Minor League Baseball: Power begins final homestand tonight
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power begin their final homestand of the regular season tonight.
The Power (39-24), tied for first place with Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League Northern Division, starts their final home series with a three-game set against Asheville tonight at Appalachian Power Park. West Virginia is in position, however, to reach the postseason and play at least once more this season at its East End ballpark.
The Power can reach the Sally League playoffs by having the best second-half record in the division. Hagerstown won the first-half title, which means the Power can reach the postseason even if the Suns finish with the best record this half, too. Should Hagerstown win both halves, the second playoff berth goes to the second-best overall record.
Entering tonight's play, West Virginia is 76-57 overall, three games better than Hickory's 73-60 mark.
After the Power's three-game home finale ends Thursday, they'll hit the road for a four-game series at Lexington to conclude the regular season. If West Virginia reaches the postseason, it would host Hagerstown on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Power Park in the first game of a three-game series.
Game 2 would be Friday, Sept. 4 at Hagerstown and Game 3, if necessary, would be Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Suns' home ballpark.
Jason Creasy (4-4, 2.80 earned run average) will start against Asheville tonight. Luis Heredia (5-3, 3.11 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball Wednesday and Kyle Haynes (1-4, 2.09 ERA) is penciled in to start West Virginia's regular season home finale Thursday.
West Virginia is 21-9 at home and has won three of its last four games.
The three remaining Power Park contests are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.