CHARLESTON, W. Va. (July 15, 2019) - Clay Chandler, Kyle Hill and Sal Biasi combined to three-hit the Columbia Fireflies Monday night, as the Power claimed the series opener, 5-0, at Appalachian Power Park.Chandler (8-5) shined early on the bump for West Virginia, as he retired the first eight Firefly (13-12,
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (July 15, 2019) - Clay Chandler, Kyle Hill and Sal Biasi combined to three-hit the Columbia Fireflies Monday night, as the Power claimed the series opener, 5-0, at Appalachian Power Park.
Chandler (8-5) shined early on the bump for West Virginia, as he retired the first eight Firefly (13-12, 37-54) hitters until Gerson Molina singled in the infield to break up the dazzling streak.
Ryan Ramiz got the offense going immediately for the Power in the bottom of the first, as he laced a triple down the right-field line and scored just one pitch later on a Mike Salvatore sacrifice fly that handed West Virginia (12-13, 49-46) a 1-0 lead.
Ramiz continued his torrid stretch in the third, turning around Christian James' (3-8) 3-2 offering 424 feet for a no-doubt roundtripper over the right-field wall that extended the Power lead to 2-0. Chandler asserted his dominance through the middle innings, as the right-hander twirled a perfect fourth frame and stacked up a scoreless fifth after working around a leadoff double by Wagner Lagrange.
Bobby Honeyman led off the sixth inning with a bloop double that settled down the right-field line as Austin Shenton strutted to the plate. Shenton, in his Power debut, smashed a 1-1 fastball over the right-center field wall, a two-run dinger that grew the West Virginia lead to 4-0. After a three-up, three-down sixth, Chandler hurled a one-two-three seventh to finish his magnificent outing.
The Kentucky native concluded his night with six strikeouts, no walks and only three hits allowed. He worked through the seventh inning for the first time since June 4 against Hickory, when he spun an 8.1-inning masterpiece. The 25-year-old gave up just three base runners total and did not have a runner make it past second base all night, while only utilizing no more than 17 pitches in each frame.
The Power plated another run in the seventh, as Julio reached base with two outs on a throwing error from Ronny Mauricio and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One batter later, Honeyman singled to center field for his fourth hit of the ballgame and scored Julio from second to make it 5-0.
West Virginia's bullpen shined for the final two innings, as Hill threw a perfect eighth and struck out two Columbia batters, while Biasi came on and shut the door on the Fireflies in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts as well.
The Power continues their three-game series against the Columbia Fireflies Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Ryne Inman (7-6, 4.79 ERA) heads to the hill for West Virginia, while Columbia counters with righty Tylor Megill (3-1, 1.48 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 seven-game homestand continues with a Rock 105 Two for Tuesday and Olympic Night with special ticket packages available, ranging from $12-$15. As always, fans can enjoy 2-for-1 concession specials and purchase two-for-one tickets only at the Power Box Office. Also if the Power wins Tuesday night, all fans are invited to run the bases postgame. The highlight of the homestand comes on Friday, July 19, with Faith and Family Night, presented by Mako Medical Laboratories and NewLife 94.5! Come experience a night of music, faith and baseball at the ballpark! Enjoy pregame concerts by Kyle Huffman, the winner of the NewLife 94.5 Power Factor competition, and Todd Agnew, as well as postgame fireworks, courtesy of TC Energy and Suddenlink! For tickets and more information, call the Power at 304-344-2287 or visit www.wvpower.com.