CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cody Grice hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Nick Goody struck out the final four batters of the game to help lead the Charleston RiverDogs to a 5-4 win over the West Virginia Power in South Atlantic League action on Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park.
The win snaps the RiverDogs’ (63-61, 24-33 second half) four-game losing streak.
Saxon Butler started the second inning by hitting his second home run of the year out to right-center. Later in the inning, with two on and one out, Grice provided the second homer of the inning with his three-run blast. It was the first homer of the year for the right fielder and gave the RiverDogs a 4-0 lead.
After a Casey Stevenson RBI single pushed the lead to 5-0, the Power (55-73, 32-26) used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases in the bottom of the inning.
With two outs, Eric Avila connected on a grand slam to left to cut Charleston’s lead to one. Avila’s slam was the first one allowed by Charleston this year and the first one hit by West Virginia all year.
After another walk, Goody took over and made sure the Power wouldn’t score again.
He struck out Willy Garcia to end the eighth and then struck out the side in the ninth to end the game and earn his sixth save.
The rubber game of this three game set is tonight at 7:05.
Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (7-11, 5.07 ERA) is scheduled to start for Charleston, and lefty Zac Fuesser (3-6, 4.86 ERA) will start for West Virginia.