West Virginia Power vs. Charleston RiverDogs

Tonight, 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:05 a.m.

Thursday: 7:05 p.m.

Where: Riley Park

Affiliations: West Virginia – Pittsburgh Pirates; Charleston– New York Yankees

Records: West Virginia 8-10; Charleston 8-9.

Tickets: 577-3647

The Charleston RiverDogs open up a seven-game homestand beginning with a three-game series tonight at Riley Park against the West Virginia Power.

The RiverDogs will conclude the homestand with a four-game series against the Kannapolis Intimidators, which is set to start on Friday.

The RiverDogs are tied for fourth in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division at 8-9, while the Power (8-10) are in fifth place in the North Division.

The Power are led by first baseman Stetson Allie, a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010. Allie is sixth in the SAL in hitting with a .380 average and second in home runs (6) and RBIs (20). West Virginia outfielder Josh Bell leads the league in RBIs with 21. Bell, a second-round pick of the Pirates in 2011, received a $5 million signing bonus. The 19-year-old is hitting .288 with two homers.

The RiverDogs are led at the plate by catcher Peter O’Brien, a second-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2012. The former University of Miami star is hitting a team-high .300 with two homers and eight RBIs.

RiverDogs right-handed starter Gabriel Encinas, a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft by the Yankees, is second in the SAL with a 0.53 ERA. In three starts, Encinas has given up just one earned run and seven hits in 17 innings pitched. Teams are hitting just .123 against him this season.

This week’s promotions will be highlighted by the RiverDogs Zero-K “Race to the Bar” run.

The so-called race will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. before the first pitch against West Virginia.

“This event is for the out-of-shape, uncommitted track star in all of us that just want to have fun,” joked Melissa Azevedo, the RiverDogs’ special events director.

The event, which is open to all participants 21 and over, has a $25 entry fee that includes a race packet, T-shirt, race bib, postrace dinner and a ticket to the game.

As with all RiverDogs’ wacky special events, awards will be presented to the best beer belly, most in need of new running shoes and best costume. The top prize will be awarded to the “most excited to start drinking.”

There will also be several fun contests that include beer trivia and a beer pong tournament.