Asheville takes series from Legends with 6-1 win

April 10, 2013 

Legends left-hander Daniel Stumpf throws in the third inning during the home opener against the Asheville Tourists at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, KY, Monday, April 8, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins

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Matt Wessinger drove in two runs, one with a suicide squeeze bunt, as the Asheville Tourists led from the first inning on in a 6-1 victory over the Lexington Legends on Wednesday.

The Tourists took two out of three games in the series at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Tourists scored in the first when Kyle Von Tungeln walked, moved to third on two ground balls, and came home on a single by Francisco Sosa.

Asheville added two in the second inning. Drew Beuerlein led off with a double and moved to third on a one-out single by Julian Yan. Yan advanced to second on a throwing error by center fielder Bubba Starling as Beuerlein held at third. Michael Ramirez drove home both with a single to center field for a 3-0 lead.

Lexington scored its only run in the bottom of the third. Yowill Espinal doubled with two outs and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Terrance Gore walked, and when Gore stole second base, Ramirez's throw went into center field for an error, allowing Espinal to score.

Asheville bunted its way to a run in the fifth. Ramirez was hit by a pitch. Juan Ciriaco beat out a bunt single, and Von Tungeln followed with a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runners to second and third.

With Wessinger at the plate, Ramirez broke for home on a pitch by Legends starter Bryan Brickhouse. Wessinger was able to get a bunt down on the first-base side, and Ramirez scored as Brickhouse tagged Wessinger.

Asheville added a run in the seventh on a double by Ciriaco and a single by Wessinger. The Tourists scored their final run in the eighth on a walk to Sosa, a stolen base, and a two-out single by Yan.

Tourists starter T.J. Oakes (1-0) worked the first five innings and got the win. Brickhouse (0-2) also pitched the first five innings and took the loss.

The Legends open a four-game home series against the Greenville Drive, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, on Thursday. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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