APPLESOX TO PLAY FIRST DIVISIONAL HOME SERIES OF 2015
The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-8, 5-7), fourth place in the WCL East, play host to last year’s East Division Champions, the Yakima Valley Pippins (9-6, 9-6)...the Sox escaped Bellingham by avoiding a sweep, Sunday, after holding the Bells to a season-low three hits...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (8-8) (.500), 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.
LAST TIME OUT
The AppleSox avoided a series sweep at Bellingham, Sunday....Hunter Wells earned his team-leading second win of the season, and the AppleSox stifled the Bells, winning 5-1, after holding Bellingham to its lowest hit total of the season (3)...Keston Hiura, Mitchell Holland, and Keaton Smith all had doubles in the game, and the Sox fourth extra-base hit came on a ninth inning home run for Hiura, his first of the season...team’s second....Colton Loomis and Brian Gadsby combined to throw four shutout innings out of the ‘pen for the Sox.
As stated on page one, five of the first nine all-time meetings between the AppleSox and Pippins were decided by two runs or fewer...so far, this season, Wenatchee is 1-4 in one-run games and Yakima Valley is 2-3...last season the AppleSox were 9-8 in one-run games and the Pippins were 8-7, ranking fifth and fourth in the WCL for one-run game records, respectively.
Both Keston Hiura and CJ Gettman have qualified as members of the league batting and pitching leaderboards...Hiura ranks eighth in batting with a .375 average (9x24, HR, 3RBI)...Gettman is the league’s fourth-best pitcher with a 0.68 ERA over 13.1 IP, and a 1-0 record...the Pippins have a pitching leader, Darrion Simmons (9th), 1.33 ERA, 1-2, 20.1 IP.
HALF THE OFFENSE
Over the last five games, only two AppleSox hitters are hitting above .200, and they are both from UC Irvine...Keston Hiura is hitting .353 (6x17, HR, 3RBI), and Mitchell Holland is at .435 to lead all hitters (10x23, HR, 5 RBI)...coincidentally, both hit home runs at Bellingham for the Sox’ first round-trippers of the season...they have combined for 16 of the teams 33 hits over the last five games and eight of 19 RBI.
AFTER FACING THE LEADOFF MAN...
AppleSox pitching has been potent, once it gets through the first hitter of each inning...leadoff hitters average .287 off Sox pitching...with runners on base, opponents are only hitting .222 (46x207)...with runners in scoring position, .207 (29x140)...with the bases loaded, .200 (5x25, 0HR)...with scoring position and 2-outs, .143 (9x63).
HOME SWEET HOME
While the offense has been struggling lately, the offensive AppleSox are much better within the friendly confines...the Sox hit .268 (55x205, 11 x-base, 31 RBI) at home, and only .187 on the road (36x193, 7 x-base [2HR], 17 RBI).
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 826 games, the AppleSox own a 521-305 (.633) record...the AppleSox are 381-205 (.654) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 329-187 (.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 412-262 (.614) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 315-157 (.670) all-time home record, and is 216-167 (.566) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-27 all-time in extra-inning games, and the Sox set a record for free baseball last summer, playing eight extended contests.