(Lexington, KY - April 13, 2017)- The West Virginia Power beat the Lexington Legends 5-1 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Friday. Power starter Luis Escobar struck out 11 batters over six innings and West Virginia scored one run in five different innings.
Logan Ratledge walked to lead off the game and later scored on an infield single by Kevin Mahala and a throwing error for a 1-0 lead.
The Legends evened the score in the bottom of the first when Emmanuel Rivera singled in Khalil Lee. Escobar, coming off a 12-strikeout performance in a no-decision again Rome on Sunday, struck out the side in the first despite allowing the run. The right-hander struck out two in the second, two in the third and the side again in the fifth.
West Virginia gave Escobar the lead in the top of the sixth. Alexis Bastardo singled and stole second. Ty Moore double to left, driving in Bastardo for a 2-1 lead. In the seventh, Stephen Alemais walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error. Bastardo's second hit of the game drove in Alemais for a 3-1 lead.
Moore led off the eighth with a solo home run to left to extend the Power edge to three at 4-1. In the ninth, Sandy Santos reached on an infield single with two outs to drive in Alemais for a 5-1 lead.
Escobar (1-0) earned the win, allowing one run on five hits over six innings with the 11 strikeouts. Matt Frawley pitched two scoreless innings for his first hold of the year and Geoff Hartlieb added a perfect ninth to secure the win. Ofreidy Gomez (0-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits over five innings of relief.
Every hitter in the Power lineup had at least one hit, paced by multi-hit efforts from Moore and Bastardo. West Virginia raised its team batting average from .221 to .237 with the 12-hit attack.
Game three of this series is slated for Saturday at 6:35 P.M.
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