CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Power starter Tyler Glasnow was back at it again, showing off the potential and the frontline stuff that could make him a valuable major-league pitcher not too far down the road.Glasnow has been able to overcome brief stints of wildness so far in his young career, and thus was the case again against Greenville Tuesday in a five-inning performance that helped the Power earn a 4-2 win in the second game of the four-game series.Glasnow struck out 10 and yielded just one hit and one earned run, becoming the first West Virginia pitcher to reach double digits in strikeouts since Kyle McPherson struck out 10 against Delmarva on May 19, 2010.His punchout total included striking out the side in the fourth and fifth frames, and his 94-mph-plus fastball and hard, downward-biting hook proved too much for Greenville to handle.
"The way the ball comes out of his hand is unbelievable," Power manager Michael Ryan said. "You don't see that around much. He was locating his off-speed, and anytime he does that he's going to be tough. He's going to be special."Dominant outings have been nothing uncommon for Glasnow so far this season as his neat and tidy 1.80 season ERA stayed perfectly intact and he is yielding less than a half a hit per inning."It felt good warming up and I just carried it over to the game," Glasnow said. "I had confidence in my defense and I could just kind of go out and throw. It really felt instinctual today. I wasn't really thinking of anything today, I just went out and threw."
His ERA could be lower than that if not for walks. Glasnow has struck out 33 in 25 innings across six starts this season, but he has also issued 17 free passes, including four on Tuesday.One of those walks finally hurt Glasnow in the fifth inning as Greenville catcher Jayson Hernandez used the only hit of the game, a double off the wall, to score Kevin Mager, who had walked two batters earlier.Glasnow issued another walk in the inning and was pulled after five innings.But a bit of inconsistency is to be expected from a 19-year-old making his way through low Class A ball. He and Ryan were looking at the positives on Tuesday, and there were a lot of them.
"Impressive outing by him," Ryan said. "We have the ability to do that. We have some power arms that have secondary and third pitches that are as good as their fastball. If Tyler can get his breaking ball over it just makes his fastball that much more better, and it seems like he's throwing even harder.""I came out trying to do way too much [at the beginning of the season]," Glasnow said. "Now I'm just trusting my stuff and throwing and it's making it a lot easier."Luckily for Glasnow, that one Greenville run didn't hurt as the Power offense provided the pitching staff with a cushion early.The Power's Wyatt Mathisen scored the game's first run after Walker Gourley drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second and D.J. Crumlich also scored in the frame on an RBI groundout from Ashley Ponce.
An RBI single from Raul Fortunato in the third inning gave Glasnow and the bullpen all the cushion it would need.Fortunato, Josh Bell, and Junior Sosa each notched two-hit games for the Power (14-16), with Sosa doubling to account for the team's only extra-base hit.Pat Ludwig threw a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season.Hernandez and Mookie Betts each had a pair of hits for the Drive (10-20).The teams will play the final two games of the series in a doubleheader starting this morning at 10:30 a.m.POWER POINTS: Tuesday's win marked just the second time West Virginia has won a game in which it has scored five or fewer runs. The Power's first such win came on Friday in a win over Greensboro. The team is now 2-13 in such contests. ... Walker Gourley extended his six-game hitting streak with a single in the bottom of the eighth inning while Stetson Allie saw his six-gamer snapped with an 0-for-3 night.
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