GAME NOTES 6/25
BASEBALL BLURBS 6/25
APPLESOX ATTEMPTING TO AVOID HOME SWEEP
The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-10, 5-9), fourth place in the WCL East, will look to fend off a sweep at the hands of the Yakima Valley Pippins (11-6, 11-6), after the Pippins ended up on the winning-end of a 10-8 offensive shootout a night ago...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (8-10) (.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.
LAST TIME OUT
Yakima Valley jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after three innings of play, Wednesday...the AppleSox jumped back into the contest in the fourth, with a five-run inning, as the team combined to hit for a “mini-cycle,” collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in the scoring frame...the AppleSox went on to take a lead in the fifth, but would lose that lead in the sixth and seventh innings...the Pippins never looked back and guaranteed themselves a series win in game two...they will go for their first sweep of the AppleSox, tonight.
Last night, with his first two doubles of the season, Danny Amaral became the first AppleSox player to hit for extra bases twice in the same game...Wenatchee had four extra-base hits in total...Keston Hiura also had a triple to lead off the fourth inning, and Evan Douglas hit his first home run of the season later in the same inning.
AppleSox pitchers struggled to attack the zone for strike one last night...the team converted on just 28-of-51 first-pitch strike opportunities...that is about a 55 percent mark...the Pippins were able to work into 11 three-ball counts.
Wenatchee’s offensive power at home continued to be on display after Wednesday night’s game...the Sox have now scored 48 runs at home in league play, as opposed to just 18 runs on the road...the Sox have 16 extra-base hits at home, compared to 7 on the road, and have struck out nearly the same at home, despite playing far fewer games on the road (67 times at home, 60 on the road).
FOR THE RECORD
The AppleSox 8-10 record to start 2015 once again ties for the worst start through franchise history, this time through 18 games (attained two other times: 2007, 2000)...last year the AppleSox were 12-6 at this point in the season, and their best start is 16-2 through 18 games in 2011.
SERIES SWEEPS WITH THE PIPPINS
The AppleSox have swept one series against Yakima Valley July 17-19, 2014...the AppleSox outscored the Pippins 22-7 in that series on the road...Yakima Valley has its first opportunity to sweep a series in the all-time record books with Wenatchee...if successful, both sweeps to either side of the series will have occurred on the road...Wenatchee has been swept once in league play this year, by Corvallis, and has done the sweeping once, against Medford...both sweep-involved series were played at Paul Thomas Sr. Field.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 828 games, the AppleSox own a 521-307 (.630) record...the AppleSox are 381-207 (.649) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 329-189 (.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 412-264 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 315-159 (.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.