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Lexington Legends – Asheville’s big inning leads to 12-5 win

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A nine-run fifth inning sent the Asheville Tourists to a 12-5 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday night.   Vince Fernandez drove in four runs for Asheville.

                Colton Welker’s first-inning solo homer gave the Tourists an early 1-0 lead, but the Legends came back to take the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth.   With one out, Marten Gasparini homered to tie the game, and back-to-back doubles by Rudy Martin and Khalil Lee put Lexington in front 2-1.

                Max George opened Asheville’s big inning with a double.  He went to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Joel Diaz.  After Brian Severn flied out, Eric Toole walked.  Manny Melendez singled to load the bases and Jose Gomez followed with a single to right field.  Diaz scored on the hit, and Toole came home on a throwing error by right fielder Rudy Martin.  Colton Welker was intentionally walked, loading the bases again.  Fernandez’ double scored two runs, and a triple by Willie Abreu scored two more.  George drew a walk, putting runners at first and third, and Abreu came home after a foul pop fly was caught by Olloque, the first baseman.  Severn’s double scored George with the final run of the inning, leaving Asheville with a 10-2 lead. 

                The Legends scored two runs in the seventh on a single by Olloque, a triple by Gasparini and a double by Khalil Lee.

                Fernandez had a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth.   John Brontsema’s homer in the top of the ninth closed out the scoring. 

                Asheville starter Alejandro Requena (3-2) worked the first six innings and got the win.

                Legends’ starter Garrett Davila (4-1) took the loss, his first as a professional.  He had a 7-0 record for Burlington in 2016 before winning his first four decisions this season.

                The Legends won two out of three in the series, and will return home to open a four-game series with Augusta Thursday night.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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