Ogle, Early Offense Help Power Down RiverDogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A quality start from Braeden Ogle and another aggressive night for West Virginia's offense led the Power to a 5-1 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Ogle (1-0) tossed six innings, tying his career-high, and allowed just one run on six hits while striking out four batters. The Palm City, Fla., native registered his second career quality start in the Minor Leagues.
The 2016 fourth-rounder did not run into trouble until the fifth, as the first two batters reached safely. However, Ogle's defense and a baserunning blunder enabled him to get out of the inning unscathed. With two on and nobody out in the fifth, Charleston (5-6) catcher Jason Lopez smoked a line drive to Chris Sharpe in left. Sharpe reeled it in on the fly and quickly hurled the ball to second base, doubling off Leonardo Molina, who had trekked too far off the bag. Ogle then retired Oswaldo Cabrera two batters later to subdue the threat.
The Power (6-5) offense roared out of the gates early, tallying three runs in the second inning. Sharpe contributed on the offensive side as well, bringing in Deon Stafford with a two-out bloop single to right-center. The West Virginia outfielder leads the team with a .333 batting average.
Sharpe would score, along with Kyle Watson, who reached on a walk, a few batters later when Lolo Sanchez cracked a two-run double off the left field wall. The Pirates' 10th-best prospect per MLB.com finished the game 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.
The bats did not relent against RiverDogs starter Daniel Ramos (1-1), who lasted just three innings while surrendering five runs on seven hits and three walks. The Power tacked on two more runs in the fourth courtesy of a sharply-stroked single by Calvin Mitchell and a sacrifice fly from Rodolfo Castro.
Steven Sensley drove in the RiverDogs' only run of the game in the sixth with a double to right-center, but was thrown out trying to reach third base on a great throw by Stafford to Dylan Busby. That play marked the last scoring chance Charleston would get tonight.
Jacob Taylor (S, 1) slammed the door on Charleston over the final three frames to earn his first career save, retiring all nine men he faced, including five via the strikeout. The Power retired 10 consecutive batters to end the game.
The RiverDogs' bullpen was equally as impressive, as Chad Martin and Anderson Severino spun six scoreless frames in relief of Ramos.
The Power continue their three-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs on Tuesday evening at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Sergio Cubilete (0-1, 11.57 ERA) will toe the slab for West Virginia against Charleston righty Garrett Whitlock (0-1, 3.60 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on WSCW 1410 AM The Light, as well as online at wvpower.com, via the TuneIn Radio App and the MiLB First Pitch App.
The Power return home on April 19 for an eight-game homestand against the Asheville Tourists and the Rome Braves, with tons of promotions on tap, including another Thirsty Thursday, presented by Rock 105, a postgame fireworks show, presented by Electric 102.7, and Brewfest CharlieWest on Saturday with a 2:05 p.m. first pitch, sponsored by Rock 105. Our first Pets in the Park is on April 25, while Family Buck Night returns on Monday, April 23. For tickets and more information, call 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.
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