APPLESOX CONTINUE ROAD TRIP IN SWEETS COUNTRY
The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-12, 8-11), fourth place in the WCL East, continue their longest road trip of the season, at the Walla Walla Sweets (10-12, 10-12), after the AppleSox took game one a night ago by a score of 5-4...all of the first six games of the season series are to be played at Borleske Stadium...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (11-12) (.478), 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.
Erik Sauve stole the show for the AppleSox, with a two-hit night that inclueded his first two RBI of the season...he gave Wenatchee the go-ahead run in the top half of the fifth on a hard-hit single to center field...Mitchell Holland (2-for-5) and Nick Nyquist (3-for-4) each tallied multi-hit games as well...Nyquist earned his sixth, and Holland, his team-leading eighth...Zach Haggett earned his second win of the season, and Dustin Hamilton earned his first save over three innings...Hamilton has now held opponents scoreless in his last 5 1/3 innings of relief for Wenatchee...it was the AppleSox ninth one-run game this season (4-5), and the fifth in the last six games of the Walla Walla-Wenatchee series (1-4)...AppleSox are 144-106 all-time in one-run games.
The AppleSox finished the month of June with a team hitting total of .238 (156x655, 21 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 85 RBI, 87 BB, 170 K, 19 SB)...the pitching staff was 8-11 with 3 saves (4.26, 173 1/3 IP, 96 R, 82 ER, 97 BB, 140 K, 3HR, 27 2B, 4 3B, 782 BF)...the AppleSox leading reliever was Brian Gadsby (0.00, 1-0, 6 G, 12.2 IP (all scoreless), 5 H, 6 BB, 8 K)...leading starter was Hunter Wells (1.48, 3-0, 24.1 IP, 14 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 9BB, league-leading 27 K’s)...leading hitter was Mitchell Holland with a .368 average...Evan Douglas led the AppleSox with 5 HR, 11 RBI, and 7 extra-base hits (next closest: Hiura , Holland )...Kyle Vanderkin led the team in walks (14)...Ryan Crowe in sacrifice plays with 4 (2 flies, 2 hits).
SAUVE AND SOX RBI SITUATION
Erik Sauve collected his first two RBI of 2015 last night...the AppleSox have driven in 85 runs in total, 11 of which belong to Evan Douglas, the team’s leader...Mitchell Holland and Sheldon Liikala rank second with 9 each...Nick Nyquist and Ryan Crowe next with 8, and Keston Hiura with 7...78-of-85 RBI have come with runners on base...18 with the bases loaded (.174, 23 AB)...75 with runners in scoring position (.264, 208 AB, 2 HR)...33 with runners in scoring position and two outs (.272, 92 AB, 0 HR).
IN THE FIRST MEETING...
Each the AppleSox and the Sweets threw shutouts in the first two meetings (of three) at Borleske Stadium, earlier this year...the AppleSox have now been involved in three shutouts this season (2-1), with their only shutout loss coming at the hand of the Sweets...Walla Walla is 1-2 in shutout games this year, with their other loss coming in 1-0 fashion to the Bellingham Bells, June 18...there are only five AppleSox players from the first road series at Walla Walla that had hits and are still active...the AppleSox hit 1.86 in the first series and Walla Walla hit .169... the two teams combined to walk 31 batters, just over 10 per game...Walla Walla only had one extra-base hit, a double...setting the mark for worst combined hitting series this year for the AppleSox and any opponent.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 833 games, the AppleSox own a 524-309 (.629) record...the AppleSox are 384-209 (.647) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 333-191 (.634) 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 415-266 (.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 219-168 (.565) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-28 all-time in extra-inning games.