(KANNAPOLIS, NC) The West Virginia Power edged the Kannapolis Intimidators twice at CMC-NorthEast Stadium on Thursday, finishing a 4-0 win in a suspended game and taking the night cap in dramatic fashion by a 4-3 final. The Power swept the three game series in Kannapolis and have beaten the Intimidators six times over six games this season.
In Wednesday’s game, West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a run-scoring double by Josh Bell. The Power added two runs in the second on an error and a ground out. Raul Fortunato and Francisco Diaz reached on back-to-back singles. Kannapolis pitcher Kyle Hansen’s errant throw to first on Chris Diaz’s sacrifice bunt attempt allowed Fortunato to score. Jimmy Rider followed with a ground out that plated Francisco Diaz for a 3-0 lead.
Luis Heredia made his fourth start of the season, pitching three scoreless innings, but did not factor in the decision. Rain showers sent the game into a delay on Wednesday in the top of the fourth and ultimately forced the game to be suspended.
Clay Holmes (3-5) took over for Heredia when play resumed on Thursday, pitching five shutout innings to earn the win. The Power added an insurance run in the top half of the seventh inning to cap the scoring. Hansen (2-5) took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits over three plus innings of work.
In Thursday’s regularly scheduled game, Kannapolis jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against spot starter Tom Harlan. West Virginia halved the deficit in the top of the second on a run-scoring ground out by Fortunato that brought home Eric Wood.
Kannapolis added a run of insurance in the bottom of the fifth inning to back Jefferson Olacio. The southpaw pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits.
In the top of the seventh, Fortunato and Jon Schwind each singled to put the tying run on base with two down against reliever Zach Isler. Barrett Barnes hit a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall for a 4-3 West Virginia lead. Jhondaniel Medina (1-1) was the benefactor of the home run and Kyle Haynes notched his seventh save. Isler (5-3) took the loss after blowing his fifth save of the season.
West Virginia opens a four-game series at Asheville on Friday before returning to Charleston for their next homestand beginning July 17 against the Savannah Sand Gnats