The West Virginia Power fell 5-3 at Kannapolis Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series in what was also its final game before the minor league All-Star break.
After falling behind 2-0 after the first three frames, West Virginia scratched across a run in the fifth inning when Kannapolis starter Kelvis Valerio’s wild pitch allowed Arden Pabst to score, before adding another in the top of the sixth when Carlos Munoz singled home Adrian Valerio to tie the game at 2-2.
But the Intimidators (39-29), who finish as the Northern Division champion of the first half of the season, answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the sixth on a three-run go-ahead homer from Seby Zavala that gave Kannapolis a 5-2 lead.
The Power’s Albert Baur trimmed it to 5-3 with a solo homer in the top of the eighth, but that was all the offense West Virginia could muster the rest of the way.
Kannapolis’ Kevin Escoria recorded a blown save but also picked up the win to improve to 3-3 on the season. Mike Morrison picked up his 10th save for the Intimidators.
The Power’s Eduardo Vera took a no decision after allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) over five innings. Matt Anderson (4-5) took the loss.
West Virginia (30-36) finished in sole possession of fifth place in the Northern Division for the first half of the South Atlantic League’s regular season, meaning they will need to secure a top-2 finish (unless Kannapolis again finishes with the best record) to earn a berth into the playoffs.
The South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will feature pitcher Cam Vieaux, second basemen Trae Arbet and outfielder Ty Moore from the Power, will be held Tuesday night at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, S.C. West Virginia will then begin the second half of its regular season on Thursday at home, opening with a four-game series against the Lexington Legends.