Late BlueClaws Rally Sinks Power in Finale
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - West Virginia squandered a 4-1 lead late, as Lakewood scored four runs in the eighth to take down the Power, 7-4, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Park.
After a pair of scoreless frames, West Virginia (2-2, 39-35) got on the board first in the top of the third, as Utah Jones doubled with one out and Julio Rodriguez roped an RBI single to drive in Jones to make it 1-0 Power. Josias De Los Santos put together another solid outing, tossing four scoreless innings before Lakewood (2-2, 31-43) tied the game at one on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Power answered in the top of the sixth, as David Sheaffer smacked a two-run double and Onil Pena followed with an RBI double of his own to tally three runs and hand West Virginia a 4-1 lead. Lakewood responded with two in the bottom of the inning to cut the Power's lead to one.
Things slipped away from West Virginia in the eighth, with Lakewood stringing together a four-run frame off Deivy Florido (2-3) on four hits to take a commanding 7-4 lead into the ninth inning. Despite a Charlie McConnell two-out double, Mark Potter (S,4) shut the door in the final frame for a 7-4 BlueClaws win and a series split with the Power.
Ethan Lindow (4-2) earned the win for Lakewood, finishing his three-inning outing with eight consecutive strikeouts.
West Virginia now travels to North Carolina for a three-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers Monday night at First National Bank Field, with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. RHP Clay Chandler (7-3, 3.56 ERA) gets the ball for the Power, while the Grasshoppers counter with RHP Alex Manasa (6-1, 3.31 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:40 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 Power returns to Appalachian Power Park on Thursday, June 27, to begin a seven-game homestand against the Kannapolis Intimidators and Hickory Crawdads. It's Wheelers Weekend in downtown Charleston, with West Virginia honoring their former moniker over a three-day stretch from June 28-30. On June 29, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Dan Wilson replica Wheelers jersey giveaway! For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.
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