Kelvin De Leon hit two home runs and a triple to drive in six runs as he led an explosive RiverDogs offense to a 14-0 victory over the West Virginia Power before 2,874 at Riley Park on Sunday night.
De Leon's day was tied for his career best for RBIs. It was also the most runs driven in by a RiverDog since last August, when J.R. Murphy had nine.
De Leon's first homer came in Charleston's four-run first. Charleston was already ahead when De Leon came up for his first plate appearance. With Ramon Flores on third base, the right fielder's first blast was a long drive over the wall in left.
"That ball was hit well," manager Aaron Ledesma said. "When he squares them up, they're going a long way."
De Leon hit his second two-run homer in the seventh, scoring himself and Flores. De Leon said he approached the plate just looking for a good pitch that he could hit well.
Between his home runs, De Leon had a two-run triple in the fifth inning. His shot to center field with two outs scored Shane Brown and Kevin Mahoney.
"His triple shows me that he's staying on the ball, and that's a good sign," Ledesma said. "The key for him is to use the whole field."
De Leon said his great outing was made even better by the fact that the rest of his teammates helped put runs on the board.
"It was fun because it wasn't just me who contributed, it was the whole team," De Leon said.
With all the run support, the RiverDogs didn't need a great pitching performance, but they got it anyway, as three Charleston pitchers combined to shutout West Virginia. Shane Greene started for Charleston, allowing only three hits in 4 1/3 innings.
It was Star Wars Day at Riley Park. To celebrate the event, Darth Vader himself threw out the first pitch before the game.
Jose Ramirez (5-3, 4.50 ERA) will start for Charleston tonight in Game 3 of the four-game set. The Power will send Zack Von Rosenberg (3-7, 7.04 ERA).