Sweep puts Power in first place
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power pitchers were the ones doing the intimidating during Tuesday's doubleheader.
Nineteen-year-old Tyler Glasnow and Jhondaniel Medina set the tone in the opener, combining on a one-hit shutout as the Power blanked the Kannapolis Intimidators 1-0 in seven innings.
Then in the nightcap, 18-year-old Luis Heredia and Kyle Haynes worked on a three-hitter as West Virginia completed the sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Intimidators. A paid crowd of 1,979 attended the South Atlantic League matchup at Appalachian Power Park.
The Power (18-11), which has won six straight, vaulted a half game into first place of the Northern Division over the Hagerstown Suns (19-13).
West Virginia and Kannapolis (12-20) were rained out Monday, which forced the doubleheader on getaway day. Both games were seven-inning affairs.
The 6-foot-7, 213-pound Glasnow fired six shutout innings, surrendering one hit and two walks with six strikeouts to earn the win. The right-hander from California improved to 7-2 and lowered his earned run average to 2.27. Glasnow only allowed four balls to leave the infield.
"He's trying to figure out how to be great,'' said Power pitching coach Jeff Johnson. "He's still too young to know that yet. He's come a long way since the beginning [of the season]. I'm proud of that.''
Medina earned his third save in the final frame, setting down the Intimidators in order. He punctuated the effort by fanning Kannapolis' Kale Kiser, who got the lone hit off Glasnow on a broken-bat infield single in the fifth.
Heredia (2-2) allowed one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. After winning his debut at home June 23, The 6-6, 243-pound Heredia posted a 0-2 mark in four starts on the road with a 6.31 ERA.
"Luis's doing what an 18- and 19-year-old is going to do,'' Johnson said. "He's really good at times and sometimes he's not. He battled through some things. The third inning was difficult for him and he got out of that without a lot of damage.''
Haynes tossed two hitless and scoreless innings, extending the bullpen's scoreless streak to 201/3 innings.
Johnson said Glasnow and Heredia are special talents.
"They've got big-time potential,'' said the Power pitching coach. "You watch the hitters and they don't hit the ball as hard off those two. They both threw changeups and did a nice job with that. That's something they've been working real hard on.''
Jonathan Schwind, who batted ninth in both games, drove in the lone run in the opener with a fielder's choice groundout, then belted a grand slam in the nightcap.
Glasnow struck out the side to open the game and carried a perfect game into the fifth. He worked out of a bases-loaded two-out jam in the frame by getting Kannapolis' Nick Basto, the No. 9 hitter, to pop out to Power catcher Francisco Diaz. Before Kiser's single, Glasnow saw his perfect game come to an end when he walked the Intimidators' Mike Marjama.
The Power's Walker Gourley was the only player for either team with multiple hits in the first game, finishing 2 for 2.
In the second game, the Power took the lead for good in the bottom of the second at 5-0 on Schwind's grand slam, which was only his second home run of the season.
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