GreenJackets shut down by Tourists' pitcher

Asheville 9, Augusta 2

  • Follow Baseball

Asheville Tourists starter Eddie Butler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his April 25 start before losing it. Two starts later, a third-inning single was the difference in completing another no-hit opportunity.

Butler pitched six one-hit innings to lead the Tourists to a 9-3 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Tuesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

An infield single by Matt Duffy in the third inning prevented Butler from completing a six-inning no-hitter.

Butler, a first-round pick in 2012 out of Radford, ranked sixth in the Colorado Rockies system by Baseball America, used a mid-90s fastball with hard sink and a diving slider to hold the GreenJackets hitless around the single. He walked five and struck out five.

The right-hander issued just one fly ball, coming in the sixth inning, while inducing eight ground balls.

“I felt pretty good, a little out of sync at some points,” Butler said. “I felt like I was throwing across my body, but for the main part felt good. I was keeping the ball down in the zone.”

Asheville (18-13) scored seven runs in the first inning.

David Dahl drove in three runs in the first inning on a double and two-run infield single after the Tourists batted around. Rosell Herrera and Derek Jones each doubled home a run in the inning, which featured four doubles.

Asheville added a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Tom Murphy, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.

Augusta (18-13) scored two in the eighth on a two-run double by Shayne Houck. The GreenJackets added a third run in the ninth.

Augusta starter Justin Schumer lasted two-thirds of an inning for the second consecutive start, allowing seven runs.

Dahl was forced to leave the game after his second at-bat of the first inning. Tourists manager Fred Ocasio said Dahl has a pulled right hamstring.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Four of the first five Asheville batters of the game reached on a double.

STAR OF THE GAME: Asheville starter Eddie Butler allowed one hit over six shutout innings.

NEXT: Augusta at Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Thursday

Top headlines
Hurley secures first PGA Tour victory
BETHESDA, Md. - Billy Hurley III shot 2-under-par 69 on Sunday to win his hometown Quicken Loans National at Congressional for his first PGA Tour victory. He finished at 17 under in Tiger Woods' ...
Search Augusta jobs