Three Spikes Are All-Stars; Two Out 9th Inning Rally Gives Power The Win

West Virginia Power� 5,�� Lakewood Blue Claws� 4 (box)

A 2-out 9th-inning rally gave the Power a magnificent come-from-behind win this afternoon.� The game was tied at 1-1 going into the 8th inning.� Lakewood had scored their run in the top of the 3rd on a 2-out single, a stolen base, and a line drive RBI single off Power starter Kyle McPherson. McPherson went 5 innings and gave up 4 hits, while striking out 7 batters.� The Power tied the score in the 5th on a lead-off home run by DH Jose Hernandez.

Lakewood took the lead in the top of the 8th.� One run came in on two singles and a fielding error by 3B Elevys Gonzalez, and an RBI single drove in the second run.� Both of those unearned runs came off reliever Ryan Kelly, who pitched 3 innings.� Kelly had retired the side in order in the 6th and 7th innings.� Maurice Bankston came on to pitch the top of the 9th, and he gave up another run on a single and a double.

The score was 4-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, and Lakewood brought in a new reliever.� After a ground out by CF Evan Chambers and a strikeout by 1B Aaron Baker, the Power were down to their last out.� Then Jose Hernandez lined a single into center field, and C Ramon Cabrera singled up the middle, moving Hernandez to third base.� LF Rogelios Noris walked, loading the bases.� Elevys Gonzalez lined the third single of the inning into center field, and both Hernandez and Cabrera came around to score, bringing the Power within one run, 4-3.� With Noris on third base, another relief pitcher came on to get the last out.� But SS Benji Gonzalez lined a walk-off double into right field, scoring both Noris and Elevys Gonzalez with the tying and winning runs.

Harrisburg Senators� 9,� Altoona Curve� 6 (box)

Another last at-bat rally, but this one belonged to the Senators.� The Curve were leading 6-5 going into the bottom of the 8th this evening in Harrisburg, with Ramon Aguero taking the mound.� Aguero gave up a double and a single, then got a strikeout.� A walk loaded the bases, and a ground out gave Aguero the second out, but let the tying run score.� Another walk loaded the bases again, and the go-ahead run scored on a balk by Aguero.� A second balk with the same batter at the plate brought in one insurance run, and a double added a second insurance run.� Anthony Claggett took over for Aguero to finish the inning with a fly out.

The Senators had scored first, back in the bottom of the 1st.� Starter Justin Wilson gave up a walk and a double, then a sacrifice fly plus an error by RB Miles Durham brought in 2 runs.� C Hector Gimenez tied the score for the Curve in the top of the 2nd, when he homered following 1B Matt Hague’s walk.� 3B Josh Harrison singled and CF Andrew Lambo followed with another 2-run homer in the 3rd, to give the Curve a 4-2 lead.

The Senators regained the lead in the bottom of the 4th.� Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Justin Wilson.� Another walk forced in one run, then a single drove in two more runs, and the Senators had a 5-4 lead.� Jared Hughes relieved Wilson and finished the 4th, then retired 9 of the next 10 batters he faced (gave up a double in the 7th).

The Curve battled back, scoring a run in the 5th to tie the game again.� Harrison and Hague both walked, then Harrison stole second, and scored on SS Jordy Mercer’s sacrifice fly.� They took the lead again in the 6th, when LF Jim Negrych, in his first game back with the Curve, lined a single in to left field.� Durham doubled, moving Negrych to third, and Hughes’ sacrifice fly brought Negrych across the plate to give Altoona a brief 6-5 lead.

The Curve set more records on Saturday night, as they beat the Senators 18 – 6.� Altoona was already leading 8-6 going into the top of the 9th, when they sent 14 batters to the plate, and scored 10 runs.� They set a new team record for the most hits in a game (22), the most hits in an inning (10), and tied the record for most runs (18) and most runs in an inning (10).� In that 9th, Jordy Mercer doubled, C Kris Watts singled (RBI), Durham doubled (RBI), relief pitcher Mike Dubee walked, Chase d’Arnaud doubled (RBI), Harrison singled (RBI), Lambo singled (RBI), Hague doubled (RBI), Mercer singled, Watts homered (3 RBI), and Durham singled.� A line out and a ground out ended the inning.

D’Arnaud, Watts, and Durham all had 4 hits in the game, and Lambo and Hague both had 3 hits.� Lambo and Hague hit back-to-back solo homers to lead off the 4th inning.� The Curve batted around in the 7th inning as they scored 5 runs.� Two walks, three singles, and a bases-loaded triple by Durham did the damage in that inning.� Bryan Morris earned his 6th win as he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings.

Author: Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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