One night after snapping a 4-4 tie with a four run eighth inning, the Delmarva Shorebirds scored five times in the eighth inning of Sunday's game at Appalachian Power Park and erased a 3-1 deficit to beat the Power 6-4.
The Power took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Andrew Lefave, Chuckie Caufield and Taylor Green ripped three consecutive two-out singles. Green's base knock plated Lefave and Caufield scored during the play on an errant throw from Danny Figueroa. Victor Castillo's Sacrifice Fly plated Paul Winterling in the top of the second to put the Shorebirds on the board. West Virginia answered in the bottom of the second on Charlie Fermaint's RBI single.
It remained a 3-1 game until the Shorebirds scored five times in the eighth inning. Billy Rowell doubled in the first run and scored along with Miguel Abreu and Winterling on David Cash's two out double. Cash scored later in the inning on Michael Pierce's base-hit. The Power plated their final run in the ninth inning on Martin Maldonado's second single of the game. Chad Thall struck out Andrew Lefave with runners on first and second to end the game.
Ryan Ouelette (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the victory, Chad Thall (17) got the save and Omar Aguilar (7-3) was tagged with the loss after surrendering all five runs on four hits in the eighth. Jeremy Jeffress pitched six strong innings, allowing just a run on three hits.
The Power fell to 63-36 overall and 15-16 in the second half, while the Shorebirds improved to 48-49 overall and 14-16 in the second half with the win. The Power have now lost five in a row, and they've been outscored 16-0 in the eighth inning during the streak. Steve Chapman, Taylor Green and Martin Maldonado all had two hits for the Power.
The Power will continue the four game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds at Appalachian Power Park on Monday night. The Power will start left hander Brae Wright (6-5, 5.53) and the Shorebirds will counter with right hander Tim Bascom (1-0, 1.78). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.