"It was a great effort on his part," Ryan said. "He kept us in the game both offensively and defensively, getting us back into the dugout to try to score some runs and kept our defense on its toes. It was a tremendous outing by him."
The Power got its first run - and almost its second run - of the game in Jonathan Schwind's first at bat. In the bottom of the second, Schwind cracked a pitch into centerfield that bounced off the top of the wall and allowed D.J. Crumlich to score. Greenville's outfielders were calling for a ground-rule double, but the umpires were slow to make the call, so Schwind sprinted around the bases for what looked like an inside-the-park home run.
Yet once Schwind scored, the umpires conferred, finally decided it first bounced off the warning track, called it a ground-rule double and put Schwind back on second. He came home, and so did Raul Fortunato, after Max Moroff belted a no-doubt home run over the right field fence to give West Virginia a 4-0 lead. The two-out homer was Moroff's third of the year.
Josh Bell added a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, his fourth of the season.
The Drive suffered through another low-scoring game that has been the norm for the team this season. Greenville entered Sunday's game next to last in the South Atlantic League in batting average (.219) and last in the league in hits (109) and runs scored (100).
The two teams return to the field 7:05 p.m. today. Right hander Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 1.80) is scheduled to start for the Power against Greenville's righty Pat Light (1-1, 4.91)
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