WENATCHEE, Wash. – For the second straight night, Ty Jackson provided a go-ahead RBI for the Wenatchee AppleSox (34-23, 30-22), but this time it was in the eighth inning instead of extras. The AppleSox went on to beat the Yakima Valley Pippins (33-19), 8-6 to even the WCL Wild Card race.
The Pippins were red hot coming into Friday night’s match up. Riding a ten game win streak, Sam Brown knew the perfect way to cool off Yakima Valley. He lasered a two run home run just over the top of the right field wall for a 2-0, AppleSox lead.
Wenatchee added one in the second on a bases loaded walk, as Pippins starter Matt Trask began to fall behind.
In the fourth inning, Yakima Valley pushed across their first run of the game. A Vince Fernandez single, with a runner at second, brought Mitch Skaggs home from second.
The AppleSox promptly answered as Sam Brown singled home another AppleSox run, with Saturday’s starter, Tyler Frost, coming across to score one of his three runs in the game.
Yakima Valley came back with one more in the top of the fifth and evened the game in the bottom of the sixth off of Travis Cook, as Clark McKitrick’s base runners came around to score, following two one-two-three innings for the southpaw.
A Troy LaBrie 2 RBI single, evened the contest at 6.
The AppleSox made their final push in the bottom of the eighth, as the score of the Bend-Klamath Falls game went final.
Klamath Falls needs to beat Bend twice, paired with an AppleSox sweep, in order to earn Wenatchee the wild card.
Brown walked and reached second on a great read of a wild pitch in the dirt. Jackson then singled Brown home from second on a knock back up the middle. A double for McCann scored Jackson and gave the AppleSox an 8-6 lead.
Travis Cook held on in the ninth, allowing just a single (however, it was almost robbed by Brown, who attempted a diving catch in left center). He followed the base hit up with a strikeout swinging and a ground out to second.
With the win, the AppleSox drew even with Bend record-wise. The AppleSox now just need to overtake Bend by one game in order to win the wild card. The easiest way to accomplish the task is by winning their final two and having Bend drop one of their last two.
The AppleSox will face off with Yakima in a big Saturday night contest with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Frost will take the mound for Wenatchee.
YAK 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 6 8 2
WEN 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 x 8 12 1
WP – Travis Cook
LP – Austin Hansen