Game Notes (May 15)
e Power continues their three-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs this evening, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. RHP Ryne Inman (4-2, 3.38 ERA) toes the slab for West Virginia.
RIVERDOGS WALK IT OFF IN OPENER: Jake Anchia and Onil Pena smacked a pair of fourth-inning homers, but West Virginia fell in walk-off fashion, 6-5, to the Charleston RiverDogs Tuesday evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. e RiverDogs tagged Clay Chandler for an early 1-0 lead on a lead-off home run from Brandon Lockridge in the bottom of the first, but the Power responded right back in the top of the second. Ryan Ramiz and Bobby Honeyman started the frame with back-to-back doubles against Jio Orozco, with Honeyman's two-bagger plating Ramiz to tie the game at one. Honeyman would come around to score later in the frame on a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Mickey Gasper, vaulting West Virginia ahead, 2-1. Charleston answered with three runs in the third, capped by a two-run homer from former Mariners' prospect Josh Stowers, his first of the season, to give the RiverDogs a 4-2 edge. However, Pena unleashed on the first pitch he saw in the fourth for a solo bomb, while Anchia snuck one inside the left-field foul pole two batters later to tie the game at four. e Power took a short-lived lead at 5-4 in the fifth on Ramiz's second double of the evening, scoring Jarred Kelenic all the way from first, but Charleston wasted no time getting it back in the home half of the frame. Jefry Valdez and David Ellingson kept both teams at bay until the bottom of the ninth, when the RiverDogs managed to load the bases with one out. Ellingson then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Lockridge to score the winning run. Orozco and Valdez set down the final 14 West Virginia batters following Ramiz's fifth-inning double.
ALMIGHTY ANCHIA: Anchia had been on quite the tear recently, averaging .391 (9-for-23) in his last six games with four homers and nine RBI. e backstop recorded his first career multi-home run game in ursday's twin bill opener, becoming the third Power batter to do so this season (Dean Nevarez, April 26 vs. Asheville and Kelenic, April 27 vs. Asheville). Anchia is the first batter to homer in back-to-back at-bats since Trae Arbet on April 12, 2017, vs. Asheville. e Nova Southeastern product collected a career-best five RBI ursday, the first West Virginia slugger to accomplish the feat since Deon Stafford's six-RBI effort August 11, 2018, at ROM.
OH MY ONIL: Pena drilled his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 6-5 loss to Charleston. at blast marked the second straight game that Pena has led off the fourth inning with a home run. e first baseman is the second Power batter to homer in consecutive games this season (Kelenic, April 26 and 27 against Asheville). With Anchia and Pena's dingers, West Virginia now has 31 home runs as a team, tied with Charleston for the third-most in the league, with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Hickory Crawdads leading the way with 42 home runs each.
PILING UP THE STRIKEOUTS: West Virginia's pitching staff compiled 12 strikeouts Tuesday evening, fanning double-digit batters for the 21st time. eir season-high in strikeouts is 19, which they have accomplished twice (April 6 at Greenville and April 15 vs. Lakewood). e Power's 380 total strikeouts are third-most in the South Atlantic League.
A CRACKED MOLD: Chandler did not have his best stuff Tuesday evening, but still managed to grit his way through six innings for the fourth straight start. ough he did not register a quality start for the fourth straight outing, he still struck out at least five batters for the fourth consecutive game. Chandler also saw his no-walk streak broken in the fifth, snapping a span of 32.1 innings where the Kentucky native did not issue a free pass (dating back to April 16 vs. LWD).
BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS: West Virginia dropped its sixth game by one run this season, moving their record to 7-6 in one-run contests in 2019. e Power has played the sixth-most one-run games in the South Atlantic League (Greenville, 19, 8-11). However, West Virginia does hold the fifth-best winning percentage in one-run affairs at .538.
FLOURISHING FLORIDO: Deivy Florido has been an immediate bright spot for West Virginia since joining the Power May 6 from Extended Spring Training. In his spot start May 9 against the Augusta GreenJackets in game two of a twin bill, Florido dazzled for 5.1 innings, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out five batters. e 18-year-old made his first relief appearance with the Power Monday, twirling a scoreless sixth frame and ceding just one hit. Overall, Florido is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA, six strikeouts and no walks in two games with West Virginia.
ROAD WOES: West Virginia has dropped its last six games on the road, dating back to May 2 in Lakewood, when the BlueClaws thumped the Power, 10-0. West Virginia now holds a 6-11 road mark, the fifth-worst winning percentage away from their friendly confines. e Power has not lost more than six road games since an eight-game stretch 7/13-7/26/18.
POWER POINTS: Chandler allowed a career-high nine hits Tuesday... West Virginia went 1-for-4 with RISP Tuesday.
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