Power catcher Francisco Diaz tags out Hagerstown's Estarlin Martinez in the fourth inning.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael Ryan saw some baseball he liked, though it mostly didn't come from his homestanding West Virginia Power.On fireworks Friday, the Hagerstown Suns put it to the Power 9-3, rapping out 12 hits and slamming the door with a run in the eighth inning and three in the ninth.With starter Pedro Encarnacion firing an effective five innings and six different players knocking in runs for Hagerstown, the postgame fireworks were definitely the highlight for the crowd of 3,203 at Appalachian Power Park."They did everything correct," said Ryan, the Power's manager. "They moved guys over, they stole bases, they brought guys in, they played great defense, they pitched the ball very well. Not a good recipe to win a game when they're out doing that on your club.
"They just play the game the right way, and to be honest with you, they're fun to watch."The Suns took a 5-0 lead against Power starter Clay Holmes (2-5), scoring two in the second, one in the third and two in the fifth. A walk and a fielding error by second baseman Dilson Herrera started the first uprising, with Wes Schill singling in a run and Pedro Severino recording the first of the Suns' three sacrifice flies.Brandon Miller smacked a homer to left in the third and Will Piwnica-Worms tripled in two in the fifth. Encarnacion (5-3) blew through the Power lineup in the first four innings, walking none and striking out four.Finally, in the bottom of the fifth, the Power's Max Moroff solved Encarnacion, belting his fifth home run of the season to right. Entering the game, Moroff was hitting .218, .136 over the team's last 10 games."He's going to hit. He plays a very good shortstop," Ryan said. "I don't look at the numbers with him, I just look at how he's going about his business. He's done very well."
The Power scored again in the fifth on two singles and a Walker Gourley sacrifice fly. When Encarnacion yielded the mound to Robert Pena, the Power looked as if it could erase the 5-2 deficit.Stetson Allie made it 5-3 in the sixth, singling in Josh Bell for his 55th RBI. But Pena dug in, striking out D.J. Crumlich and Moroff to end the inning.The Power lost a big chance in the seventh off Pena, after Raul Fortunato walked and Francisco Diaz doubled. But Pena got Gourley to line out to first, struck out Barrett Barnes and coaxed Dilson Herrera to fly out to center.Robert Benincasa then picked up his ninth save, allowing a leadoff single in the eighth and putting down the next six Power hitters.While he did that, the Suns scored a run in the eighth off Pat Ludwig and belted Bryton Trepagnier for three in the ninth, scoring on four hits and two sacrifice flies.The teams meet again at 7:05 tonight, with left-hander Nick Lee (1-1, 7.82 ERA) pitching for Hagerstown against Power lefty Orlando Castro (6-3, 2.04). The teams finish the three-game series, and the Power's homestand, at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.
BRIEFLY: Barnes was activated from the disabled list Thursday. The outfielder had been out since May 2, battling a hamstring strain suffered while running out a ground ball. With that move, center fielder Junior Sosa was promoted back to Bradenton of the high-Class A Florida State League. ... Friday was "Power Awareness Night," with the team sporting uniforms with teal sleeves and the number of colored ribbons signaling breast cancer awareness and other causes.Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, email@example.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.