State College Season Begins; Von Rosenberg Wins #3
West Virginia Power 9, Lakewood Blue Claws 4
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Each member of the starting lineup had at least one hit, as the Power recorded 13 hits and scored in three innings. SS Drew Maggi led the offense with 4 singles, and DH Rogelios Noris and 1B Jairo Marquez had 2 RBI each.
A 2-run homer gave Lakewood the lead in the top of the 1st. The Power turned on the juice in the bottom of the 2nd. With one out, CF Mel Rojas and C Elias Diaz singled, Noris doubled to bring in Rojas, and Marquez singled to plate both Diaz and Noris. Marquez scored on Maggi’s RBI single, giving the Power a 4-2 lead. They kept right on rolling in the 3rd inning, with a lead-off single by RF Dan Grovatt, an RBI double by LF Justin Howard, another single by Rojas, and a sacrifice fly by Noris to bring in Howard, for a 6-2 lead.
Lakewood scored one run in the top of the 5th, but the Power answered with 3 more in the bottom of the inning. Diaz reached second base on a throwing error, and then moved to third on a wild pitch. Another throwing error let Diaz score and put Marquez on second base. Marquez scored on 3B Eric Avila’s RBI single. Two more wild pitches moved Avila to third base, and he scored on another Maggi single. Power up, 9-3. Lakewood added one more run with a solo homer in the 8th.
Zack Von Rosenberg was the recipient of all the run support, and he took his 3rd win of the season. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and a walk, with 7 strikeouts. Trent Stevenson pitched 2.1 innings, and gave up only the homer in the 8th, while striking out 3 batters. Victor Black allowed a walk and a single in the scoreless 9th.
Harrisburg Senators 8, Altoona Curve 4
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The Senators had a hit-fest at Aaron Pribanic’s expense, scoring 7 runs on 14 hits in the first 5 innings of the game. They began with three singles to load the bases and a walk to force in a run in the top of the 1st. Two doubles and four singles added 4 runs in the 3rd inning. Two singles, a double, and a triple brought in 2 more runs in the 4th. The top of the 5th began with a single and a double play, but Pribanic did something that the umpires did not appreciate, and he was ejected. The bullpen squelched the Senators’ bats, allowing only one more hit and one more run over the rest of the game. Tim Alderson finished the 5th inning, then allowed the run to score in the 7th on a hit batter, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. Rehabbing Mike Crotta and Noah Krol pitched a scoreless inning each.
The Curve posted 11 hits, but left 7 runners on base. SS Jordy Mercer hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning to put the Curve onto the scoreboard. The bottom of the 5th began with back-to-back singles by CF Starling Marte and 2B Brock Holt. Mercer doubled, plating Marte, and Holt scored on a wild pitch. 3B Jeremy Farrell drove in Mercer with an RBI single. The Curve went down in order over the next three innings. RF Anthony Norman singled to lead off the 9th, but the next three batters could not continue the rally, and the game was over.