The Hickory Crawdads fell in their series opener against the Asheville Tourists, dropping a 6-2 contest.
The Tourists (24-15) were led by designated hitter Samuel Mende, who had two RBIs and a home run in the
Jose Rivera also drove in a pair of RBIs on a 2-for-4 hitting performance.
Rougned Odor and Hanser Alberto led the Crawdads (19-18) with one RBI each in the game.
The Crawdads and Tourists play a doubleheader Saturday in Asheville starting at 5:35 p.m.