|No. 9 Sox Return Home, Conclude Series with Sweets|
The No. 9 Wenatchee AppleSox are back home for West Coast League competition for the first time in over a week as they welcome the Walla Walla Sweets to conclude a four-game set.
Just as the July 2-5 series was split, this series has been done the same way -- the first two games were played in Walla Walla, and the final two will be held at Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium. For the Sox, returning home couldn't come soon enough.
Wenatchee dropped the first two games in Walla Walla in heartbreaking fashion. In the series opener, the Sox (27-14) had a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th, but the Sweets (18-24) tied things up. After the Sox went down quietly in the top of the 9th, Walla Walla's Kris Paulino drove in Beau Fraser for the winning run.
In last night's affair, the Sox were trailing 3-2 with bases loaded and one out, but Josh Rapacz grounded into a game-ending double play, and the Sweets escaped with another victory.
The losses have made things extremely tight, as it pertains to the East Division playoff race. Bellingham has taken two games from Kelowna in their series, and now the Bells sit just one game back of the Sox for first place -- the closest the race has been since early June.
Wenatchee will travel to Kelowna for a four-game set on July 29 before returning home for another key divisional series with Bellingham, before ending the regular season with a three-game series against Kitsap.
Tickets to all games can be purchased here or at the Town Toyota Center box office in Wenatchee. Tickets will also be made available at the Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium ticket booth, which opens one hour prior to game time.