Late-Inning Rally Falls Short in Extras
ARLESTON, S.C. - The Power rallied from five runs down to send the game to extra frames, but the Charleston RiverDogs walked it off for the second straight night, 7-6, in 11 innings Wednesday evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
West Virginia (20-18) got the scoring going in the opening frame, as Charlie McConnell led off with a base hit against RiverDogs starter Daniel Bies and quickly swiped second. After a J.R. Davis groundout moved McConnell to third, Jarred Kelenic ripped an RBI single to right to give the Power a 1-0 lead.
Ryne Inman started strong in the first, setting down Charleston (22-17) in order, but the RiverDogs struck back in the second. Inman induced a fly out from Canaan Smith for the first out of the frame, but then allowed the next four batters to reach on three singles and a walk. Frederick Cuevas and Eduardo Navas provided the latter two knocks, stroking back-to-back run-scoring singles to vault Charleston ahead 2-1.
The RiverDogs tacked on another run in the third on a Mitchell Robinson double that scored Josh Stowers, who reached on a walk to begin the inning. Stowers would work his way around the bases again in the fifth, as the former Mariners' prospect was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a fielding error by McConnell as he misplayed a base hit from Smith in left.
Inman lasted five innings for the second consecutive start, ceding four runs on five hits with six strikeouts. The Atlanta native now leads the Power in strikeouts with 52.
Sal Biasi relieved Inman in the sixth and immediately ran into trouble, walking the first two batters he faced before hitting Eduardo Torrealba with a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Brandon Lockridge brought in Cuevas with a fielder's choice grounder to short, and Ricky Surum drove a sacrifice fly to center that extended the lead to 6-1 Charleston.
West Virginia started to chip away at the five-run deficit in the seventh, as the Power were able to load the bases with one away without the use of a hit against RiverDogs' reliever Anderson Munoz. Cesar Izturis Jr. sent Honeyman in from third with a groundout to second, while McConnell followed that up with an RBI single to right that closed the gap to 6-3.
Devin Sweet kept Charleston at bay for the seventh and eighth innings, ceding just one hit and a walk while striking out three batters.
The Power launched a valiant three-run comeback effort in the ninth, as Onil Pena led off the inning with a base hit and Dean Nevarez laced a double to left that put runners at second and third with nobody out and brought the tying run to the plate. Nick Rodriguez plated Pena with a groundout to the third, while Nevarez came around to score on a wild pitch two batters later, making it 6-5 Charleston. After McConnell grounded out to short for the second out of the inning, Davis blooped a base hit to center that scored Izturis Jr. and tied the game at six, capping five unanswered runs for West Virginia.
Dayeison Arias (0-1) worked around a leadoff walk to Stowers in the bottom of the ninth, striking out the next three batters he faced and stranding Stowers, the winning run, at third after he stole a pair of bases in the inning.
Neither team was able to score in the 10th, as the Power were held scoreless by Aaron McGarity (2-2) despite moving the go-ahead run in Johnny Slater to third base. In the bottom of the frame, the RiverDogs immediately moved their placed on runner, Robinson, to third with a sacrifice bunt, but Arias induced a pop out and a groundout to leave Robinson 90 feet away.
McGarity kept West Virginia off the board in the 11th as well, striking out McConnell and Davis to prevent Nevarez from scoring. Just like they did in the 10th, Charleston quickly pushed its placed on runner to third with a sacrifice bunt. Arias battled back to fan Surum for the second out, but Stowers stung a base hit to center field to walk it off for Charleston.
The Power will try to salvage the series finale against the RiverDogs Thursday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs (2-1, 6.75 ERA) heads to the hill for West Virginia, while Charleston counters with RHP Luis Gil (1-2, 1.00 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 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 will be back at home from May 21-28 for eight games, their longest homestand of 2019. West Virginia welcomes in the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Lexington Legends, with the highlight of the homestand coming Saturday, May 25, on Redneck Night with an Austin Meadows bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans in the ballpark. For tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.
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