Game Notes (May 16)
e Power concludes their three-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs this evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs (2-1, 6.75 ERA) takes the rubber for West Virginia.
RIVERDOGS WALK IT OFF IN EXTRAS: West Virginia rallied from five runs down to tie it in the ninth, but the RiverDogs were able to scratch across the winning run on a Josh Stowers RBI single in the 11th to win it, 7-6, Wednesday evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. e Power got the scoring going in the opening frame, with Jarred Kelenic smoking an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Charleston responded right back in the second, tagging Ryne Inman for a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. e RiverDogs built up a five-run advantage with one in the third and fifth before plating two in the sixth to go up 6-1. However, West Virginia clawed back into it with two runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout from Cesar Izturis Jr. and a run-scoring single from Charlie McConnell, shrinking the deficit to 6-3. In the ninth, the Power capped their comeback effort with a three-run frame against Anderson Munoz, as Nick Rodriguez brought in Onil Pena with a groundout, Dean Nevarez scored on a wild pitch and J.R. Davis blooped a single to center that tied the game at six. Meanwhile, Devin Sweet contained the RiverDogs for the seventh and eighth, allowing just one hit, while Dayesion Arias stranded Stowers at third in the bottom of the ninth by striking out the side to send us to extras. Neither team was able to scratch a run across in the 10th, and Aaron McGarity held West Virginia scoreless in the top of the 11th, while Charleston immediately moved their placed on runner to third on a sacrifice bunt for the second straight inning, and Stowers stroked his two-out game-winning knock to center field.
OH MY ONIL: Pena has thrived in his first two games against the RiverDogs, going 3-for-6 with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored. e first baseman became the second Power batter to homer in consecutive games this season with his fourth-inning blast in the series opener Tuesday (Kelenic, April 26 and 27 against Asheville). e Dominican Republic native is also riding a season-long 11-game on-base streak, during which he is averaging .237 (9-for-38) with three homers, four RBI, two doubles, seven runs scored and eight walks.
ALMIGHTY ANCHIA: Jake 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 (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 Rome.
PILING UP THE STRIKEOUTS: West Virginia's pitching staff compiled 13 strikeouts Wednesday evening, fanning double-digit batters for the 22nd 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 393 total strikeouts are third-most in the South Atlantic League, but sit just three behind the leaders, Charleston and Kannapolis.
BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS: West Virginia dropped its seventh game by one run this season, moving their record to 7-7 in one-run contests in 2019. e Power has played the sixth-most one-run games in the South Atlantic League (Greenville, 20, 9-11). However, West Virginia is tied for the fourth-best winning percentage in one-run affairs at .500.
DOMINANT DAYEISON: ough Arias was saddled with the loss last night, he tossed 2.2 solid innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four. Arias spun 2.2 innings for the second time in his career, while his four punchouts set a new season-high. e reliever has not allowed an earned run in his last eight appearances, spanning 12.2 innings. During that stretch, he has struck out 17 batters compared to just three walks. Arias has only ceded an earned run in three of his team-high 15 appearances.
RODRIGUEZ STARTING TO ROLL: Rodriguez has reached base safely in eight of his last nine games, dating back to May 5. In that span, the infielder has posted a .310 (9-for-29) clip with three RBI, two runs scored and two doubles.
ROAD WOES: West Virginia has dropped its last seven road games, dating back to May 2 in Lakewood, when the BlueClaws thumped the Power, 10-0. West Virginia holds a 6-12 road mark, the fourth-worst winning percentage away from their friendly confines. e Power has not lost more than seven road games since an eight-game stretch 7/13-7/26/18.
POWER POINTS: West Virginia is 1-14 when allowing six or more runs in a game... e Power dropped their fourth game of the year when outhitting their opponent (14-4)... West Virginia dropped to 16-6 when scoring first in a game.
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