"We're like a family,'' said Heredia. "Everybody helps each other, and the coaches and the staff are amazing. Last year we had a good team in State College. This year, I've been here two months, and I see how hard this team works. It's amazing.''
Emsley-Pai holds similar feelings. "This is the closest team I've ever been a part of,'' he said. "This is my third season now with the Pirates, and the camaraderie we have and the brotherhood we have is something special. I enjoy coming to the field every day, knowing I get to hang out with these guys every day and get to go out there to play.''
Behind the 6-foot-6, 241-pound Heredia, the Power led 3-0 through four innings Sunday. Heredia has been dominant of late, having yielded just one earned run and nine hits in his previous 15 innings, but with two outs in the fifth he threw a pitch that the Crawdads' Jorge Alfaro launched onto Lewis Street for a game-tying three-run homer.
The home team responded in the sixth by scoring two unearned runs, highlighted by Francisco Aponte's sacrifice bunt, Josh Bell's infield single and Dilson Herrera's RBI double to the center-field fence. Herrera also had a two-run single in the third.
Power relievers Thomas Harlan, Lance Breedlove and Jhondaniel Medina did not allow an earned run through the final 41/3 innings. Harlan struck out nine in three innings, surrendering just two hits and a hit batsman, and picked up the victory.
POWER POINTS: The Power and Crawdads will close out the home stand beginning at 7:05 tonight. ... Counting tonight's game, the Power has just four regular-season home games remaining. Beginning Tuesday, the Power will play three games in Charleston, S.C., and four in Savannah. ... Entering Sunday's game, the Power averaged 2,343 fans a game - or 13 fewer than last year's final average of 2,356. ... Power right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who leads the league with 147 strikeouts, is tied for seventh place all-time in Charleston's 27-year history in the South Atlantic League. Walker Gourley entered the game ranked third in the league in hitting and had two hits to raise his average to .321.
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