WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-11, 5-10) were swept for the second time at home in 2015, and for the first time by the Yakima Valley Pippins (12-6, 12-6) in a 7-4 finale at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Thursday.
Wenatchee got off to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a bases loaded walk for Nick Nyquist. It was Nyquist’s first of three RBI on the night.
Yakima Valley answered the AppleSox early run in the fourth inning off of starter Chris Carns (0-2). The Pippins forced Carns into a taxing inning and worked runs across on an error, single, and fielder’s choice. The three-run inning also included two AppleSox errors.
The Pippins added a fourth run in the fifth inning on a Mitch Skaggs RBI groundout, following a Jace Van De Brake double to start the inning.
The AppleSox got two runs back in the sixth inning on Nick Nyquist’s lone hit of the game. The runs were Nyquist’s second and third RBI of the game. Erik Sauve also had his first two league hits of the season for the AppleSox, singles, in the fourth and ninth innings.
Evan Douglas launched his second home run of the season, and second in as many nights in the seventh inning, Thursday. It was hit to right field with two-outs off of Connor Lau, the Pippins lone reliever on the evening.
Lau picked up a save after working three innings, and holding the Pippins lead to the end. Yakima Valley has now won five-consecutive over the Sox, all at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
The AppleSox hit the road for their next six games, starting with a three-game set at Victoria this weekend. Game one is Friday night at 6:35 p.m. Kyle Blankenship gets the nod for Wenatchee.
WP: Mitch Yada (2-1)
LP: Chris Carns (0-2)
S: Connor Lau (1)