Glasnow struggles, Power is handed second loss in row
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At 6-foot-7, West Virginia Power starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow is certainly an imposing figure on the mound.
But his right arm has been the most intimidating thing about the 19-year-old California native through the first two months of the South Atlantic League.
On Tuesday night, things changed for the previously unbeaten Glasnow, as the Greensboro Grasshoppers sent him to the showers after just 3 2/3 innings en route to a 12-3 win at Appalachian Power Park.
A crowd of 2,489 looked on as the Power (28-24) lost its second straight game.
Glasnow was uncharacteristically wild in surrendering seven runs (five earned) and seven walks, while striking out just two. He left the game trailing 6-1 and a runner at second.
Glasnow (3-1) entered the contest having allowed no more than two hits and two runs in each of his previous five starts.
"It's was just one of those days and I just didn't have it tonight," Glasnow said. "Warming up before (the game), I tried to make adjustments, but I just didn't have it tonight.
"I just couldn't go out and throw strikes. It's not the first bad outing I've had, so I'll just try to recover and come back and throw well."
Glasnow's troubles began in the second inning when he walked the first two batters and later surrendered a two-out, two-run homer to left by catcher Tony Caldwell.
His troubles continued in the fourth as the Grasshoppers (22-28) plated five runs, highlighted by another two-run shot, this one off the bat of Yordy Cabrera.
"I left a changeup up and over the plate on the first one, and a fastball over up and over on the other," Glasnow said of his home run pitches.
The fourth inning also featured three walks, three wild pitches, a hit batsman and a Power fielding error.
Power relievers Pat Ludwig and Bryton Trepagnier struggled as well against the Grasshoppers, who finished with 10 hits.
Ludwig tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs, while Trepagnier went two innings, surrendering four hits and two runs.
Reliever Kyle Haynes tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth for the Power.
The Grasshoppers were led by Cabrera, who finished with three hits, while Michael Main knocked in four runs.
Greensboro pitcher Matt Milroy made his first start of the season, having returned from a 50-game suspension levied by Major League Baseball for testing positive for use of the banned substance Methylhexeanamine.
Milroy went four innings, allowing five hits, an unearned run and striking out three.
Reliever Austin Brice (3-6) earned the win for Greensboro, while Chipper Smith tossed scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth innings to record his first save of the season.
West Virginia was led by Stetson Allie and Jonathan Schwind, who had two hits apiece.
Schwind entered the contest in the fourth inning to replace the injured Walker Gourley. Gourley left the game after sliding hard into the block wall near the Power bullpen while chasing down a foul ball in right field. Gourley left the contest with an apparent leg injury and was helped from the field.