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Rockers Fall 10-7 in Series Finale at West Virginia

By High Point Rockers, 09/06/21, 4:30PM EDT

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High Point hits three home runs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Power scored four times in the first inning and were able to hold off the High Point Rockers in posting a 10-7 win on Monday at Appalachian Power Park.

The Rockers are now 49-40 on the season and 18-11 in the second half of the season.  High Point maintains a one game lead over West Virginia in the second half of the Atlantic League’s South Division.

Johnny Field had three hits for the Rockers while Jay Gonzalez, Jerry Downs and Mike Gulino each had two hits. Downs, Gonzalez and Jared Mitchell all hit home runs for the Rockers.

High Point starter Craig Stem (4-9) allowed 10 hits and seven runs in his four innings of work.  West Virginia’s Alexis Candelario (3-7) earned the win, allowing eight hits and five runs in 5.2 innings.  The first three hitters in West Virginia’s line-up, Teodoro Martinez, Alberto Callaspo and Jimmy Paredes, were a combined 10-for-14 at the plate with seven runs scored and three extra base hits.

West Virginia touched High Point Stem for four runs in the bottom of the first.  The Power scored on a Rymer Liriano single, a throwing error by Gulino, and a two-run double by Yovan Gonzalez.

High Point’s Jared Mitchell hit a solo homer, his 13th of the year, in the third to make it a 4-1 game.

West Virginia added a pair of runs off Stem in the fourth to go up 6-1.  Martinez singled and Paredes tripled.  Paredes scored on an infield ground out by Edwin Espinal.

In High Point’s half of the sixth, Candelario issued a two-out walk to Stephen Cardullo and Giovanny Alfonzo followed with a single.  Gonzalez then unleashed a homer to right, his second of the year, to pull High Point within three runs at 7-4. Candelario then walked Gulino and Mitchell before Field hit a check-swing bloop single to right to score Gulino.  Reliever Luis Guzman struck out Michael Martinez to end the inning.

West Virginia’s Callaspo belted a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Power back up 9-5. Callaspo brought home another run in the seventh when Martinez doubled and scored on Callaspo’s single for a 10-5 lead.

With one out in the top of the ninth, James McOwen reached on a ground ball under the glove of West Virginia first baseman Paredes.  Downs followed with his 17th homer of the year to make it a 10-7 game.  Power reliever Junior Rincon, who had finished the eighth inning, then hit Cardullo with a pitch before fanning Alfonzo for the second out of the inning.  Rincon then walked Gonzalez before striking out Gulino to end the game.

High Point will return home following the game and will open a six-game homestand that starts on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Gastonia Honey Hunters at Truist Point.