Power, Delmarva split twin bill
SALISBURY, Md. - The West Virginia Power split a doubleheader with the Delmarva Shorebirds Wednesday, winning the first game 3-1 and losing the second 3-2.
Both games were scheduled for seven innings, but the nightcap finished in eight innings.
In the first game, the Shorebirds took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a Winston Sawyer home run. The Power tied the game in the third inning when Dilson Herrera singled to drive home Francisco Diaz.
In the top of the seventh, designated hitter Stetson Allie and left fielder Raul Fortunato each scored to give the Power a 3-1 lead. Ryan Hafner (3-0) got the win, striking out four in the final two innings.
In the nightcap, the Shorebirds (28-35) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Nik Balog doubled to score Tucker Nathans. The Power tied it up in the third when Max Moroff scored and took the lead in the top of the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Ashley Ponce and Moroff.
Delmarva answered in the bottom of the frame when Steel Russell scored on a Lucas Herbst single, sending it into extra innings.
After Shorebirds reliever Matt Hobgood (5-1) retired the Power in the top of the eighth, Balog's home run gave Delmarva the walk-off victory.
The Power (35-31) will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to face the Greensboro Grasshoppers (31-34) at 7 tonight, starting the team's final series before the all-star break.
Tuesday's late game
The Power took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a base hit by Allie, driving home Barrett Barnes. The Shorebirds evened the score in the bottom of the frame and then took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the third.
In the sixth inning, West Virginia's Dilson Herrera doubled and scored on a Josh Bell double. Eric Wood then doubled in Bell to even the game at three runs each. Wood scored on a single from Fortunato to put the Power up 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Delmarva loaded the bases against closer Kyle Haynes. Steel Russell singled in Anthony Caronia to tie the game at four. With one out, Conner Narron singled to the right side of the infield, hitting Russell on his way to second.
The play was initially ruled dead before Shorebirds manager Luis Pujols argued the call. After an 11-minute delay that saw umpires Jake Wilburn and Clay Hamm retreat to the locker room for clarification, the call was corrected to a single that brought in the winning run. Haynes (0-1) took the loss after the call was reversed.