CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A black star-shaped sticker with a yellow P - the logo of the Pittsburgh Pirates - was placed beside Zack Dodson's name on the front of his locker.
West Virginia Power Manager Rick Sofield, in the moments after his team's 3-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday at Appalachian Power Park, walked around the clubhouse doling out the stickers.
"They're called Stargell stars," Sofield said. "They go to guys who did something special. It doesn't necessarily have to be a home run, but Jose Osuna deserved one for a home run in a big spot to win it.
"And, obviously, with a quality start like that Dodson gets one."
Dodson allowed one run and one hit in six innings to put the Power (12-24) in position to snap its seven-game losing skid. West Virginia scored a run in each of its final three innings to sidestep a sweep.
Dodson, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound lefty, didn't allow his first hit until designated hitter Gary Sanchez poked a 2-2 pitch up the middle for a single to lead off the fifth inning.
Sanchez, one of the New York Yankees' most coveted prospects and the youngest player on Charleston's roster, stole second before moving to third on a groundout.
He scored the RiverDogs' only run on a wild pitch by Dodson, who had allowed just three baserunners (by walk, hit and error).
"That was the best I've ever seen him," Sofield said. "He puts a lot of pressure on himself; he's a young guys who asks a lot of himself.
"He's a perfectionist, which can work for you and against you. When he sometimes gives up a hit and is throwing well, it'll snowball."
That has plagued Dodson this season, especially in his last three starts.
Dodson, 21, gave up 11 earned runs on 23 hits over his last 13 1/3 innings pitched. He dropped his season ERA from 5.72 to 4.98 with Sunday's near flawless outing.