(Lakewood Township, NJ - August 30, 2017)- The West Virginia Power swept a doubleheader against the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park on Wednesday, winning 3-2 in game one and taking the nightcap 2-0. The Power wins, coupled with a Hickory Crawdads loss at the Charleston RiverDogs, moved West Virginia into a tie for first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division with five games to go.
In game one, Albert Baur hit a two-run home run down the right field line in the top of the first, plating Adrian Valerio for the early 2-0 West Virginia advantage. It was Baur's eighth of the year and gave him a team-best 62 runs batted in. Henrry Rosario added a solo home run in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 3-0.
Eduardo Vera made the start for the Power and worked five and a third no-hit innings. Vera, the reigning South Atlantic League Pitcher-of-the-Week after working a complete game shutout last Wednesday when he pitched 6 2/3 no-hit innings, surrendered four straight singles with one out in the bottom of the sixth, including run-scoring hits by Aquimedes Gamboa and Mickey Moniak as Lakewood cut the deficit to 3-2.
After the Power went down in order in the top of the seventh, Vera retired the side in order in the home half of the inning on seven pitches. Vera (7-7) earned the victory with his second consecutive seven-inning complete game. Luis Carrasco (1-3) took the loss after allowing the Baur home run.
West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game two. The Power loaded the bases with one down and Garrett Brown bunted on the first base line. Lakewood starter Bailey Falter fielded the bunt and looked to the plate, but dropped the ball, allowing Rosario to score and Brown to reach.
The Power added a run on two doubles in the top of the seventh as Brown plated Kevin Mahala for a 2-0 lead.
That was enough for starting pitcher Mike Wallace (5-6). The right-hander, who grew up in nearby Madison, NJ, allowed a double in the first and a single in the fourth, pitching seven shutout innings in a complete game effort. Falter (8-7) allowed the one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings in the loss.
The Power and BlueClaws conclude this set on Thursday night. West Virginia will start Stephan Meyer and Lakewood will counter with Mauricio Llovera with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 P.M.
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