(Hickory, NC - April 17, 2017)- The West Virginia Power toppled the Hickory Crawdads 19-3 on Monday night at L.P. Frans Stadium. West Virginia scored at least once in six different innings while extending their winning streak to four straight.
The Crawdads opened the scoring in the bottom of the first against Power starter James Marvel. Leody Taveras, the top prospect in the Texas Rangers system, doubled and scored on a single by Ti'Quan Forbes for the 1-0 lead.
The Power answered in a big way with two, two-run home runs in the second for a 4-1 lead. Arden Pabst drove a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall for a 2-1 West Virginia edge. With two outs and Sandy Santos on second, Ratledge also cleared the left field wall to extend the advantage.
West Virginia scored five times in the third inning. Hickory starter Argenis Rodriguez loaded the bases and walked Clark Eagan bring in a run. Alexis Bastardo followed with a grand slam off reliever Luke Lanphere his first home run of the season and first career grand slam, to give the Power a 9-1 lead.
The Power added a pair of runs in the fourth on a single and two doubles, one run in the fifth and to more in the sixth inning on a two-run home run from Santos.
Hickory plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to 11, but West Virginia would add five more runs in the eighth to close the scoring. Ty Moore singled in one run before Carlos Munoz, a day removed from a grand slam against Lexington, hit a bases loaded double to drive in three. Trae Arbet doubled in Munoz to push the run total to 19; matching the single-game high for runs by a Power team during the Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated era.
Marvel (1-0) earned the win with five innings of work, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Rodriguez (0-2) took the loss for Hickory after surrendering the first eight runs on six hits over two and a third.
All nine players had at least one hit for the second time in two days and the third time during the team's four game winning streak. Seven players had at least two hits, scored at least two runs and drove in at least two. Moore finished with four hits, Bastardo had a game-high four runs batted in and Ratledge was a triple shy of the cycle. Ratledge also had seven plate appearances in the nine inning game.
The Power and Crawdads play the second game of this series on Tuesday night. Oddy Nunez will start for West Virginia against Hickory's Demarcus Evans with the first pitch scheduled for 6:00 P.M.
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