GREENVILLE, S.C. — The West Virginia Power blanked the Greenville Drive 2-0 on Tuesday night – April 12 – at Fluor Field. JT Brubaker pitched five and two-third no-hit innings before Daniel Zamora and Julio Eusebio finished the shutout effort and the Power offense plated two in the eighth to secure the win.
Brubaker allowed one earned run on two hits in his Opening Day start last Thursday. On Tuesday, the right-hander retired eight in a row to start his outing before walking a batter. Brubaker would walk a batter in the fifth as well and added six strikeouts through five innings. In the sixth with two down, Mitchell Gunsolus singled to center to break up the no-hitter, but tried to stretch the hit to a double. Tito Polo threw Gunsolus out at second the end the inning.
The Power offense, shut out 2-0 by the Drive on Monday, broke through with two runs in the top of the eighth against reliever Victor Diaz. Polo doubled and scored on a double by Ke’Bryan Hayes. Carlos Munoz followed with a single to score Hayes and give the Power an insurance run.
In the bottom of the ninth, Greenville put two on against Daniel Zamora and loaded the bases with two outs after Julio Eusebio walked Jospeh Monge. Eusebio induced a ground ball to end the game and leave the bases full.
Neither Brubaker nor Drive starter Matt Kent factored in the decision. Zamora (2-0) earned the win and Eusebio recorded his first save. Diaz (0-2) allowed both runs and was charged with the loss. Hayes paced the Power with two hits and Munoz’s RBI was his first of the season. With the win, the Power have clinched a winning record on the seven game road trip.
Through six games, West Virginia starting pitchers have worked 31 innings and allowed only one earned run for a combined ERA of 0.29.
The Power and Drive conclude this series with a rubber match on Wednesday night. Logan Sendelbach makes his second start of the season and will square off against Anderson Espinosa at 7:05 P.M. West Virginia will return to Charleston for its home opener on Thursday night against the Lexington Legends.