De Los Santos' Quality Start Not Enough in 4-1 Loss
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Josias De Los Santos posted his third straight quality start, but the Power was outslugged by the Hagerstown Suns in a 4-1 loss Friday night at Appalachian Power Park.
West Virginia (25-29, 62-62) threatened in the first inning, as Billy Cooke smacked a base hit on the first pitch he saw in his Power debut, and Bobby Honeyman worked a walk to put runners at first and second with one out. Matt Sanders then singled on a line drive to left, but Cooke was gunned down on a solid throw from Justin Connell that kept the game scoreless.
De Los Santos (4-7) tossed two scoreless frames to start his outing, but issued a two-out walk and a two-run homer a batter later to Drew Mendoza in the third that put the Suns (26-28, 56-68) up 2-0. West Virginia answered in the fourth, as Honeyman led off the inning with a double down the right-field line off Jackson Stoeckinger (2-2). Onil Pena then scorched a ball to the wall in left on an RBI triple that put the Power on the board and brought West Virginia within one.
De Los Santos finished his outing with three scoreless frames that solidified his third straight quality start and fourth in the last five tries. Over this five-start span, the 20-year-old has tallied a 2.73 ERA with just nine earned runs through 29.2 innings and 24 strikeouts.
Reeves Martin entered in the seventh and twirled a perfect frame before he ran into trouble in the eighth. Martin issued a walk to Armond Upshaw to lead off the inning, but retired the next two hitters on flyouts. Mendoza worked a walk before Jacob Rhinesmith dribbled a grounder to Nick Rodriguez, whose throw went behind Martin as he covered the bag. The error scored Upshaw from third and put runners on the corners for Israel Pineda, who delivered with an RBI single that made it 4-1 Suns.
Pearson McMahan (S,2) came on with two down in the eighth and retired Pena on strikes to strand a pair runners on first and third. He then retired West Virginia in order in the ninth to pick up his second save of the year.
The Power continues their four-game homestand with the Hagerstown Suns Saturday evening at Appalachian Power Park, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. RHP Matt Martin (first Low-A start) gets the ball for West Virginia, while Hagerstown sends righty Tomas Alastre (4-12, 5.97 ERA) to the bump. Pregame coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on The Jock 1300 and 1340 AM, as well as online at wvpower.com and via the TuneIn Radio App and MiLB First Pitch App.
Be sure to get to the ballpark early tomorrow, as the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Jarred Kelenic prospect t-shirt giveaway, courtesy of Marshall Orthopaedics. West Virginia will also host a special postgame fireworks show following the final out Saturday, presented by Constellium. Gates open at 4:30 p.m, and fans can enjoy a pregame concert by Retina on the GetGoWV stage, as well as Happy Hour specials at the Budweiser Dugout Bar. For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.
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