Matt LaPorta’s RBI single in the third inning of Sunday’s game at Appalachian Power Park extended his hitting streak to 13 games and it provided a big insurance run as the West Virginia Power defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 3-1, sending the ‘Hoppers to their sixth straight loss.
Logan Morrison provided Greensboro’s only run of the game with a solo shot off Mike Ramlow in the top of the second inning to give the ‘Hoppers and early edge. It was Morrison’s 24th homerun of the season.
West Virginia took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a pair of RBI singles. Steve Chapman’s run scoring base hit tied the game and Martin Maldonado’s gave them the lead. LaPorta’s RBI single came in the third inning to plate the final run of the contest.
Ramlow (5-5) pitched five solid frames to secure the victory, allowing just a run on five hits with five strikeouts. Jose Romero (1) tossed a pair of scoreless innings to get the save and Marc Lewis (2-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over four innings.
The Power improved to 81-54 overall and 33-34 in the second half, while the Grasshoppers fell to 71-68 overall and 33-36 in the second half. The Grasshoppers left ten runners on base in the contest.
The Power and ‘Hoppers conclude the regular season at Appalachian Power Park on Monday afternoon. West Virginia will send righty Patrick Lawler (0-0, 0.00) to the rubber. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.