Charleston, WV (April 20, 2017) - The West Virginia Power lost in eleven innings to the Lakewood BlueClaws 2-1 on Thursday. The loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Power and ends a two-game losing streak for the BlueClaws.
Cam Vieaux took to the mound for West Virginia top open a seven-game homestand. Vieaux, making his third start of the season, worked around a pair of walks in the first and settled down for his 6.0 innings. Lakewood touched home once during the first nine innings, coming across in the fifth. Alex Wojciechowski led off the frame with a single and was doubled in two batters later by Danny Zardon.
The BlueClaws sent Ranger Suarez to the hill in his third outing of the year. Suarez struck out ten Power batters over his 7.0 innings. The seven-inning outing fell one frame shy of tying a career high. West Virginia was held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning.
Carlos Munoz reached first on a one out infield single and was promptly pinch ran for by Logan Ratledge. With a 1-2 count and two outs on Chris Harvey, Lakewood reliever Jonathan Hennigen missed in the dirt, allowing Ratledge to take off for second. The throw from catcher Henri Lartigue rolled into center which saw Ratledge moving towards third. The ball skipped under the glove of centerfielder Carlos Duran and Ratledge came all the way home from first to tie the game at one.
For the fourth time at home in eight games at Appalachian Power Park, the Power went to extras. A close play at the plate saw Jose Antequera of the BlueClaws slide in ahead of a tag to regain the lead in the top of the eleventh. West Virginia could not answer the tally in the bottom of the inning as they dropped the series opener 2-1. Will Hibbs of Lakewood was given the win, his third, while Jordan Jess suffered the loss, his first.
The Power and BlueClaws take to the diamond again on Friday. Matt Anderson (1-0) will toss for West Virginia while Adonis Medina (0-1) will go for Lakewood. First pitch is set for 7:05 P.M. and a firework night at the ballpark will close out the evening. Tickets and information are available online or by calling 304-344-BATS.
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