Mike Jefferson pitched six innings of one-run ball for his seventh win as the West Virginia Power defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 7-1 in the second game of a South Atlantic League doubleheader on Thursday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with 4,273 on hand. In game one, Casey Stevenson drove in four runs and the RiverDogs came within one out of a no-hitter in a 7-2 victory in front of 4,018.
The split gives Charleston a record of 69-63 (30-35 in the second half) on the season. West Virginia now stands at 57-79 (35-31 in the second half).
Jefferson (7-7) was outstanding in neutralizing the RiverDogs' offense. He allowed only one hit, a homer by Francisco Arcia in the sixth inning, walked two and struck out four. After an error put a man on in the second, he retired the next eight in a row. His lineup, meanwhile, had no trouble getting him the runs he needed for the win.
West Virginia quickly seized the lead on an RBI triple by Taylor Lewis in the first inning off Will Oliver (3-6). Gregory Polanco (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs) added to it in the third with a long solo homer to right.
The Power offense broke out in the fifth for four runs to extend the lead to 6-0. Alen Hanson (2-2, RBI, 3 runs) started the scoring with an RBI double to right. Polanco tacked on two more with a single back through the middle and Eric Avila finished the rally with a double to left that scored Polanco.
After Lewis added an insurance run in the sixth with a run-scoring double, Nathan Kilcrease finished the game off by getting the last three outs.
Game one resumed in the top of the fourth inning of a scoreless game. Both teams were shutout in the fourth, but the RiverDogs broke on top in the fifth, scoring the game's first run on an RBI single by Stevenson (2-3, 4 RBI, 2 runs). Reymond Nunez (2-3, 2 RBI) made it 2-0 with an RBI double off pitcher Pat Ludwig (0-1).
In the sixth, Charleston used six straight hits to take a 7-0 lead and blow open the game. Dante Bichette, Jr. knocked in the first run of the frame with an RBI single. After another single loaded the bases, Stevenson brought everyone home by lacing a triple into right-center, giving him 4 RBIs in the game. Nunez then knocked in the final run of the inning with an RBI single to right.
Philip Wetherell took over on the mound when the game restarted in the fourth and almost helped accomplish some history. Brett Gerritse had started the game yesterday and held West Virginia hitless for three innings. In the fourth, fifth and sixth, Wetherell (6-8) retired the side in order and kept the Power hitless. He then retired the first two men in the seventh, but couldn't finish it off, as a clean single to center by Jose Osuna broke up the no-hit bid. West Virginia later scored twice on a single by Lewis, but Chris Lashmet flied out to center to end the game.
BALLPARK FUN: RiverDogs radio broadcasters Sean Houston and Rebecca Woolard were spooked by a bat that flew into their booth and stuck around for a little while to check out some of the action.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs hit the road to Augusta for their final regular season road trip of 2012. The first game is scheduled for Friday night at 7:05 pm and RHP Cesar Vargas (0-0, 3.86 ERA) will start for Charleston against LHP Edwin Escobar (7-7, 3.02 ERA)