It looked like a comfortable 3-0 lead for West Virginia over the Suns (4-1, 42-30) until the bullpen fell apart starting in the sixth. Reliever Clario Perez gave up five runs on three hits in the sixth. Three of those runs came on a Pedro Severino double to left.
Bryton Trepagnier came in for Perez, but two more runs came across from a wild Trepagnier pitch and an RBI groundout from Shawn Pleffner.
The Power scored two runs in the seventh, on Raul Fortunato and Kawika Emsley-Pai RBI singles, to inch closer, but a Suns run in the eighth off a Tony Renda double and a Wes Schill grand slam in the ninth off Pat Ludwig iced the game.
Ryan likes Steranka's intellectual approach to the plate. Steranka said he has some power, but is more of a gap hitter, batting for average with a little bit of speed on the basepaths. He might not match the 17 home runs Allie blasted in the first half, but Ryan said he'll do a fine job of producing runs.
"He's going to drive in runs just because of his approach," Ryan said. "He's a big-time hitter. When there's runners on base, he has such a great approach that he's going to get a hit and drive him in."
The Power's series with Hagerstown continues at 7:05 tonight. Clay Holmes (2-5, 5.26 ERA) is scheduled to start for West Virginia versus the Suns' Brett Mooneyham (3-1, 2.05 ERA).
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BARNES WAS named the South Atlantic League's player of the week for June 17-23, after batting .350 with two home runs, three doubles and nine RBI while scoring four runs in that span. Barnes is the second Power player to win the award, and it's the Power's third player-of-the-week honor overall. Allie won it twice before his promotion to Bradenton.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.