Kyle McPherson pitched no-hit baseball for seven innings, and the West Virginia Power pulled off their second straight shutout of the Lexington Legends on Tuesday, 5-0 in Charleston. The Legends got their only hit in the eighth, Miguel Arrendell's two-out single against reliever Ryan Kelly.
McPherson, 22, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander from Mobile, Ala., left after facing one more than the minimum number of batters. He struck out nine, including all three batters in the second and sixth, and walked one for the Power, an affiliate of the Pirates.
The pitcher told MiLB.com that he understood why he was pulled after seven.
"It was mainly pitch count, I'm at 85-90 as a starter, and I knew I'd hit my limit there," he said.
McPherson struck out 10 in five innings against Delmarva his last time out and is now 3-4 with a 3.70 ERA. He has 48 strikeouts in 482⁄3 innings this season, tied for ninth in the South Atlantic League.
West Virginia scored all five of its runs in the seventh. With one out, Legends reliever Colton Pitkin (0-3) walked consecutive batters. Aaron Baker followed with his fourth home run of the year to give the Power a 3-0 lead. Wander Alvino replaced Pitkin and retired one, but Jesus Cabrera homered to make it 5-0.