GAME NOTES 6/14
BASEBALL BLURBS 6/14
APPLESOX LOOKING TO AVOID SWEEP
The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-5, 1-4), fourth place in the WCL East will face a right-handed starter for the first time in league play this season, as the Corvallis Knights (5-4, 4-4), winners of three-straight, offer up Austin Kelly...The AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (4-5) (.444), who is in his 3rd season with the Sox, after managing the pitching staff in 2013 and 2014...Proszek is assisted by Miles Kizer and Cory LeBrun, both in their first seasons.
A big first inning had Wenatchee set up for a big time night, however, it was all Knights the rest of the way...four runs on four hits for Wenatchee in the first inning last night...only three hits the rest of the way...Cory Nelson and Craig Colen combined to send the Sox down 1-2-3 in each of the final four innings...AJ Valencia went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI.
KEEP THE BROOMS IN THE CLOSET
Last time the AppleSox were swept at home, it was July 10-12 , 2014 against the Walla Walla Sweets...the sweep also marked one of two occasions on the year (June 30-July 2 - sweep at home vs. Bellingham), when the AppleSox lost three-consecutive games...the three-game losing streaks were the longest for the AppleSox in 2014.
ABOUT LOSING STREAKS AND RECORDS
The AppleSox have had losing streaks last longer than three games, seven times in franchise history, and twice in the last six years...the team’s longest losing streak is eight games, set in the 2008 season...the AppleSox have only gone 1-4 in their first five league games one other time in franchise history (2007)...the good news, that team went 22-14 the rest of the way and finished second in its division.
FROM THE WRONG SIDE
AppleSox batters have seen left-handed pitching to start each of the first five league games in 2015...the Sox are 1-5 against left-handed starting pitching...3-0 against righties...they face their first righty tonight in Austin Kelly.
PLAYING FROM BEHIND
Despite the stellar starting pitching, the AppleSox have played from behind in 5-of-9 games so far in 2015...the AppleSox average their first scored run in the sixth inning, so far this season (didn’t score in league-opener, tenth in game two, second in game three, seventh in game four, and first last night).
SOX IN THE DRAFT
The AppleSox had 8 players current and former, drafted in the 2015 MLB Draft...James Kaprielian, Mitchell Gunsolus, Reign Letkeman, Ty Moore, Tyler Nevin, Taylor Jones, Ty Jackson, and Nate Esposito were all taken in the draft...Kaprielian is now the highest-drafted former Sox player...Nevin and Letkeman, as a result of the draft, are both done with the Sox in 2015...Nevin had yet to arrive from high school for Wenatchee.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 819 games, the AppleSox own a 517-302 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 377-202 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 325-184 (.642) all-time in WCL league games (including playoffs), and 55-15 (.786) all-time in non-league contests since 2005...all-time, the AppleSox are 408-259 (.614) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 312-156 (.670) all-time home record, and is 215-165 (.566) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-26 all-time in extra-inning games, and the Sox set a record for free baseball last summer, playing eight extended contests (previous high: 6).