Power picks up two wins over Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The West Virginia Power won both games of a doubleheader Thursday against the Kannapolis Intimidators, winning 4-0 in the completion of Wednesday's game that was suspended due to inclement weather and 4-3 in the seven-inning nightcap on Barrett Barnes' three-run home run in the top of the seventh.
The first game began in the fourth inning with the Power up 3-0. West Virginia scored once more in the seventh inning to defeat the Intimidators 4-0. Power left fielder Walker Gourley scored twice and had two hits while right fielder Josh Bell drove in two runs on two hits. Center fielder Raul Fortunato recorded two hits and one run for the Power.
Power pitchers allowed only three hits. Starter Luis Heredia (1-1) gave up one hit in three innings while Clay Holmes (3-5) allowed just two hits through five innings, earning his third win this season. Clario Perez retired the side in the ninth inning to close the game for the Power.
In the nightcap, Kannapolis jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. West Virginia halved the deficit in the top of the second on a run-scoring ground out by Fortunato that brought home Eric Wood. Kannapolis added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push the lead to 3-1.
In the top of the seventh, Fortunato and Jonathan Schwind each singled to put the tying run on base with two down for the Power against Kannapolis reliever Zach Isler. Barnes then hit a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall for a home run and a 4-3 West Virginia lead.
Jhondaniel Medina (1-1) was the benefactor of the blast and Kyle Haynes notched his seventh save.
The Power (11-8) will travel to Asheville, N.C., today to start a four-game series against the Tourists. The Power then returns to Appalachian Power Park to begin a seven-game homestand on Wednesday.