Darick Hall hit his 22nd home run but the BlueClaws fell 2-1 at West Virginia on Tuesday night.
CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia took the lead on an infield single from Clark Eagan in the eighth and the BlueClaws left two on base in the ninth as the Power topped Lakewood 2-1 on Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Eagan's infield hit off Casey Brown (2-2) scored Victor Fernandez after Fernandez led off the inning with a walk. Brown, who took the loss, had thrown two scoreless innings and was one out away from getting through a third when Eagan's soft ground ball glanced off the glove of Luke Williams.
West Virginia (24-21/52-57) has now won seven straight games and 11 straight home games. The BlueClaws (20-25/60-55) had won five of their previous six games before dropping the first two games against the Power in this series.
The BlueClaws had a chance in the ninth inning off Dylan Prohoroff (2-1). Darick Hall singled to start the inning, and Lakewood had two on with one out, but David Martinelli flew to center and Luke Williams struck out to end the game.
Lakewood got on the board in the second inning on a line drive home run by Darick Hall that cleared the right-centerfield fence. For Hall, it was his league-leading 22nd home run of the year, which pulls him to within two of Jose Pujols' franchise record of 24 set last year.
The Power got their lone run off Nick Fanti in the bottom of the third when Clark Eagen reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Garrett Brown to tie the game at one.
Fanti came out after five innings, allowing one run on three hits, and did not factor in the decision. Fanti struck out seven without a walk.
Power starter Stephan Meyer gave up one run over six innings and did not factor in the decision.
Darick Hall had three hits including his home run for the BlueClaws, while Jesus Alastre had two. Alastre is hitting .333 since joining Lakewood on July 4th.
The BlueClaws and Power finish their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 pm. RHP Mauricio Llovera (1-1) starts for Lakewood opposite Power LHP Oddy Nunez (3-6).
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