Holmes started Thursday night's game, but was out after giving up four earned runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. The Power (0-1, 37-34) pulled into a 4-4 tie with back-to-back two-run innings in the third and fourth, but the BlueClaws (1-0, 27-41) scored a run in both the fifth and sixth to seal the game.
Lakewood's fifth-inning run came when Power reliever Clario Perez threw the ball away on a pick-off attempt, which allowed Art Charles to score. In the sixth, Alejandro Villalobos scored on a fielder's choice. Gourley paced West Virginia at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI.
While West Virginia's arms will still be lively, they'll be young. That, reliever Pat Ludwig said, might necessitate leaning on the bullpen a little bit more.
"Joely and Castro did a fantastic job of going deep into games every time they took the mound," Ludwig said. "Those young guys, they just aren't going to let them go as far. It's going to put more innings on us, and I think we've got guys who've established they can give you three or four (innings) out of the bullpen without much trouble."
One thing the players don't expect to change is the cohesiveness of the locker room. They say that helped the Power rebound from that rough start as much as anything.
"There are levels and teams I've been on that aren't as close as you'd like to be," outfielder Jonathan Schwind said. "It kind of reminds me when I played in high school, when everybody loved being there and loved playing. That's the same here. Everyone's pulling for each other."
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