Power back home tonight after tough road loss
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jayson Hernandez slapped a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, scoring Drew Turocy with the winning run and capping a big rally as the Greenville Drive earned a 5-4 South Atlantic League win over the West Virginia Power.
It looked like the Power might return to .500 - following a 1-6 opening home stand with a 6-1 road trip - as it took a 4-0 lead into the eighth. Then came Greenville's comeback, as it scored five times to take the lead.
Kyle Krause earned the win with 31/3 innings of sharp relief. He allowed just one hit, struck out five and walked one. He retired West Virginia 1-2-3 in the ninth, fanning Josh Bell and Eric Wood swinging.
The Power built its 4-0 lead on an RBI double by Dilson Herrera in the top of the fifth, combined with a three-spot in the sixth.
Raul Fortunato's run-scoring single made it 2-0 for West Virginia, then Wood crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Pat Light and Ashley Ponce drove in another tally with a single to bump the lead to 4-0.
But the Drive answered with its big eighth inning against reliever David Jagoditsh.
David Chester drilled a two-run single and Turocy slapped an RBI double to shave the deficit to 4-3, then Chester scored on a Jagoditsh wild pitch to tie the game. After Jagoditsh issued a walk, he was replaced by Pat Ludwig, setting the stage for Hernandez's key hit.
The Power offense has been the most potent in the Sally League. Going into Wednesday night, West Virginia ranked first in the 14-team league in most batting categories, including runs (87), batting average (.295), on-base percentage (.369) and slugging percentage (.475). The Power's 15 home runs trailed only Hickory, which had clubbed 16.
The Power's top offensive performer has been pitcher-turned-first baseman Stetson Allie, who leads the Sally League in home runs (six), RBIs (18) and slugging percentage (.804) and ranks third in batting average (.411). Power outfielder Josh Bell ranks second in the league behind Allie with 14 RBIs on the young season.
Also swinging hot sticks for the Power are outfielder Raul Fortunato (.340) and infielders Eric Wood (.318) and Dilson Herrera (.310).
On the flip side, the Power's team ERA of 5.57 ranks last in the league. The brightest spots on the staff have been reliever Pat Ludwig (2-0, 2.08) and starters Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 2.35) and Clay Holmes (1-0, 2.57).