Power Edged out by Asheville 4-3 Saturday Night
CHARLESTON, WV - Calvin Mitchell's two-run single pulled West Virginia ahead by two, but a strong outing from Frederis Para and two homers helped the Tourists eke by West Virginia, 4-3, Saturday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Mitchell smacked his run-scoring knock in the third, scoring Oneil Cruz and Lolo Sanchez to give the Power their first lead of the game at 3-1.
Asheville (16-17, 43-59) provided all of its offense via the home run, slamming one in the first and one in the fourth, with the latter marking the difference. Travis MacGregor (1-3) walked Casey Golden to lead off the fourth before surrendering a single to Matt McLaughlin, which set the table for Todd Czinege, who crushed his 10th homer of the season, a three-run bomb over the right field wall, to vault the Tourists ahead, 4-3.
Sean Bouchard had the other Asheville blast this evening, launching a solo shot over the right field fence in the first that put the Tourists up 1-0 in the first.
West Virginia (14-20, 51-49) pushed back in the bottom of the second, just as they did Friday night. Rodolfo Castro started the inning with a single. With two away in the frame, Rafelin Lorenzo slapped a single past the shortstop, Ryan Vilade, to score Castro and tie the game at one.
Frederis Parra (2-1) recorded his second quality start with Asheville. He twirled seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out three.
Braxton Lorenzini worked the eighth inning, ceding just one base runner on a hit by pitch and fanning a pair. Tommy Doyle (S, 8) closed out the game, retiring the top of West Virginia's order without surrendering a hit.
Oddy Nunez made his 2018 Power debut and spun three scoreless innings with one strikeout, while Drew Fischer finished out the evening, fanning the side in order in the top of the ninth.
West Virginia concludes its three-game set with the Tourists Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park, with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m. Righty Max Kranick (1-4, 4.44 ERA) gets the nod for the Power, while Asheville counters with southpaw Lucas Gilbreath (4-7, 5.07 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 1:45 p.m. on The Jock 1300 and 1340 AM, as well as online at www.wvpower.com and via the TuneIn Radio App and MiLB First Pitch App.
Sunday is Kidz Sunday Funday at Appalachian Power Park. Before the game, kids can play catch in the outfield and, afterwards, they can run the bases, presented by SMART529 College Savings Program. All 2018 Sheetz Kidz Club members receive free admission with their membership. Gates open at 1 p.m. For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.
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