Salvatore Homers But Delmarva Downs Power 9-5
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Mike Salvatore launched his first professional homer, but West Virginia allowed six unanswered runs and fell to the Delmarva Shorebirds, 9-5, Friday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Delmarva starter Drew Rom began his outing with back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning, but ran into trouble as Julio Rodriguez doubled off the wall in center field and Bobby Honeyman singled to drive him in and give the Power (14-15, 51-48) a 1-0 lead. Salvatore expanded the Power advantage to two with a solo homer to left field in the second, the first professional homer for the 2019 draftee.
Josias De Los Santos was in control early and tossed four scoreless innings to begin his start, holding the 2-0 West Virginia lead into the fifth. Delmarva (20-9, 68-30) broke through in that frame, however, with an RBI single from Robert Neustrom and a two-run single from Seamus Curran that gave the Shorebirds a 3-2 lead.
The Power answered in the bottom of the frame, as both Salvatore and Nick Rodriguez singled to lead off the inning. A couple batters later, Matt Sanders delivered with a two-run double into the left-field corner that thrust West Virginia back ahead 4-3. The Power then added another in the sixth on a Salvatore sacrifice fly off Ruben Garcia (1-0) that scored Austin Shenton and made it a 5-3 advantage.
The Shorebirds followed with a three-run top of the seventh, as Benjamin Onyshko (3-2) conceded three straight base hits that put Delmarva back on top 6-5 into stretch time. In the eighth, the Shorebirds tacked on another run following a passed ball by Jake Anchia. Delmarva then extended their lead with two more runs in the inning on four base hits as the Power fell behind 9-5.
Travis Kuhn struck out the side in the top of the ninth, but the West Virginia lineup was retired in order by Felix Bautista in the bottom half to close out a 9-5 Delmarva win.
The Power continues their four-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday evening at Appalachian Power Park, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. LHP Nate Fisher (first Low-A start) toes the slab for West Virginia, while Delmarva will send RHP Grayson Rodriguez (7-2, 2.15 ERA) to the bump. Pregame coverage begins at 5:45 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.
Get your scout troop together and come out to Appalachian Power Park for Scout Night on Saturday! Troops can participate in pregame scout activities beginning at 5:30 p.m., as well as receive a commemorative scout patch. Scouts will also camp out on the outfield grass at Appalachian Power Park and enjoy a movie on the videoboard postgame. Purchase your Campout Package for $17 today by contacting George Levandoski at 304-414-4111! Also, the first 1,000 fans through the gates, which open at 4:30 p.m., will receive a cooler bag giveaway! Additionally, XA The Kid DJ will perform pregame on the GetGoWV stage, while fans of age can enjoy Happy Hour specials. For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.
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