The West Virginia Power offense peppered the Greensboro pitching staff with 15 runs and 17 hits as they went on to defeat the ‘Hoppers in game two of the series by the final score of 15-3 at First Horizon Park on Sunday night.
After back to back two out singles from Michael Brantley and Chuckie Caufield, Andrew Lefave reached on Logan Morrison’s error at first base which plated Brantley and gave the Power the lead in the first inning. The Power scored three more times in the second. Taylor Green singled in a run, Darren Ford scored on an errant throw and Brantley reached on a Fielder’s choice to plate the last run of the inning.
The Power sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the top of the third. Steve Chapman hit a three run homer, his eighth of the year, Brantley walked with the bases loaded, Caufield singled in a pair of runs and Kenny Holmberg’s groundball that was mishandled by third baseman Jake Blackwood plated the final two runs of the inning. The Power took a 13-0 lead in the fourth inning on Caufield’s run scoring single.
The Grasshoppers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with back to back two out RBI singles from Guillermo Martinez and Justin Webb. In the sixth inning Taylor Green hit a solo homerun, his seventh of the year. The Power scored their final run in the eighth inning when Holmberg walked with the bases loaded and Blake Ochoa hit a solo homerun in the eighth to plate the final run for Greensboro.
Travis Wendte (3-0) allowed no runs on four hits over two and a third to get the win, while Derell MCall (2-6) was tagged with the loss after surrendering ten runs on eight hits over two and a third. Power starter Jeremy Jeffress allowed two unearned runs on four hits over three and two thirds.
The Power improved to 38-16 with the win and the Grasshoppers fell to 31-26 with the loss. All nine in the Power starting lineup reached safely multiple times. Darren Ford and Chuckie Caufield paced the Power with four hits each. The Power scored 55 runs on 82 hits over the six game road trip.
The Power are off on Monday but will continue the four game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers at Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday night. The Power will start left hander Luis Ramirez (1-1, 5.97) and the Grasshoppers will counter with left hander Graham Taylor (6-1, 2.59). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.