CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (15-8, 12-8) were led by strong starting pitching on Saturday night, but were unable to make up for defensive miscues against the Corvallis Knights (11-9), who won 2-1.
Ian Buckles tossed seven innings of three hit baseball and two runs came around to score on him in the fifth inning. Both were ruled unearned after a lead off walk and two errors loaded the bases with one out.
Buckles ended up hitting Michael Lucarelli with a pitch to drive in the first run. The second was earned on a Tim Rausch sacrifice fly.
The AppleSox scoring came in the second inning, as Caleb Wood and Ty Jackson started off the inning with back to back singles. Simon Rosenbaum sacrificed the runners into scoring position and Joe Gillette drove in Wood with an RBI double under the glove of the third baseman Kevin Farley.
Corvallis starter Jackson Lockwood threw six innings of six hit baseball and allowed just the one run. His bullpen picked him up, including closer Brandon Choate who picked up his second save of the season against the AppleSox. He retired the side in the top of the ninth on just 12 pitches.
Corvallis’ win sets up a rubber match game three, Sunday. The AppleSox will place Drew Rasmussen on the mound. The future Oregon State Beaver will make his first Goss Stadium start at 6:05 p.m.
WEN 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
COR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
WP – Jackson Lockwood
LP – Ian Buckles
S – Brandon Choate