(Charleston, WV - August 5, 2017)- The West Virginia Power defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-3 for their eighth consecutive home win on Saturday. Oneil Cruz made his Power debut and picked up three hits including a home run.
Power starter Luis Escobar came out firing. The right-hander struck out six of the first seven batters he faced. West Virginia's offense backed him early. Yoel Gonzalez doubled home the game's first run in the second. In the third, Albert Baur lifted his second home run of July, a two-run shot to give the Power a 3-0 lead.
The lead extended once in the fifth before the Power took a commanding advantage in the seventh. Newcomer Cruz, recently acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, smacked a two-run homer for his third hit of the night in his South Atlantic League debut. The long ball gave West Virginia a 6-0 lead.
Delmarva responded in the top of the eighth. A wild pitch drew Collin Woody home to get the Shorebirds on the board. An RBI groundout and single later, they had cut the lead in half 6-3. All runs were charged to Power reliever Matt Eckelman.
Escobar (9-5) went six and two thirds innings of shutout ball to earn the victory. Starter Lucas Humpal (6-10) of Delmarva was handed the loss. Pasquale Mazzoccoli earned his first career save with a strikeout in a perfect ninth.
The homestand continues on Sunday afternoon on a Kids Club Sunday Funday. Tickets and information are available online or by calling (304) 344-BATS.
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