APPLESOX CONTINUE WCL EAST GAMES AT KELOWNA
The Wenatchee AppleSox (22-24, 19-23), fourth place in the WCL East, won their weekend series over the Yakima Valley Pippins last weekend and now face the Kelowna Falcons (28-14, 27-14)...the Falcons enter Tuesday’s contest off a two-day set with Bend...the Falcons were rained out on Sunday, and their game against Bend will only be made up if it impacts any divisional or wild card races...Kelowna won both games against the league-leading Elks...the AppleSox are playing their 16th franchise season (11th in the WCL) and are led by first-year skipper, AJ Proszek (22-24) (.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.
LAST TIME OUT
Both pitchers were dialed in Sunday, with the game scoreless through the top half of the fourth...Zach Wolf tossed three no-hit innings to start the night for Yakima Valley, and Gage Burland (2-2) scattered three hits through the first four innings...Wenatchee got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back doubles from Jake Hirabayashi and Keston Hiura, which put the AppleSox ahead 1-0...Hiura extended his consecutive games reaching base streak to 29 games, two of the WCL high for the season...Burland continued to hold the Pippins off the board through the sixth, and entered the seventh on 85 pitches...Yakima Valley scored two runs off of him with two singles to open the frame, and a sacrifice placed the runners in position for a 2-RBI single and a 2-1 lead...Yakima Valley added one more in the eighth on an error at third, unearned off of Sean Sparling.
KEEPS GETTING ABOARD
Keston Hiura extended his consecutive reached base safely streak to 29 games, two 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.
Through the first fifteen franchise seasons and 856 games, the AppleSox own a 535-321 (.626) record...the AppleSox are 395-221 (.653) since the inception of the WCL in 2005...Wenatchee is 344-203 (.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 426-278 (.608) against league opponents (including playoffs) and 107-40 (.728) vs. non-league teams...Wenatchee owns a 322-165 (.661) all-time home record, and is 223-175 (.562) on the road...Wenatchee is 34-29 all-time in extra-inning games.