CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 14, 2019) - Onil Pena and Jake Anchia stayed hot with a pair of no-doubt home runs, but West Virginia fell in walk-off fashion, 6-5, to the Charleston RiverDogs in the series opener Tuesday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
Charleston (21-17) started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a solo shot from the leadoff hitter, Brandon Lockridge, giving them an early 1-0 lead. However, West Virginia (20-17) answered quickly with back-to-back doubles from Ryan Ramiz and Bobby Honeyman to tie the game at one. Honeyman then came around to score off an errant throw from Mickey Gasper that handed the Power a 2-1 lead.
The RiverDogs responded in the third, striking for three against Clay Chandler off a couple base hits, an error and a two-run shot from former Mariners' prospect Josh Stowers that thrust the RiverDogs ahead 4-2.
Pena crushed his bomb to lead off the fourth on the first pitch he saw, his second time homering to begin the fourth frame in as many days. A couple batters later, Anchia tied the game at four with a solo dinger of his own that curved around the left-field foul pole. In the fifth, West Virginia took the lead back at 5-4 off another Ramiz double down the left-field line that scored Jarred Kelenic from first.
Pena is the second Power player to home in consecutive games this season, following Kelenic, who accomplished the feat against Asheville on April 26 and 27.
Charleston continued the back-and-fourth affair with a Canaan Smith RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at five. Both bullpens took over in the seventh and stemmed the tide, with Jefry Valdez (1-1) setting down all nine men he faced over his three hitless innings of work.
The scored stayed tied at five until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Charleston loaded the bases against David Ellingson (1-1) with one out and Lockridge scored on a wild pitch to win it 6-5 for the RiverDogs.
West Virginia continues their three game series against the RiverDogs Wednesday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Ryne Inman (4-2, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for the Power, while the RiverDogs will send RHP Daniel Bies (2-1, 3.99 ERA) to the slab. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 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.
The Power will be back at home from May 21-28 for eight games, their longest homestand of 2019. West Virginia welcomes in the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Lexington Legends, with the highlight of the homestand coming Saturday, May 25, with Redneck Night and an Austin Meadows bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans in the ballpark. For tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit wvpower.com.
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