Wood single lifts Power to 3-2 win over Lakewood in 12 innings
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power's batters made sure Thursday that one pitch wouldn't ruin starter Tyler Glasnow's otherwise stellar night.
Glasnow gave up a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Power in a hole, but the team climbed out and, after 12 innings, beat the Lakewood BlueClaws 3-2 at Applachian Power Park. It was West Virginia's fourth win in a row.
Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th, right fielder Josh Bell bounced a two-out triple off the right field wall. BlueClaws reliever Jeb Stefan intentionally walked first baseman Stetson Allie to bring up third baseman Eric Wood, and Wood dropped a single into right field to score Bell and win the game.
Outside of that homer, Glasnow was in the zone, striking out a season-high 12 for the Power (25-22).
Art Charles was one of the few BlueClaws batters to get a hold of a Glasnow pitch, and that pitch landed over the right field fence to put Lakewood (19-26) up 2-0. For a while, it looked like the Power wouldn't be able to respond, but the team started chipping away in the fifth.
West Virginia scored its first run in the fifth when Walker Gourley's triple to center field scored Max Moroff. The Power tied the game in the sixth when Stetson Allie cracked a home run to center field off a pitch from Lakewood reliever Jordan Guth.
The Power's offensive recovery saved Glasnow from his first loss of the season. He nearly was unhittable at the game's start. Brian Pointer poked a single up the middle in the first inning, but Glasnow struck out three in the first, struck out the side in the second, then fanned the first two batters of the third and got Roman Quinn to pop up weakly to Power shortstop Max Moroff.
The 19-year-old right-hander's fastball reached 97 miles an hour and he mixed in a changeup that dipped to 86 miles an hour. Performances like Thursday's are becoming the norm for Glasnow. Entering the game, the 6-foot-7, 213-pounder had thrown 27 strikeouts in his last 14 innings. He gave up two hits, two walks and two earned runs Thursday.
Every pitcher the Power employed Thursday turned in good performances. Josh Smith, Jason Creasy and Thomas Harlan, who picked up the win in relief, combined for seven innings of two-hit ball and struck out another 12 batters while walking just two.
Offensive struggles haven't been prevalent for West Virginia recently. The Power entered Thursday's game second in the South Atlantic League with a .273 average and scored 28 runs during its three-game series at Kannapolis while batting .360. Lakewood starter Yoel Mecias struck out seven while scattering seven hits, walking one and allowing one earned run in five innings.
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