Kelenic homers as Power falls to Augusta

Mariners' number two prospect cranks first SAL homer in 9-3 defeat

Jarred Kelenic hit his first home run of 2019 Friday night in the Power's 9-3 loss. (Sam Santilli)

By Kyle Youmans / West Virginia Power | April 12, 2019 8:23 PM

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (April 12 2019) - Jarred Kelenic torched his first South Atlantic League home run in the fifth inning, but West Virginia was overpowered by Augusta, 9-3, Friday evening at Appalachian Power Park. 

Kelenic's blast went 369 feet to right-center field, at that point closing the Power's deficit to 4-2. The Mariners' number two prospect collected the seventh home run of his Minor League career. 

West Virginia (3-5) didn't waste any time carrying the momentum over from last night's win, as the Power scored a run in the first inning off an Onil Pena RBI double following a perfect frame from their starter, Elias Espino (0-1). 

Augusta (4-4) answered in the top of the third with an RBI double from Ismael Munguia to tie the game at one. Munguia scored a couple batters later on a passed ball to hand the GreenJackets a 2-1 lead.

Their advantage grew to 3-1 in the fourth thanks to a Cesar Izturis Jr. error that extended the inning, followed by a Jose Layer RBI single that drove in Wander Franco. In the top of the fifth, Frankie Tostado drilled the first home run against a Power pitcher in 2019, pushing the GreenJackets' lead to 4-1. 

The Kelenic dinger brought the Power within two, but Augusta tacked on a two runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 6-2. Pena continued his hot night with his second double of the game to lead off the eighth inning, scoring later in the frame on Charlie McConnell's RBI single. The GreenJackets blew it open in the top of the ninth with four singles and three more runs to pad their 9-3 lead. 

Tyler Schimpf (1-0) earned the win over allowing one run on three hits over two innings of work.

West Virginia continues the homestand with the third game of a four-game set against Augusta Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. LHP Steven Moyers (0-1, 10.80 ERA) heads to the bump for the Power, while Augusta goes with LHP Seth Corry (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Pregame coverage at 1:45 p.m. on The Jock 1300 and 1340 AM, as well as online at wvpower.com and via the TuneIn Radio App and MiLB First Pitch App.

Saturday's day at the ballpark will host the 4th Annual BrewFest CharlieWest, with craft breweries from around the state of West Virginia set up around the concourse for all to enjoy. Vouchers will be available for purchase Saturday. Along with BrewFest CharlieWest, Saturday will also be the first installment of the Power's Summer Concert Series, presented by GetGoWV. DJ Act Right will perform pregame as the gates open at 12:30 p.m., while The Heavy Hitters will take the stage during BrewFest CharlieWest postgame. For Tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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