(Hagerstown, MD - August 10, 2017)- The West Virginia Power lost to the Hagerstown Suns 3-1 on Thursday night. With the loss, the Power had their eight-game winning streak snapped in the series opener at Municipal Stadium.
West Virginia opened the scoring in the first inning. Adrian Valerio led off the ballgame against Weston Davis with a single. A wild pitch, passed ball, and two batters later, Albert Baur drove him in from third with a sacrifice fly.
Luis Escobar picked up his first of eight strikeouts in the first inning. It was his 135 of the season which now places him second all-time in Power single-season strikeouts as he leap frogs Will Inman. Escobar tossed six innings allowing two runs to come across in the bottom of the fifth. Oliver Ortiz and Paul Panaccione touched home in the frame.
Blake Cederlind gave up a run in the seventh on a groundout. Ortiz scored his second run of the game. West Virginia could not muster any more offense, stranding the game-tying run on first base to end the game.
Escobar (9-6) was dealt the loss with Davis (3-4) earning the victory, his second against the Power in as many starts. Hayden Howard recorded the final nine outs and garnered his fourth save.
West Virginia and Hagerstown square for game two of four on Friday night at 7:05 P.M. All the action can be heard on the Power Baseball Network.
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