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Power drops 2nd straight to Bird, Grasshoppers

By Staff report
CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail
The Power’s Hunter Owen watches his ball go over the outfield wall for a home run in the fifth inning against Greensboro on Sunday at Appalachian Power Park.
CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail
Power catcher Arden Pabst goes after the ball as Greensboro’s Corey Bird drops his bat and runs to first after a sacrifice bunt on Sunday. Bird was the 2013 Kanawha Valley Player of the Year for state baseball champion Herbert Hoover High School before heading to Marshall for college.

The West Virginia Power has lost four of its last five games, including the last two contests against the visiting Grasshoppers, after Greensboro scored early and often to ultimately come away with a 7-3 win at Appalachian Power Park on Sunday.

Greensboro (12-10) wasted little time in getting to Power starter James Marvel (4-7), who took the loss after allowing six runs (three earned) on four hits over five innings of work.

All three earned runs for the Grasshoppers came in the first two innings.

Former Herbert Hoover and Marshall baseball standout Corey Bird kept up his hot hitting against the Power (9-14) as he finished 2 for 4 with an RBI triple in the first frame on Sunday. Bird has four hits in the first two games of the series.

Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, the game really got away from the Power when Greensboro tacked on three unearned runs when a fly ball bounced off center fielder Garrett Brown’s glove with two outs and the bases loaded.

The three-run error made it 6-0 for the visitors.

West Virginia responded with a solo home run from third baseman Hunter Owen in the bottom half of the fifth to cut it to 6-1, the first home run in 10 games for the Power. Albert Baur homered in Lexington on July 4.

The Power scraped across another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Carlos Munoz before tallying their final score in the eighth when Arden Pabst singled home Munoz to make it 7-3.

The Power will look to avoid a sweep in the series finale of the three-game set against the Grasshoppers on Monday evening with a 7 p.m. first pitch at Appalachian Power Park.

West Virginia has a scheduled off-day Tuesday and will then travel to Kannapolis for a quick three-game road trip.

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