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The West Virginia Power open their first homestand of the 2016 season Thursday. You should go because, well, it’s baseball … and it’s supposed to be clear and warm … and you are likely to see this pitching staff continue to roll.

The Power is off to a 3-2 start with road games looming Tuesday night and Wednesday night before the team returns to the Mountain State. The two losses came when the Power allowed three runs (two earned) in the season opener at Greensboro, and two runs in Monday night’s shutout at Greenville.

Overall, the Power has allowed just nine runs through five games this season — only six of which were earned. That puts Charleston’s low-Class A minor league baseball team among the top pitching staff’s for team EERA in ALL of the minor leagues. Here’ the list:

Oklahoma City (AAA, Dodgers), 0.78 ERA (46.0 IP)
West Virginia Power (low-A, Pirates), 1.17 ERA (46.0 IP)
Frisco (AA, Rangers), 1.31 ERA (48.0 IP)
Corpus Christi (AA, Astros), 1.31 ERA (48.0 IP)
Hartford (AA, Rockies), 1.76 ERA (41.0 IP)
Pensacola (AA, Reds), 1.88 ERA (48.0 IP)

This list excludes any teams that have yet to play at least five games, but only Oklahoma City ranks better than the Power. West Virginia has allowed earned runs of 2, 0, 1, 1, 2 in its five games. Pretty impressive.