The West Virginia Power is back home at Appalachian Power Park for a seven-game homestand, which begins tonight with a 7:05 game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Power is back from a 2-5 road trip that concluded with a 10-1 win Monday night at Savannah. Stetson Allie belted two home runs and had five RBIs in the win that raised the Power's record to 10-15, good for sixth place in the seven-team South Atlantic League Northern Division, 41/2 games behind division-leading Hickory.
Allie, the former pitching prospect, has turned into one of the SAL's most formidable hitters in his first season as a full-time position player.
The first baseman/designated hitter's .351 batting average ranks fourth in the league, he's tied for the league lead in home runs (eight) with Hickory's Joey Gallo, and Allie's 26 RBIs rank second in the league only to Power teammate Josh Bell, who has 28.
Bell, the Power's right fielder, is also putting up strong numbers. He's hitting .310 with 12 RBIs in his last 10 games, upping his season average to .277.
Offense hasn't been West Virginia's problem this season — the Power is second in the 14-team Sally League with 143 runs, one behind Asheville. On the flip side, the Power's team ERA of 4.73 ranks 13th.
Home hasn't been very sweet to the Power, which is just 3-8 in games played at the APP.
There will be games with Greensboro (11-14) tonight, Thursday and Friday. After an off day Saturday, Greenville (10-15) arrives to a four-game set Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
Scheduled to pitch for the Power in the three games against Greensboro are Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 1.80), Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 4.68) and Clay Holmes (1-2, 3.91). The Grasshoppers are expected to counter with Mason Hope (0-2, 6.75), Scott Lyman (0-2, 6.64) and Ramon Del Orbe (0-1, 5.40).