April 8, 2012 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - West Virginia Power
West Virginia Power (1-2) at Hagerstown Suns (2-1)
Game 4 | April 8, 2012 | Municipal Stadium | Hagerstown, MD
Radio: Power Baseball Network and wvpower.com Airtime: 12:45 pm
LH Zac Fuesser (NR) vs. LH Kylin Turnbull (NR)
Fuesser: Went 3-6 over 32 games (11 starts) for WV Power in 2011 with 95 K and 33 BB over 108.1 IP
Turnbull: Making his professional debut today (Fourth round selection of the 2011 draft by Nationals)
POWER REPLAY: West Virginia fell 4-3 on Saturday night at Hagerstown. Starting pitchers Matt Benedict and Alex Meyer held their opponents in check over the first three innings. The Suns broke through first with a run in the fourth and added two off Benedict in the fifth, though all three runs were unearned due to two Power errors. Trailing 4-1 in the eighth, West Virginia rallied for a pair on a Jodaneli Carvajal double and a triple by Junior Sosa, who scored on a throwing error while taking third. Meyer gained the win in his professional debut, while Benedict too the loss.
SHOWDOWN IN SUNS TOWN: West Virginia's season-opening series in Hagerstown marks the Power's only trip to Municipal Stadium this season. The Power trail in the all-time series 48-52 and are 25-34 at Hagerstown since the start of the 2005 season.
GETTING IN THE GAME: New Power manager Rick Sofield has used ten of the 13 active position players through the first three games of the 2012 season. Junior Sosa made his season debut last night and recorded two hits in three trips to the plate. Chris Lashmet, Jonathan Schwind, and Kirk Singer have yet to appear in a game this season.
EARLY SEASON STREAKING STOPPED: West Virginia had six batters that reached by base hit in each of the first two games of the year, but only two were able to reach via base hit for the third straight game. Jose Osuna and Jodaneli Carvajal have three-game hitting streaks entering play today, though Alen Hanson leads the team with a .417 average despite being held hitless last night.
ROSTER ROULETTE: Pittsburghpromoted two pitchers from Extended Spring Training to the Power staff on Saturday and transferred two back to the Extended Spring roster. Orlando Castro pitched at three different levels last season, including seven games with the Power, and Josh Poytress, an 18th round pick in 2011, were promoted to join West Virginia in Hagerstown. Castro and Poytress replace Stetson Allie and Mike Jefferson on the active roster.
ALUMNI WATCH: Entering the 2012 season, 25 players who had appeared in a game for the West Virginia Power since 2005 had gone on the play in a Major League Baseball game. Lucas Luetge became the 26th man to do so after making his Major League debut last night for the Seattle Mariners. Luetge appeared in eight games for West Virginia during the 2008 season while the club was still a Milwaukee affiliate, and was a Rule 5 draft selection this past off-season. The right-hander faced one batter yesterday, striking out Oakland's Josh Reddick. On a side note, no former Power players made the 25-man roster for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of spring training,
PROMO UPDATE- APRIL 12: West Virginia will play Greenville and Asheville during its opening homestand from April 12-18 at Appalachian Power Park. To commemorate the home opener next Thursday, the Power will giveaway refrigerator magnets with the 2012 schedule.
POWER POINTS: Copies of the 2012 Media Guide are available upon request... The early season rotation suggests that Matt Benedict will start the home opener on April 12 against Greenville... Josh Poytress was made his SAL debut with one scoreless inning last night.
AROUND THE ORGANIZATION: Pittsburgh edged Philadelphia 2-1 in 10 innings. Alex Presley drove in Mike McHenry in extras for the Buccos first win of the season... Indianapolis slipped past Toledo 8-7... Altoona dropped a 12-1 final against Erie... Bradenton lost at St. Lucie 4-2. Jameson Tallion took the loss.
ON THE AIR: All 140 West Virginia Power games can be heard on ESPN 104.5 FM and 1490 AM in Charleston, WV, across the state on the Power Radio Network, and online at milb.com. Adam Marco will call the action for each of the 70 home games this season, while the home team will provide coverage while the Power are on the road.