Power earn victory to begin weekend
Charleston, WV (August 22, 2008) - Mike Ramlow tossed four and a third scoreless innings of relief at Appalachian Power Park on Friday night while Caleb Gindl went 3-for-4 and hit his fourth homer of the series as the West Virginia Power avoided the sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Asheville Tourists.
Asheville took an early lead in the top of the first. Lars Davis and Kevin Clark ripped back-to-back one-out singles and Darin Holcomb reached on a fielder's choice to score Davis. Logan Schafer belted a two-out single in the third to score Matt Cline, tying the game at 1-1. The Power took their first lead of the series one inning later when Caleb Gindl scored on Holcomb's fielding error.
Asheville plated three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead again. David Christensen began the inning with a double and scored on Warren Schaeffer's two-bagger. Holcomb's two-out base hit scored Schaeffer to give Asheville the lead and Kevin Clark scored the final run of the inning on Eric Farris's fielding error. Eric Fryer and Steffan Wilson started the sixth inning on back-to-back singles before Caleb Gindl ripped a three-run homer to put the Power on top for good, giving him a homerun in every game of the series. It was Gindl's 13th of the season.
Mike Ramlow (5-3) was brilliant over four and a third scoreless innings of relief. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, allowed just one hit and fanned two in a winning effort. Cory Riordan (8-9) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs on nine hits over seven innings.
The Power improved to 72-58 on the year and 40-21 in the second half with the win. The Tourists fell to 80-51 on the year and 33-28 in the second half with the loss. Gindl's three-hit performance extended his hitting streak to eight games. He was the only Power player with a multi-hit game. He has scored a run in eight straight games and he has knocked in at least one run over his last five. Eric Fryer reached once on a single to bring his on base streak to 31 games. West Virginia gained a game on the Lakewood BlueClaws, who were defeated by Lake County on Matt McBride's walk off three run homer in the ninth inning.
The Power will begin a four game series against the Lexington Legends at Applebee's Park on Saturday night. The Power will start right hander R.J. Seidel (8-5, 4.94). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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