(Charleston, WV - July 15, 2017)- The West Virginia Power fell in the opener against the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-3 on Saturday. The visitors used the top of the fourth to propel them to victory.
Mike Wallace took the ball for West Virginia and cruised through the first three innings before hitting a wall in the fourth. Ten men were sent to the plate for the Grasshoppers. Five runs came home with the big blow in the inning coming from Jarett Rindfleisch. Greensboro's catcher ripped a double to left with the bases loaded. Wallace ended up lasting through the fifth.
Michael King of the Grasshoppers was solid. The right-hander allowed a lone single in the first inning and tossed six shutout innings in his first appearance at Appalachian Power Park. The Power offense made a fury comeback in the bottom of the eighth against the bullpen, scoring three runs capped with a Hunter Owen two-run double.
The Power could not keep it rolling into the ninth however, as the comeback fell short against Greensboro. The loss was dealt to Wallace (2-4) who allowed every Greensboro run while King (8-5) weaved his way to a victory.
Sunday is a Kids Club Sunday Funday with a Mystery Bobblehead giveaway to the first 500 fans through the gates. Tickets and information can be found online or by calling 304-344-BATS.
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