Power Holds RiverDogs to Three Hits in 1-0 Loss
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Juan Then tossed a quality start and the Power pitching staff allowed just three hits as West Virginia fell to Charleston, 1-0, Wednesday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
Then (1-0), in his West Virginia (26-32, 63-65) debut, set the tone early with two strikeouts in the first inning as he retired the side in order. Throughout the first four frames, he set down all 12 Charleston (30-28, 66-61) hitters and took a perfect game into the fifth. However, in the fifth inning, Then issued a leadoff walk to Josh Breaux that gave the RiverDogs their first baserunner of the night.
The 19-year-old fanned the next two hitters and kept Breaux at first before Oliver Dunn notched an opposite field single that also took away the potential for a no-hitter. Two pitches later, Welfrin Mateo singled to right, plated Breaux and handed Charleston a 1-0 lead at the end of five.
West Virginia threatened in three straight frames with a base hit from Caleb Ricca and a double from Nick Rodriguez that put runners in scoring position. The Power were silenced by Josh Maciejewski (2-1), who was also stellar in his starting role, as he kept the Power scoreless through five innings despite the threats.
Then finished his outing with six innings of work before he gave way to Bryan Pall who tossed a scoreless inning of relief work in the seventh. The scoreless frame for Pall marks his 11th straight inning without a run, dating back to July 1. Robert Winslow made his Power debut in the eighth, worked a three-up, three-down frame as well and struck out his first batter in full-season action for out number two in the inning.
Maciejewski hurled eight scoreless and secured a career-high seven strikeouts and gave way to Carlos Espinal (S,5) in the ninth who set down the side in order to secure a 1-0 RiverDogs win. The game took one hour and 59 minutes, the shortest game of the season for both organizations, and marks the seventh straight loss for West Virginia against Charleston.
West Virginia concludes their three-game series against the RiverDogs Thursday evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Josias De Los Santos (4-7, 4.56 ERA) gets the ball for West Virginia, while Charleston will send RHP Yoendrys Gomez (0-2, 5.40 ERA) to the bump. 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 returns to Appalachian Power Park on Friday, August 23, as West Virginia welcomes in the Lakewood BlueClaws for a three-game set. The weekend kicks off with WOWK Night at the ballpark, where WOWK news anchors will sign autographs pregame and throw out a first pitch. Following the final out, fans will get a sneak peek at the upcoming CBS lineup coming this fall on the videoboard. Additionally, the Kanahwa Valley's best pyrotechincal show returns for another Fireworks Friday, presented by Pioneer WV Federal Credit Union. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans through the gates, which open at 4:30 p.m., will receive a Cole Tucker bobblehead giveaway, courtesy of the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council. For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.
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