Trio of Homers Not Enough in 10-7 Loss to Greensboro
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Jarred Kelenic, Charlie McConnell and Nick Rodriguez each homered as the Power mounted a furious five-run comeback in the last two innings, but ultimately came up short in a 10-7 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Greensboro (30-14) opened the flood gates early with a four-run first inning off four hits to take an early 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, the Power (22-22) got one back off McConnell's leadoff home run, his first dinger of the season, sailing 393 feet over the right-field wall.
After the long ball, the Grasshoppers tacked on another run in the second and Greensboro starter Colin Selby (1-0) retired the next nine hitters in the Power order through the first three innings. Damon Casetta-Stubbs (2-3) lasted just three innings and surrendered five earned runs on eight hits. The Power got back on the board in the fourth, when Kelenic unloaded on a fastball for his eighth roundtripper of the year to close the gap to 5-2 Greensboro.
The Grasshoppers touched up the Power bullpen for five runs over the next two innings to take a commanding 10-2 lead into the eighth. However, in the bottom of the eighth, West Virginia made it a game with Jake Anchia's two-run double and three runs in the frame to climb back to a five-run deficit.
In the top of the ninth, Rodriguez entered to pitch for the first time in his Minor League career, and tossed a scoreless inning against the top of the Greensboro order. Onil Pena led off the bottom of the inning with a single and came around to score, as Rodriguez crushed a fastball over the left-field wall and brought West Virginia back within three. However, after Yerry De Los Santos (S, 2) came in for Braeden Ogle, the Power were shut down with nothing further in the ninth as Greensboro secured the 10-7 win.
West Virginia continues their four-game set with the Grasshoppers Wednesday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. LHP Steven Moyers (3-3, 4.40 ERA) heads to the hill for the Power, while Greensboro counters with RHP Alex Manasa (4-0, 3.55 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 with their longest homestand of 2019 Wednesday night with another Pets in the Park night! Bring your favorite furry friends out to the ballpark! Pet passes are just $3.00, with all proceeds going to animal-related charities. 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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