Game 109 | August 4, 2010 | Appalachian Power Park | Charleston, WV
Play-by-Play: Adam Marco Radio: Power Baseball Network and wvpower.com
RH Pat Kantakevich (0-4, 3.98) vs. RH Phillip Irwin (5-1, 2.39)
Kantakevich- Allowed 3 R on 7 H with 2 BB and 4 K over 5.2 IP in 7/29 Loss @ LEX (4-1 Legends)
Irwin- Allowed 2 R (1 ER) on 2 H with 2 BB and 9 K over 5.1 IP in 7/29 ND @ LWD (7-6 ‘Claws)
TUESDAY: West Virginia beat Delmarva 10-6. The Shorebirds took a 1-0 lead after one batter when T.J. Baxter hit a solo home run against Kyle McPherson and then rallied to tie on a Kieron Pope home run in the fourth. The Power would then score eight runs over the next three innings, including a four run sixth. McPherson earned the win, while Maurice Bankston gained his second save after stopping a late inning rally. Evan Chambers and Aaron Baker drove in three runs each in West Virginia’s third straight victory.
A SEASON FIRST: Power batters completed their first game of the season without any strikeouts. West Virginia hitters went 15 for 36 last night, walked 5 times, hit three sacrifice flies, and stole three bases in three chances. 10 of the remaining 21 outs were ground balls, while 10 came on fly balls. The first out of the seventh inning was recorded when a Power player tried to advance from first to third on a base hit but was gunned down.
IRWIN AND THE ERA: Phillip Irwin falls just short of the required number of innings pitched to qualify for the SAL’s earned run average leaders. Pitchers must appeared in 0.8 innings pitched per team game. After tonight’s game, the requirement would be 87 innings. Irwin sits at 79.0 entering play tonight, meaning he would need to pitch right innings to qualify on this turn through the rotation.
JUST UNDER IN JULY: The Power finished July with a 14-15 record, roughly in the middle of the SAL pack for the month. Charleston and Lakewood held the league’s best record at 18-12, while Hagerstown had the lowest winning percentage with a 10-18 mark. West Virginia hit .259 during the month, their best average in any month this season and their 23 home runs were second only to their June totals. The Power staff ERA was 4.67; slightly more than on run higher than May’s season best 3.65 earned run average, but still slightly over a full run less than June’s 5.65 ERA.
LONG TIME COMING: Jason Erickson notched his fourth quality start of the season Monday and won for the first time since June 5. During that stretch of nine starts between wins, Erickson went 0-2 with an ERA of 4.88. Monday’s victory was his sixth of the season, matching former Power pitcher Nathan Baker for the staff lead in wins. Kyle McPherson joined the duo at six wins last night, and Phillip Irwin has the chance to do the same this evening.
POWER POINTS: Jairo Marquez saw his seven game hitting streak stopped by going 0-3 Monday… Power hitters struck out 17 times on Saturday, setting a new single game high… Saturday’s shutout was the sixth by Power pitching this season… David Rubinstein ranks 12th in the SAL with a .297 average… West Virginia hitters rank fourth in the SAL in walks, having combined for 356 this season, four behind league leader Lexington.
AROUND THE ORGANIZATION: Pittsburgh held off a late Reds rally to beat Cincinnati 7-6 Indianapolis rebounded with a 5-3 win at Norfolk… Altoona swept a doubleheader from Akron, winning 4-3 and 3-2…
Bradenton pounded Daytona 11-5 on the strength of 17 hits… State College lost 10-6 at Jamestown.
ON THE AIR: All 140 West Virginia Power games can be heard on ESPN Radio 1490 AM in Charleston, WV, across the state on the Power Radio Network, and online at milb.com. Adam Marco will call the action for each of the 70 home games this season, while the home team will provide coverage while the Power are on the road.