Bernadina singled into center field to score Hutter.
The Shorebirds tacked on three runs in the fifth inning to grow the lead to 5-1. George Barber hit a one out double to deep right field to set the table. Then, Lucas Herbst hit a home run to right-field. After a Torsten Boss single, Simpson doubled down the left field line to plate Boss.
In the bottom of the fifth, Asheville trimmed the deficit to 5-3 on a two-run home run to center field by Julian Yan.
In the sixth inning, Jose Nivar give up eight runs, seven earned, and the Tourists took a commanding 11-5 lead. Nivar lasted just a third of an inning before Mychal Givens replaced him. The inning started with a bases loaded single by Dillion Thomas. Then, Matt Argyropoulos hit a three-run double to the corner in right field.
The Tourists added two in the eighth inning on a double to left field by Francisco Sosa to build a 13-5 lead.
The Shorebirds went scoreless between the sixth and eighth innings. In the ninth, Barber connected on a triple off the right field wall to score Lorenzo.
Three Asheville bullpen arms held the Shorebirds to two hits and one run over the final four innings. Andrew Brown (5-0) earned the win over two scoreless innings.
Nivar was pinned with the loss. He allowed four hits and seven earned runs.
Shorebirds starter Bennett Parry went a season long five innings. He allowed four hits and three runs with four strike outs and no walks. Parry retired 10 batters in a row between the first and fourth innings.
The Shorebirds and Tourists will play game two of the series on Wednesday, July 10. RHP Juan Guzman is the scheduled starter for Delmarva.