Nevarez Goes Yard in 8-2 Loss
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Dean Nevarez crushed his third home run of the season, but West Virginia dropped its fourth straight game Sunday afternoon, falling 8-2 to the Greensboro Grasshoppers at First National Bank Field.
Nevarez went deep to lead off the seventh inning against Brad Case (4-1), who was otherwise stellar for the Grasshoppers (19-10). The righty allowed one other run later in the seventh, as Ryan Ramiz doubled following Nevarez's long ball and scored on a fielder's choice to shrink West Virginia's deficit to 8-2.
Greensboro struck first in the opening frame against Damon Casetta-Stubbs (2-1), who had not given up a run in his first two starts with the Power (17-11). However, Mason Martin broke that streak, driving in Lolo Sanchez with a base hit to right for a 1-0 Grasshoppers lead.
For the second straight game, Greensboro hung a big five-run inning on West Virginia, this time in the second. Brett Kinneman led off with a double and quickly stole third, but was gunned down on a fielder's choice play at the plate by Connor Hoover for the first out of the frame. Zack Kone, who reached on the fielder's choice, worked his way to third on a base hit from Pat Dorrian and a fielding error by Ramiz. Zac Susi plated Kone with an RBI ground out, while Sanchez and Fabricio Macias laced back-to-back run-scoring singles to pull Greensboro ahead 4-0. Martin provided the final blow, lofting a two-run shot to right-center to make it 6-0 Grasshoppers.
Greensboro would tack on one more in the fifth and sixth innings, with Brett Kinneman stroking an RBI double and Sanchez ripping a run-scoring triple to push the lead to 8-0.
West Virginia and Greensboro conclude their series Monday morning at First National Bank Field, with first pitch set for 10:45 a.m. LHP Steven Moyers (2-1, 3.81 ERA) toes the slab for the Power, while the Grasshoppers counter with righty Nicholas Economos (3-1, 2.08 ERA) to the hill. Pregame coverage begins at 10:25 a.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 next homestand at Appalachian Power Park gets underway on May 8th against the Augusta GreenJackets with our next Pets at the Park night. Bring your favorite furry friends out to the ballpark! Pet passes are just $3.00, with all proceeds going to animal-related charities. The highlight of the homestand comes on Saturday, May 11th, against the Kannapolis Intimidators, with Military Appreciation Night, presented by Poca Valley Bank, and a patriotic fanny pack giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. For tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.
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