APPLESOX TAKE TO ROAD FOR SIX-GAME TRIP
The Wenatchee AppleSox (9-11, 6-10), fourth place in the WCL East, continue their longest road trip of the season, with the Victoria HarbourCats (9-13, 7-12), after last night’s roller coaster slug fest...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (9-11) (.450), 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 hit three home runs last night, on the way to an 11-8 win at Sports Trader’s Diamond...it marked the first time this season that the AppleSox hit multiple home runs in a single game, and the team has now hit seven home runs in total, this season...Evan Douglas went back-to-back with Mitchell Holland in the top of the fiffth inning, and became just the third AppleSox hitter all-time in league play to go deep twice in a contest...Mitchell Holland had a 3-for-5 night and hit his second home run of the season...Micael Taylor worked 6 1/3 innings in relief of Kyle Blankenship, who lasted 2 2/3 innings...Blankenship gave up all eight HarbourCat runs, and Taylor only allowed three hits and retired fourteen batters in a row at one point, while throwing one-two-three innings in the fifth through eighth innings.
2-OUT RBI MACHINE
.469 or 45-of-96 AppleSox RBI this season (including non-league games) have been driven in with two outs...Scott Hilpert is the team’s leader with 7 two-out RBI...12 different active roster players have had at least one two-out RBI at some point this season...5 two-out RBI belong to temporary players who are no longer on the active roster.
The AppleSox 72 RBI on the season have been hit by 15 different players (12 active), and only two active players have yet to record an RBI (Erik Sauve and Jake Hirabayashi)...the AppleSox team leaders in RBI is Evan Douglas with 10...Mitchell Holland has nine, and Sheldon Liikala has eight, while Nick Nyquist checks in with seven.
FOR THE GREATER GOOD
The AppleSox have seven sacrifice hits, and six sacrifice flies...a total of 13 sacrifice plays in league play in 2015...Helmstadter has 3 sacrifice plays (2 hits/1 fly), Ryan Crowe is also tied for the team lead with three (2 hits/ 1 fly).
FREE RIDE ZONE
Wenatchee is tied for fourth in the league for most walks, with 80, and are tied with the Walla Walla Sweets...only Bend (82), Corvallis (86), and Yakima Valley (96), have more walks.
KEEPING IT IN THE YARD
The two home runs given up by AppleSox pitching, sets the lowest mark for total home runs given up by a staff in the WCL (Bend, Meford, Kelowna, all next closest at 4)...Corvallis has given up a whopping 14 home runs, and Victoria, the next most at 13 surrendered, after the three given up last night.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 830 games, the AppleSox own a 522-308 (.630) record...the AppleSox are 382-208 (.649) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 330-190 (.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 413-265 (.609) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 315-160 (.667) all-time home record, and is 217-167 (.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.