West Virginia Power (Pirates) versus Hagerstown Suns (Nationals)
The West Virginia Power were staked to a 4-1 lead thanks to Aaron Baker. On a hot day in Hagerstown, he played his ass off. His two-run homerun was a blast. A monster blast. His defense was just as stellar at first base.
The Power lost the game in large part due to an outfield shift that was taken advantage of by Suns newcomer Rick Hague. The outfield shift left a huge hole and Hague exploited it. I was surprised it was in play with Hague at the plate. Nevertheless, the Suns won a game they had no business winning. It tied the biggest comeback of the season for the Suns.
It was quite disgusting to witness the arrival of Littlefield. Even though he was late to the game, our guys were not surprised. He has the persona of a man that is doing the ……well….nevermind.
RumBunter also has one more “scoop.” It’s nothing earth shattering, but it will surprise you, it did us. If you have seen the Power play in person it might not be a surprise. We have to publish it later in the week. But trust us, if it doesnt piss you off, we didn’t take good enough pictures. Frankly, it made us question one major factor in this “new” Pirates organization.
We learned that Kyle McPherson will pitch this week.
Notes from the game below: If you are a diehard fan this might make sense to you.
WV Power Lineup
**Evan Chambers #53 cf
GO (6)-3. Foulout3. HBP. Worked a fullcount into a BB off new Sun Pitcher Kyle Morrision. Reached first and second on throwing error on third baseman. Seems overmatched at crucial counts. Not agressive at the plate.
**Elevys Gonzalez #5 2b
Bunt Bloxom(5) to Newsome(3)
Fly out LF. Fly to deep cf for 2nd out. Birto tagged went to 3rd.
Hit gb to 2b moved Chambers over second baseman threw high to pitcher covering.
In ninth grounded out on first pitch w/ runers on second and third. End ninth.
**Jose Hernandez #23 dH
GO. GO 6to4endsinnin. 2run2b off left center wall. (Chambers thrown out trying to steal third) groundout to third.
In 10th K. Weak day for JH.
**Aaron Baker #47 1b
K. Sharp single to RF on first pitch
Crushed 2-run Homer to Right center
Sharp liner to cf caught. Hit sharp, resounding each at bat.
In 10th Wort pitching. Baker 2-for-4 came to the plate with one out. K. Stud.
**David Rubenstein #15 rf
HBP. 5 to 4 forces Baker ends. Missed at bat. Missed again. K. 3b coach argued…
In 10th 0for3 fell behind 0-2. Grounded out 63. This guy Wort is solid. Big hose.
**Rogelio Noris #35 lf
HBP. K hiheat. Double to LF. K.ends inning.
**Ramon Cabrera #38 c
K looking K looking endsinn. K. Led off 9th with a single up the middle. (Caught by ss throw too late and wide)
**Jesus Brito #34 3b
K looking. Sharp1B to left. K. Failed twice to get bunt in fair territory then K’d on pitch low and out of zone. Looks raw at 3B. Worse at plate today.
**Bengie Gonzalez #12 ss
Liner to P dropped. Reached Error. Got out. Pitcher to first. In 9th liner to RF for second out.
Jason Erickson. 3.81era. Strong outing. Gamer. Seemed to gain agressiveness as game progessed.
Justin Innis. some nice breaking balls for strikeouts. Was ahead in count when he allowed two run double. Left the pitch in middle middle.
New pitcher Zach Foster in the ninth. Not sure it made sense to bring in Foster. Confidence seemed lacking. Tenth inning was a meat fest.