West Virginia won their sixth straight game and the BlueClaws dropped the series opener 8-2 on Monday night.
CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia used a five-run bottom of the sixth and nine strikeouts from starter Mike Wallace to pull away and top the BlueClaws 8-2 on Monday night at Appalachian Power Park.
The BlueClaws (20-24/60-54) had won five of their last six games, while the Power (23-21/53-57) have now won six games in a row.
Wallace (3-6) struck out nine hitters over 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs, both in the seventh after he threw six scoreless to open the night.
The Power got a first inning run on an Albert Baur SAC fly, which would be the only run allowed by Lakewood starter Alejandro Requena.
Requena (9-4), making his second start for the BlueClaws after coming over in a trade from the Rockies, gave up one run in five innings, allowing three hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
After Requena came out after five, the Power scored five times in the sixth inning off Jonathan Hennigan. The first two runs came on an Albert Baur single. Yoel Gonzalez added an RBI double and Ryan doubled in two for a 6-0 lead.
The BlueClaws got on the board in the top of the seventh inning. After Darick Hall and Austin Listi started the inning with base hits, Gregori Rivero them both in to cut the Power lead to 6-2. Lakewood would load the bases, but reliever Ronny Agustin got Daniel Brito to fly out to left field, ending the inning with the bases left loaded.
The Power added one run in the eighth off Gustavo Armas and a run in the eighth off Jake Kelzer on an RBI double from Arden Pabst.
Darick Hall was on base three times, picking up two hits and getting hit by a pitch, in the loss for the BlueClaws.
The series with the Power continues on Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. LHP Nick Fanti (7-2) starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Stephen Mayer (1-0).
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