Charleston, S.C. — Luis Escobar struck out seven and allowed just three hits in five innings as the West Virginia Power shutout the Charleston RiverDogs 2-0 Thursday evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.
West Virginia (29-34) staked Escobar to an early lead in the top of the second. The Power’s Brent Gibbs and Carlos Munoz led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Gibbs moved to third on a passed ball before scoring on a RBI-flyout by Clark Eagan.
Eagan plated another run in the top of the fourth, scoring Hunter Owen on a two-out single to left field to put the Power up 2-0.
Escobar (6-2) started strong, retiring the first nine batters he faced, and didn’t give up a hit until the bottom of the fifth.
The Power’s Ronny Agustin tossed two innings of shutout relief for the hold and Geoff Hartlieb allowed just one hit over the eighth and ninth innings to earn his fifth save of the season.
Jio Orozco took the loss for Charleston, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out three in six innings.
West Virginia opens a three-game series in Kannapolis Friday night at 7:05. James Marvel will start for the Power against the Intimidators’ Bernardo Flores.