APPLESOX TRYING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM GAME ONE LOSS
The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-9, 5-8), fourth place in the WCL East, will try to even the series with the Yakima Valley Pippins (10-6, 10-6), after the Pippins scored the first six runs of the series last night, on the way to a 6-3 win...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (8-9) (.471), 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 lost game one after the Pippins mounted six combined runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, Tuesday...Wenatchee scored three runs of its own in the eighth inning, helped out by two pivotal errors for Yakima Valley, and a 2-RBI single for Sheldon Liikala, and an RBI 2B for Evan Douglas...Wyatt Mills closed for Yakima Valley and earned his league-leading fifth save.
As stated on page one, five of the first ten 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.
BULLPEN TAKING FORM
Outside of Micael Taylor’s lost lead, Saturday night, the AppleSox bullpen has been stout of late...Gadsby (10.2), Sparling (6), Hamilton (4.2), Contonio (3), Loomis (4.2), have combined to throw 29 consecutive scoreless innings. out of the ‘pen.
AFTER FACING THE LEADOFF MAN...
AppleSox pitching has been potent, once it gets through the first hitter of each inning...leadoff hitters average .275 off Sox pitching...with runners on base, opponents are only hitting .231 (50x216)...with runners in scoring position, .218 (32x147)...with the bases loaded, .200 (5x25, 0HR)...with scoring position and 2-outs, .141 (9x69).
HOME SWEET HOME
While the offense has been struggling lately, the offensive AppleSox are much better within the friendly confines...the Sox hit .252 (60x238, 12 x-base, 34 RBI) at home, and only .187 on the road (36x193, 7 x-base [2HR], 17 RBI).
TROUBLE WITH LEFTIES
The AppleSox pitching staff has been nailing down right-handed hitters, holding them to a .228 average...against left-handed hitters the AppleSox have given up both of their home runs on the season, and a .266 average...this stat might not come as a surprise for a team that utilizes only one left-handed pitcher (Dustin Hamilton, reliever).
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 827 games, the AppleSox own a 521-306 (.630) record...the AppleSox are 381-206 (.649) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 329-188 (.636) 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 412-263 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 315-158 (.667) all-time home record, and is 216-167 (.564) 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.