APPLESOX GOING FOR FIRST WCL SERIES WIN
The Wenatchee AppleSox (5-6, 2-5), fourth place in the WCL East broke a four-game losing streak last night in an 8-3 win, with five hitters collecting double-digit hit totals against the Medford Rogues (5-5, 5-5)...both Wenatchee and Medford were swept on the weekend by the Corvallis Knights and Kelowna Falcons, respectively...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (5-6) (.455), 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.
The AppleSox snapped a four-game losing streak a night ago, and started the game quickly, with three-consecutive two-out singles in the first to plate a run, and take the early lead...Medford tied the game in the top of the fourth, with a Stefan Panayiotou RBI single...then it was all AppleSox, with a two-run fourth, and three-run fifth...Andrew Helmstadter had an RBI triple in the fourth, the third three-bagger of the year for Wenatchee, a part of a 2-3 2RBI night for the AppleSox DH...Colton Loomis and Dustin Hamilton combined to hold the Rogues scoreless in the final three innings, Monday...the Rogues are now losers of four straight, the longest active losing streak in the WCL.
DOUBLE DIGITS AND STREAKS (AGAIN)
Last night marked the second time in league play this season that the AppleSox have attained double-digit run scoring totals, and it was acheived in back-to-back nights...Sheldon Liikala also extended his active hitting streak in the first inning, after utilizing the ninth inning two nights ago in the 12-inning affair with Corvallis...which began on Opening Night...his streak is now up to 11-consecutive games with a hit...in league play it is a seven-game hitting streak, tied for third-longest active streak behind Bend’s Tyler Davis (9 games), and Kelowna’s Ben Gamba (8 games)...Liikala is currently tied with Christian Cavaness of Bend (7 games), and Cooper Hummel of Bend (8 games) and Dan Mayer of Medford (7 games) each had their consecutive hitting streaks ended, Saturday, 6/13.
RUNS BATTED IN
3-of-7 runs batted in last night for Wenatchee came with two-outs...the AppleSox have driven in 14 runners with two-outs in league play this season...Scott Hilpert leads the team with 4 league two-out RBI (6 total), and Liikala is second in league play with 3 two-out RBI (3 total - T3).
AppleSox are hitting .313 with runners in scoring position...they have 27 RBI on 67 opportunities in league play.
Wenatchee’s offense is slowly coming alive...five players had double digit hit totals last night, and over the last five games the team has hit .264 (47-178), with 26 RBI, to raise the team’s average from its lowest point (.186 - June 11)...the Sox hottest hitter over the last five with multiple games started is Scott Hilpert (.462 - 6-13, 4RBI).
DID THEY STAY AT A HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS?
The AppleSox pitching staff has vastly different ERAs between home and road contests this season (4-home, 3-road)...the staff has a combined 1.65 ERA on the road and 5.77 at Paul Thomas Sr. Field...CJ Gettman and his 16-consecutive scoreless innings streak hopes to change that trend tonight.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 821 games, the AppleSox own a 518-303 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 378-203 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 326-185 (.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 409-260 (.614) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 313-157 (.670) all-time home record, and is 215-165 (.566) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-27 all-time in extra-inning games