YAKIMA, Wash. - The Wenatchee AppleSox (26-30, 23-29) fell 9-2 to the Yakima Valley Pippins (31-24, 28-24) at County Stadium to open the final series of the 2015 season, Friday night.
Yakima Valley scored seven runs over the first two innings off of Gage Burland (2-4), who ended up making his shortest start of the season at two innings.
The AppleSox were no-hit by Yakima Valley starter Mitch Yada (4-3), who was facing his former AppleSox team (2013) for the third time this season. Yada gave up a run in the third after two errors allowed Kyle Vanderkin to third and he was driven in on a groundout.
Keston Hiura got the AppleSox first hit in the fourth inning. With the hit, Hiura has reached base in 39-consecutive games, a high in the WCL.
Kyle Blankenship pitched a strong six innings of relief, giving up just two runs to the Pippins. The outing will be the last for Blankenship in 2015, a good way to end his campaign.
The AppleSox added a run in the ninth inning with doubles for Mitchell Holland and Jordan Rathbone (RBI). Rathbone was the only AppleSox player with multiple hits Friday.
The complete game win for Yada, marked the first complete game thrown by a Pippins pitcher in 2015, and was the first of his collegiate summer league career.
The AppleSox and Pippins continue the series tonight in game two at 7:05 p.m.
WP- Mitch Yada (4-3)
LP- Gage Burland (2-4)