Game Notes (August 5)
The Power continues their four-game series with the Rome Braves this evening at Appalachian Power Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Josias De Los Santos (2-6, 5.06 ERA) takes the hill for West Virginia, while Rome goes with RHP Alan Rangel (9-5, 4.51 ERA).
PENA HOMERS IN 7-2 LOSS : Onil Pena blasted a solo homer in the ninth inning, but West Virginia was outslugged by the Rome Braves, 7-2, Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. Rome struck first in the opening frame, as Greg Cullen stroked a two-out RBI single to make it 1-0 Braves. Evan Johnson rebounded to toss a scoreless second inning, but Rome managed to extend their lead in the third thanks to Griffin Benson's two-run double, another two-out knock, to push their cushion to 3-0. Johnson worked his way through five innings, allowing three runs on four hits, before ceding way to Kyle Hill. However, Hill struggled in his outing and only recorded one out while surrendering three runs and leaving the bases loaded for Benjamin Onyshko. The southpaw struck out Benson and got a lineout from Jeremy Fernandez to wiggle out of the frame, and continued to roll from there. Onyshko rattled through the final 3.2 innings and coughed up just three hits while striking out a career-high eight batters. The Power finally snapped the shutout in the eighth inning, as Jake Anchia drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Pena's solo shot brought West Virginia within five, but Jose Montilla closed out the ninth to cap a three-inning save, his fourth of the season.
HONEY BUNCHES OF HITS : Since the start of his season-long 18-game hitting streak July 3 (ended July 23), Bobby Honeyman has been one of the most consistent hitters in the South Atlantic League. He has reached base safely in 26 of his 27 games in that stretch, tied for the third-most games played by any slugger in the league (Terrin Vavra, 29, Asheville). In this span, Honeyman is averaging .384 (43-for-112), the second-highest mark in the league, with two homers, 18 RBI, 20 runs scored and just 12 strikeouts. The Stony Brook product is now in the midst of his fourth hitting streak of at least eight games or more this year, as well as West Virginia's ninth overall. Honeyman is boasting a .516 (16-for-31) clip during his streak with five RBI and six multi-hit games.
SHENTON STRONG : Austin Shenton extended his hitting streak with the Power to six games with his 1-for-4 afternoon yesterday. During this stretch, Shenton is averaging .375 (9-for-24) with two homers and nine RBI. The Mariners' fifth-round selection has now reached base safely in 16 of his 18 games with the Power, as well as 36 of his first 39 professional games. The newly-minted 29th-best prospect in the Mariners system per MLB.com is boasting a .313 average with six homers and 33 RBI between Short-Season Everett and West Virginia.
HOMER HAPPY : Pena's bomb in the first inning marked West Virginia's 94th home run of the season, third-most in the South Atlantic League (Greensboro, 110 and Hickory, 124). The Power has hit 53 of their 94 homers at Appalachian Power Park, the third-highest home long ball total in the league (Hickory, 76). The 2019 West Virginia squad has the fifth-most homers a Power team has posted in team history. West Virginia's highest home run total since becoming the Power is a whopping 128 dingers in 2007.
RIP ROARING RAMIZ : Ryan Ramiz has been on a tear since July 4, when he launched a go-ahead grand slam in the 13th inning in Lexington to silence the Legends. Since that ballgame, the New Jersey native is averaging .339 (37-for-119), the sixth-best average in the SAL in that span, with three homers, 14 RBI and 18 runs scored, as well as hits in 22 of those 25 games. He posted his 12th multi-hit game during this stretch last night, as well as his 25th overall, second-most on the team to Honeyman.
SURGING SANDERS : With his 2-for-5 effort Sunday, Matt Sanders extended his hitting streak to seven games. During this streak that dates back to July 28, Sanders has a .345 (10-for-29) average with a homer and two RBI. The infielder has posted back-to-back multi-hit games, as well as six overall with West Virginia. Thanks to this recent surge, Sanders has raised his average with the Power from .255 to .293. In 18 games with West Virginia, the former Troy hurler has two homers and nine RBI.
OH MY ONSYHKO : Onyshko turned in a brilliant performance Sunday afternoon, collecting a career-best eight strikeouts while recording his second-longest outing of the season (4.2 innings, May 8 vs. Augusta). After allowing 11 earned runs over a nine-inning stretch from July 13 to 27, the Stetson product has not conceded an earned run over his last five innings of work. Onyshko tied Jamal Wade (4/6 at GRV) for the most strikeouts in an outing by a Power reliever this year.
POWER POINTS : Charlie McConnell has not committed an error in 58 consecutive games (May 15 at Charleston)... The Power went 2-for-7 with RISP, stranding 10 men on base... West Virginia committed a season-high five errors Sunday, the first time they have made five miscues since July 4, 2018... Pena homered for the first time since July 14.
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