Clay Chandler dominated the Hickory Crawdads over 81/3 innings and Onil Pena slugged his eighth home run of the season in the West Virginia Power’s 4-2 win Tuesday evening at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina.
The outing by Chandler (6-2) was the longest this year by a Power starter. He struck out five while walking one.
West Virginia broke through against Cole Winn (0-2) in the third as Cesar Izturis Jr. led off with a double and scored on a single by Charlie McConnell. The next batter, Keegan McGovern, tripled just inside the first-base bag and into the right-field corner to score McConnell, and Bobby Honeyman lofted a sacrifice fly to right that brought in McGovern to cap the three-run frame.
Pena’s home run in the sixth made it 4-0 Power.
West Virginia (29-29) and Hickory (36-22) conclude their three-game series Wednesday with a 10:30 a.m. start. Ryne Inman (5-4, 4.44 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Power against the Crawdads’ Tyree Thompson (1-2, 3.86 ERA).
The Power returns home for its final first-half home stand Thursday against Greenville.