Five Errors Haunt Power
Charleston, WV (August 20, 2009) - Defensive mishaps cost the Power for the second night in a row as they committed five errors on Thursday night at Appalachian Power Park, and fell 7-3 to the Asheville Tourists.
Starling Marte ripped a one out double off the wall in left center field in the bottom of the first and scored on Kyle Morgan's two-out single to give the Power their only lead of the game. Asheville tied the game in the top of the third on David Christensen's run scoring single. The Tourists plated four runs on four hits and took advantage of two errors. Patrick Rose started the inning and reached on Adenson Chourio's fielding error. Christensen stepped in with two on and ripped a single into left field to bring Rose home. The ball went under Quincy Latimore's glove in left field, and the error allowed another run to score. Jordan Pacheco followed with an RBI single and scored later in the fifth on Thomas Field's double.
West Virginia inched a little closer with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Greg Picart started the inning with a base hit and scored on Tony Sanchez's sacrifice fly. Quincy Latimore's groundout plated Startling Marte to bring the Power within two, but that was as close as they'd get. Field smacked an RBI double in the sixth inning to help the Tourists pull away and they got one last insurance run in the eighth on Scott Robinson's RBI single.
Jonnathan Aristil (3-8) allowed three runs on three hits and fanned six in five innings to secure the victory. Hunter Strickland (3-1) allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings and was tagged with the loss. Only five of the seven runs surrendered by the Power were earned runs. They have committed ten errors in their last two games.
West Virginia fell to 56-63 overall, and 29-20 in the second half after the loss, while the Tourists improved to 52-62 overall and 32-19 in the second half after the victory. Kyle Morgan paced the Power with a 2-for-3 performance and extended his on base streak to 11 games. Sanchez's Sac Fly RBI in the sixth inning extended his RBI streak to eight games.
West Virginia will begin a four game series with the Greenville Drive at Appalachian Power Park on Friday night. The Power will start right hander Aaron Pribanic (1-1, 3.21) and the Greenville Drive will counter with right hander Stolmy Pimentel (0-0, 0.00). The first pitch will be delivered at 7:05 PM.
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