LEXINGTON, Ky. - The West Virginia Power split a pair of seven-inning games with the Lexington Legends Saturday, dropping the opening game 4-2 and winning the nightcap 3-1.In the first game, the Power scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Lexington answered quickly, however, with one run in the first inning and a three-run second inning to go up 4-2.Legends starter Daniel Stumpf (8-7) kept the Power at bay for the remainder of the game, pitching the entire seven innings, only allowing five hits.The nightcap featured a much tougher Power pitching staff that allowed just five hits. Starter Kyle Haynes (2-1) recorded five strikeouts through 32/3 innings while relievers Thomas Harlan (4-3) and Jhondaniel Medina gave up only three hits the rest of the way. Harlan was credited with the win.
Power left fielder Luis Urena hammered a second-inning homer that scored two runs, and center fielder Raul Fortunato drove in an insurance run in the fifth.West Virginia (21-13) still sits in first place of the South Atlantic League Northern Division, a half game ahead of Hagerstown. The Power will finish its series against Lexington (22-13) at 1:35 p.m. today before coming back to Appalachian Power Park for a seven-game homestand beginning Monday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates transferred left-handed pitcher Thomas Harlan from Bradenton to the Power on Saturday.