West Virginia Power (4-3, 27-50) at Lakewood BlueClaws (3-4, 29-47)
Game 78 | June 28, 2012 | FirstEnergy Park | Lakewood, NJ
Radio: ESPN Radio 104.5 FM & 1490 and wvpower.com Air Time- 6:45 pm
RH Ryan Hafner (0-5, 6.53) vs. RH Colin Kleven (4-6, 4.40)
Hafner: Allowed 3 R on 2 H with 2 K and 5 BB over 3.0 IP in 6/23 Loss vs. LEX (5-2 Legends)
Kleven: Allowed 7 R on 7 H with 3 K and 2 BB over 3.0 IP in 6/23 Loss @ HAG (10-8 Suns)
POWER REPLAY: West Virginia knocked off Lakewood 7-2 on Wednesday night. The BlueClaws took a 2-0 lead in the first against Robby Rowland on three hits. The Power tied the game in the third on three hits, two errors, and a wild pitch. West Virginia scored five in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good. Seven different players drove in a run to back Robby Rowland's second straight victory. Rowland, Robbie Kilcrease, and Nathan Kilcrease combined to limit the BlueClaws to five hits and two walks after the first inning.
STOPPED AND GOING: Jose Osuna and Eric Avila saw their respective hitting streaks end on Wednesday night. Osuna had hit safely in nine straight prior to Wednesday's 0-3, while Avila's streak was snapped at seven by going 0-2 as a late game replacement. Alen Hanson, however, had one hit last night in two at bats to extend his current streak to eight in a row dating back to June 16. Hanson was removed from the game in the sixth inning with an injury, forcing Avila into his spot in the lineup.
OUTHIT AGAIN... BUT: Lakewood outhit West Virginia for the third straight game, but the Power have taken the last two games in the series. The victories on Tuesday and Wednesday were just the fourth and fifth wins in 44 games when being outhit by the opponent.
FIRST TIME AT FIRSTENERGY: The Power conclude their first 2012 trip to FirstEnergy Park this evening at 7:05 pm. West Virginia trails the all-time series 53-46 and have gone 20-22 on the road in the matchup since 2005. Of the 13 games remaining this season between West Virginia and Lakewood, four will be played in New Jersey. The BlueClaws will be in Charleston for a five game series starting on July 4 and return to West Virginia in early August.
REHAB RUMOR: Multiple sources have reported that Philadelphia Phillies All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard will make a rehab appearance for Lakewood on tonight in the series finale against the Power. Howard has never faced the West Virginia Power during three different stints in the South Atlantic League, though he was 10-47 in 2002 while a full-fledged member of the BlueClaws roster on his way up to the Majors. He has also made two other rehab appearances spanning three games over the last six seasons. Ryan Hafner, tonight's Power starter, was 11 years old when Howard played in the SAL in 2002.
BACK TO THE FUTURE(S): Former Power pitcher Jameson Tallion was selected to participate in the 2012 Futures Game during the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities in Kansas City on July 8. Tallion went 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA for West Virginia last year and is 4-6 with a 4.10 ERA for Bradenton this season. He will be joined on the U.S. roster by fellow Pirates Prospect Gerrit Cole. Tallion would be the first former Power player to appear in a Futures Game since Starling Marte in 2010. Chase d'Arnaud was selected last year but could not play due to a Major League promotion.
PROMO UPDATE- JULY 4: West Virginia's next BIG 12 promotional night is July 4 at 7:05 pm against Lakewood. The team will host appearances by Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, and Foofa from Yo Gabba Gabba. The evening will end with a post game fireworks show.
POWER POINTS: 41 percent of West Virginia's second half schedule will be played against the Lakewood BlueClaws and Delmarva Shorebirds... Eric Fryer (WV Power- 2008) was added to the Pirates 40-man roster Tuesday and recalled to Pittsburgh. Starting catcher Rod Barajas is day-to-day with an injury. Fryer made his Major League debut last season.
AROUND THE ORGANIZATION: Pittsburgh held off Philadelphia 11-7 after building an 8-2 lead... Indianapolis beat Toledo 9-6... Altoona fell 5-2 at Harrisburg... Bradenton scored four in the fourth en route to a 5-23 win at Dunedin... State College edged Batavia 6-2 and improved to 7-3 this year.
ON THE AIR: All 140 West Virginia Power games can be heard on ESPN 104.5 FM and 1490 AM in Charleston, WV, across the state on the Power Radio Network, and online at milb.com. Adam Marco will call the action for each of the 70 home games this season, while the home team will provide coverage while the Power are on the road.