CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A talent like West Virginia Power starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow seems destined for bigger and better things, but for the time being he's putting together one of the best seasons in the team's history and his numbers are reflecting that.
Glasnow was his typical dominating self, tossing five innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks while striking out six as the Power earned a 9-3 win in a series opener over Delmarva Monday night at Appalachian Power Park. A crowd of 2,004 was in attendance.
The win moved West Virginia to 22-14 in the second half and back into first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division after Hagerstown (22-15) lost to Lakewood 5-4 Monday.
His six strikeouts brought Glasnow's season total to 128 and moved him ahead of Kyle McPherson into second place in Power history, six behind Will Inman's single-season record of 134 set in 2006.
Glasnow's ERA of 2.24 would also rank second behind Inman's 1.71 and ahead of Yovani Gallardo's 2.74 mark in 2005.
Maybe all that keeps Glasnow (8-2) in West Virginia is his age (19), as his performances would point to promotion.
But Glasnow said the strikeout record would mean a lot to him and that he is in no big rush to ascend through the organization.
"I'm not in too much of a hurry to leave here," Glasnow said. "I feel like I have a lot of stuff to work on even though I've been doing well. I'm not thinking of going anywhere; I'm just taking it one game at a time, really."
To his point, Glasnow was experimenting during Monday's game, working on a steeper release point and trying to take advantage of his 6-foot-7 frame by extending his arm further toward home plate.
The result was six groundouts to go along with his punchouts, accounting for 12 of 15 total outs he recorded.