Five-Run Third Too Much for Power in 6-3 Loss
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jarred Kelenic launched his seventh home run of the season, but the Grasshoppers used a five-run third inning to pull away from West Virginia in a 6-3 win Saturday night at First National Bank Field.
Greensboro (18-10) was able to break through in the third against Ryne Inman (3-2), who had previously retired four of the last five batters he faced via the strikeout. However, the Grasshoppers sent eight men to the plate in the third and score five times, with Rodolfo Castro capping the frame with a grand slam that just got over the right-field fence and made it 5-0 Greensboro.
West Virginia (17-10) scratched the scoreboard in the fourth, as Kelenic worked a walk to lead off the inning before swiping second and moving to third on a fielding error by Castro. After Onil Pena struck out swinging, Ryan Ramiz laced a double to left that plated Kelenic and shrunk the deficit to 5-1.
Kelenic went back to work in the sixth, stroking a 368-foot two-run shot off Alex Manasa (3-0) to pull the Power within two at 5-3. The Mariners' second-best prospect also extended his on-base streak to 21 games (dating back to April 10) with a first-inning single.
Castro, however, answered in the bottom of the seventh inning, crushing his second home run of the night to left-center, this time batting from the right side of the plate, against Benjamin Onyshko to increase the Grasshoppers' lead back to three.
Samuel Reyes (S, 3) picked up his third save in as many tries after tossing the final two frames and allowing just one hit.
In the loss, Devin Sweet, the Greensboro native, struck out the side in his lone inning of work, while Matthew Willrodt fanned two in 1.1 innings in his first game back with the Power.
West Virginia and Greensboro continue their series Sunday afternoon at First National Bank Field, with first pitch set for 2:00 p.m. RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs (2-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the hill for the Power, while the Grasshoppers send righty Brad Case (3-1, 2.20 ERA) to the hill. Pregame coverage begins at 1:40 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.
The next homestand at Appalachian Power Park gets underway on May 8th against the Augusta GreenJackets with our next Pets at the Park night. Bring your favorite furry friends out to the ballpark! Pet passes are just $3.00, with all proceeds going to animal-related charities. The highlight of the homestand comes on Saturday, May 11th, against the Kannapolis Intimidators, with Military Appreciation Night, presented by Poca Valley Bank, and a patriotic fanny pack giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. For tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.
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