Mike McClendon, Omar Aguilar and E.J. Shanks combined to pitch a one hit shutout at Appalachian Power Park on Monday afternoon as West Virginia cruised to a 4-0 victory over the Greenville Drive.
Jimmy Mojica came through with a clutch two out, two run single in the bottom of the second inning to give the Power an early advantage. West Virginia was held scoreless through the next four innings, until Darren Ford ripped an RBI triple and scored later in the seventh inning on Brent Brewer’s broken bat single into left field.
Kris Negron came up with Greenville’s only hit, a two out double in the top of the third inning. It was just the sixth hit that McClendon has surrendered over his last three starts.
Mike McClendon (5-1) tossed seven scoreless innings of one hit ball and struck out six to get the win, as Felix Doubront (0-2) was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs on five hits over five innings.
The Power improved to 33-15 with the win and the Drive fell to 20-30 with the loss. Darren Ford and Andy Bouchie both had two hits for the Power. The 4-0 victory was the second shutout of the season for the Power, and it was the second time they held an opponent to one hit.
The Power will begin a four game series against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Tuesday night. The Power will start right hander Jeremy Jeffress (0-0, 0.00) and the Intimidators will counter with right hander Rich Brooks (2-5, 5.44). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.