North Augusta, SC: The GreenJackets (16-16) dropped both games of the doubleheader on Thursday evening to the West Virginia Power (19-13) at Appalachian Power Park. They fell in Game #1 by a final of 11-1, and followed it up with a 6-1 loss in the 2nd game.
Game #1: The rain-filled night got off to a shaky start for the Jackets. After they stranded Ismael Munguia on 2nd base in the 1st inning, West Virginia chased GreenJackets starter, Jesus Ozoria, out of the game in the 1st inning. Ozoria walked three, and gave up five runs, headlined by a three-run home run for catcher Jake Anchia. Ozoria went just 0.2 innings.
With West Virginia leading 5-0, Anchia came to the plate in the 3rd inning, with Ryan Ramiz on-base, and hit his 2nd home run of the game. Anchia had just two home runs for the season before the night began.
Anchia's home run made it 7-0 and Clay Chandler continued to dominate on the mound for West Virginia. Chandler limited the Augusta offense to just one run when Shane Matheny hit a solo home run in the 6th inning to make it a just 7-1 lead for West Virginia. It was Matheny's 5th home run of the season.
In the 6th inning, West Virginia pounded out four more runs. A two-RBI double for Jarred Kelenic gave West Virginia a 9-1 lead. Ryan Ramiz did the exact same thing when he brought home two more runs to extend the Power lead to 11-1.
Clay Chandler throws a complete game, 7 innings, in Game #1 of the doubleheader. He struck out 7 and walked nobody to earn his 4th win of 2019.
Game #2: West Virginia picked up right where they left off from Game #1. The Power scored three times in the 1st inning off of GreenJackets starter Keaton Winn. Joseph Rosa had a two-RBI double while Ryan Ramiz's fielders choice produced a run to make it 3-0 after one.
In the 3rd inning, West Virginia continued to cause problems for the GreenJackets. Keaton Winn didn't get much help from the defense as they committed three errors in the frame and he allowed three runs. Winn ends up going 2.2 innings for the night and four of the six run he allowed were earned.
The GreenJackets scored a run in the 6th inning on a Frankie Tostado RBI-single, but the Jackets left the bases loaded in the inning and did not score again. Deivy Florido ends his night going 5.1 innings allowing just one run and getting the win for West Virginia. Luis Amaya goes 3.1 innings out of the GreenJackets bullpen and he did not allow a run, while he struck out five.
Tomorrow's Game: 7:05 PM @WV (AUG) RHP Blake Rivera (1-0, 3.74 ERA) vs (WV) RHP Ryne Inman (3-2, 3.00 ERA)
Blake Rivera's start to 2019 has been fun to watch so far this year, and in his last outing he went six innings against Hagerstown, allowing five hits, one earned run, and he struck out three. The Giants #18 Prospect according to MLB.com is holding opponents to a .195 average and his ability to mix pitches, along with his movement on the fastball has been a tough combination for hitters to handle.
Ryne Inman is a name the GreenJackets were hoping they would avoid during this series. Last time the Jackets faced Inman on April 11th, he went six innings without allowing a run. The GreenJackets scratched just two hits off him, while striking-out eight times. The Round 15 selection in 2015 will look to win the series for West Virginia.
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