Big First Inning Propels West Virginia Past Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The West Virginia Power used a big five-run first inning en route to a 10-4 victory over the Greenville Drive on Friday night at Fluor Field in the series opener.
The Power opened the game with a triple from Johnny Slater and proceeded to send nine batters to the plate in the first inning. The big blow of the frame came on a two-run home run by Dean Nevarez, giving the Power the 5-0 lead.
West Virginia added to the lead with two in the third. Nevarez provided the big hit again in the third, doubling to left to score two and push the advantage to 7-0.
Greenville got on the board with two in the bottom half. Marino Campana reached on an error to third and Korby Batesole doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Grant Williams and Kervin Suarez followed with back-to-back RBI singles to make it 7-2.
The Power tacked on two more in the fourth. An RBI double by J.R. Davis and a sac fly by Onil Pena plate a pair of runs, extending the lead back to seven at 9-2.
Greenville answered again with two in the bottom half. Triston Casas singled to lead off the inning and Alan Marrero followed with a two-run home run to left, making it a 9-4 game.
West Virginia then added more in the eighth. Davis went all the way to third on an error by Campana and scored a few pitches later on a wild pitch for the final score of 10-4.
West Virginia starter Steven Moyers (3-3) earned the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Drive starter Brayan Bello (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs on 12 hits with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings pitched.
Korby Batesole led the Drive offense, going 2-for-4 with a run in the contest, while Marrero hit his fourth home run of the season with the two-run blast in the fourth.
The Drive bullpen tossed 6.0 innings of one-run baseball on the night. Oddanier Mosqueda worked 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just a lone hit and two walks with five strikeouts. Rio Gomez did not allow a hit in 2.0 innings of work, striking out four and allowing an unearned run. Batesole then came on to work a scoreless ninth, allowing just a hit and a walk in his second appearance on the mound this year.
The series continues on Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Left-hander Angel Padron will take to the mound for the Drive.
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