(Salisbury, MD - September 2, 2017)- The West Virginia Power topped the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-0 in a rain-shortened game at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Saturday night. The Power scored three in the first and three in the second, backing an eight strikeout, one-hit effort from Luis Escobar over five completed innings.
In the top of the first, West Virginia scored three times against Delmarva starter Max MacNabb. Adrian Valerio reached on an error and Clark Eagan bunted his way aboard. Albert Baur doubled home Valerio from second for a 1-0 lead. Hunter Owen followed with a sac fly, plating Eagan, and Baur scored on a groundout by Henrry Rosario for a 3-0 lead.
Valerio doubled the West Virginia lead in the second inning with a three-run home run down the left field line. The shortstop hit the first pitch of his second at bat against MacNabb 362 feet just inside the foul pole for a 6-0 Power advantage. It was Valerio's 11th this season, matching Owen for the team lead with two games to go
Escobar (10-7) entered play Saturday with 160 strikeouts, tops in the South Atlantic League, and four shy of the Power franchise record set in 2013 by Tyler Glasnow. Escobar struck out two in the first and two in the second to tie Glasnow. In the bottom of the third, he struck out Milton Ramos swinging to set a new franchise mark at 165.
The first three innings were played in a light drizzle before heavier rain fell in the fourth and fifth innings. After five complete, umpires Brandon Blome and Jude Koury called for the tarp and play would be halted for the night.
All six runs were charged to MacNabb (0-1), who took the loss with four innings of work.
The Power and Shorebirds play game three of this set on Sunday afternoon starting at 5:05 P.M. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher as of yet.
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