RiverDogs pound Power bullpen, claim 9-4 victory
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power, coming off its first win, received everything it needed from starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow to keep the momentum going Monday.
Making his first start of the season, Glasnow pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out six with no walks.
With Glasnow's strong outing on the mound, the Power hitters followed suit, scoring four runs in the first three innings, and the team looked to be in prime position for its second consecutive win.
Then Glasnow handed over the ball.
The bullpen blew the lead and the Charleston RiverDogs stormed back to score the last nine runs to earn 9-4 victory over the Power (1-4) in front of a crowd of 1,479 at Appalachian Power Park.
"I definitely am glad I did well today," Glasnow said. "The first one is always the hardest. I'm glad I got that one out of the way. The nerves were there a little bit in the beginning but I felt good in the bullpen before the game, and it felt good from then on."
While Glasnow was on his game for the Power, the bullpen clearly was not, allowing nine runs over the last three innings. Reliever Bryton Trepagnier suffered the worst of it, giving up seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings.
Trailing 4-0 in the seventh inning, the RiverDogs (3-2) cut the lead in half on a RBI groundout from Kevin DeLeon and RBI single from Taylor Dugas, the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, respectively, for Charleston.
Then in the eighth inning, after a error by Power third baseman Eric Wood allowed the RiverDogs to cut the lead to 4-3, Charleston catcher Peter O'Brien hit a towering two-run home run off the scoreboard beyond the left-center wall to give the team a 5-4 lead.
"It felt great," O'Brien said. "I was just staying with my approach and try to get something up in that situation, and that's what I got. I got a good pitch."
O'Brien was impressed with the way the RiverDogs battled back from their deficit and turned things completely around in the late innings.
"Even though we were down in the beginning, we have a great bunch of hitters," O'Brien said. "We kept fighting throughout the game, stuck in there, and that is how baseball is played. We definitely have the team to do it. We kept scoring runs after we got on top and that's what you want."
The RiverDogs were far from done, though, adding salt in the Power wound when Dante Bichette Jr. hit an opposite field grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning to give Charleston a commanding 9-4 lead.
The Power looked to be in good shape after scoring four quick runs. Designated hitter Stetson Allie followed up his walk-off home run to give the Power the victory on Sunday by homering again on the first pitch he saw in the second inning Monday night.
Then the Power got some much needed breathing room in the third inning, plating three runs to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
The team sent nine batters to the plate in the key inning with the big blow coming from right fielder Josh Bell, who tripled to clear the bases, scoring Raul Fortunado, Ashley Ponce and Dilson Herrera.
Fortunato led the Power attack with three hits. Herrera also collected a pair of hits.