Rosa's Three-Hit Night Not Enough in One-Run Loss
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Joseph Rosa roped two doubles and a base hit, but the Power fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 6-5, Thursday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Just like the first two games of the series, the Grasshoppers (32-14) struck first in the opening frame, this time for two runs off Deivy Florido. Greensboro added two more in the top of the third on a Mason Martin homer to right-center field that thrusted the Grasshoppers out to a 4-0 edge.
West Virginia (22-24) answered in the third on a Ryan Ramiz RBI single that, coupled with a fielding error in right by Brett Kinneman, cut the lead in half as Rosa and Johnny Slater came around to score. Ramiz was brought home shortly thereafter on a Jarred Kelenic single to bring the Power within one at 4-3.
In the fourth, West Virginia tied the game on Rosa's RBI double off the base of the right-field wall. Slater delivered an RBI single a couple batters later that plated Rosa and handed the Power a 5-4 advantage.
Greensboro retaliated with a run in the fifth to tie the game before Josias De Los Santos (0-3) entered in the sixth. The 19-year-old surrendered an unearned run in his first inning of work, as Zac Susi grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, vaulting the Grasshoppers in front 6-5.
Both bullpens shined in the later innings, as neither conceded a run over the final three frames. Rosa singled to start the West Virginia half of the ninth to bring the winning run to the plate, but John O'Reilly (S, 2) shut the door and retired the following three hitters to end the game.
Brad Case (7-1) battled through six innings to pick up the win, ceding five runs (four earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts.
West Virginia concludes their four-game set with Greensboro Thursday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Clay Chandler (4-2, 2.91 ERA) heads to the hill for the Power, while the Grasshoppers counter with righty Steven Jennings (2-5, 6.42 ERA). 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 keeps rolling amidst their longest homestand of 2019 with another installment of postgame fireworks Friday evening! The Kanawha Valley's best pyrotechnical show follows Friday's home game, courtesy of the UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia and Suddenlink. The highlight of the homestand comes Saturday, May 25, on Redneck Night with an Austin Meadows bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans in the ballpark. For tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.
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