CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Willy Garcia belted two home runs and drove in four runs for the West Virginia Power as they knocked off the Charleston RiverDogs, 9-2, in South Atlantic League baseball Monday night at Appalachian Power Park.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the RiverDogs (62-61, 23-33 second half). The Power (55-72, 32-25) picked up their third straight win.
West Virginia got going quickly against starter Corey Black (1-2). In the first inning, Dan Gamache ripped a ground-rule double to score one run. Eric Avila tacked on two more runs with a double. Alen Hanson added to the lead in the second inning when he lined a two-run single as the Power went ahead 5-0 after two innings.
Charleston got on the board in the fourth when Ben Gamel tripled and scored on a groundout by Ali Castillo, but starter Mike Jefferson (5-7) wouldn’t allow anything else. In six innings, he gave up only three hits along with that one run to earn his fifth win. The lefty didn’t issue a walk and struck out four on the night.
In the sixth, Garcia hit a solo homer to make it 6-1.
Charleston cut the lead to 6-2 when Nick McCoy singled and scored on an error, but Garcia responded again with another long ball, his 18th on the year. This time, it was a three-run shot to center to make it 9-2.
The second game of this three-game series is 7 p.m. today. The RiverDogs will send right-hander Scottie Allen (4-7, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against right-hander Robby Rowland (8-3, 3.31 ERA).