APPLESOX GOING FOR SWEEP ON SPAGHETTI SUNDAY
The Wenatchee AppleSox (22-23, 19-22), fourth place in the WCL East, won the weekend series last night with a 4-2 victory over the Yakima Valley Pippins (23-20, 21-20), in a game that saw the AppleSox come up with only two hits...the AppleSox stayed three games back in the Wild Card, as Corvallis won on the road at Klamath Falls last night...the last eight meetings between the AppleSox and the Pippins have been played at Paul Thomas Sr. Field...the final three regular season games of 2015 will be played at Yakima...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (22-23) (.489), 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 lone two hits were both doubles, and gave the Sox their season-high fourth-consecutive home win, and third-straight win, overall...Micael Taylor (2-4), started with four scoreless innings for Wenatchee, giving up just three hits over the stretch on 45 pitches...Jens Jensen (4-1), held Wenatchee to just one run through five innings, with the first run scoring on a groundout to second base by Kyle Vanderkin in the second inning...Mitchell Holland doubled to lead of the inning...in the fifth inning, a Jace Van DeBrake single scored the Pippins first run, despite a great attempt by the AppleSox at a double play...Yakima scored its only other run in the sixth inning after Josh Nashed hit an RBI triple to score Reid Martinez...in the home half of the sixth inning, Jensen ran into his first real trouble. After retiring the first two men in the bottom half, he walked a batter, hit another by pitch, and walked a second man to load the bases for Vanderkin...in a nine-pitch at bat, Vanderkin fouled off three two strike pitches, and saw two balls to work a 1-2 count, full at 3-2. With the runners getting a head start, Vanderkin laced a double down the right field line to plate all three runs, giving Wenatchee a 4-2 lead...the AppleSox never looked back. Taylor tossed a 1-2-3 seventh, and Brian Gadsby closed the door out of the bullpen to earn his third save of the summer...the game ended on a 6-4-3 double play, after the Pippins got the tying run to the plate in the ninth with one out.
REACHED BASE SAFELY STREAK ALIVE
Keston Hiura saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end last night, but a walk extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 28 games, three games off the WCL high for the season, set by Tyler Davis of Bend...the next closest to Hiura is West Tunnell of Bend, with 17 games...Hiura’s streak began June 24 at home against the Yakima Valley Pippins, in a 10-8 AppleSox loss.
The AppleSox are one of four teams to win at least ten games by more than three runs this season (10-3)...Bend (17-2), Kelowna (11-6), Victoria (10-6)...Yakima Valley (7-7)
LOCATION IS KEY
Wenatchee’s offense at home: .251/5HR/99RBI, 5 hitters at .274 or better...road: .238/8HR/81RBI/ 3 hitters at .274 or higher.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 855 games, the AppleSox own a 535-320 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 395-220(.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 344-202 (.631) 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 426-277 (.608) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 322-164 (.661) all-time home record, and is 223-175 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.