The Wenatchee AppleSox (0-7, 0-3, North), fifth place in the division, continue a nine-game homestand against the Corvallis Knights (4-3, 3-3 South)...the AppleSox have yet to win a game in 2016 after playing both a home and road series on the season...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (27-37) (.422), who is in his 4th season with the Sox...Proszek is assisted by Kyle Hunt and Colton Loomis, both in their first seasons.
LAST NIGHT -- KNIGHTS 7 - APPLESOX 5
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (0-7), scored five runs late in Friday’s game against the Corvallis Knights (4-3), but fell 7-5 with the tying run on base at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...Kyle Blankenship (0-2), got the start for Wenatchee and the AppleSox were in trouble after trailing in the top half of the seventh inning, 7-0...Andy Atwood hit a solo home run in the seventh to extend the lead already created in large part by Adam Taylor and Taylor Travess...Taylor was 4-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI...Travess went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored...Wenatchee had trouble getting to Knight starter Trenton Dupre (1-0), who threw six shutout innings, only allowing five hits...three of those hits went to Matt Frazier in his AppleSox debut, and Wenatchee scored its first runs on a 2-RBI single for Sheldon Liikala with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to score Steven Machtolf and Haydan Hastings, who also had a three-hit night...the runs came off of Cody Hoff, Corvallis’ first reliever. Brandon Cutsworth pitched a scoreless eighth inning before things got dicey in the ninth...with one out, Hastings doubled, and Matt Reitano followed with his first AppleSox hit, in his team debut. Hastings scored on an error in left field. Two batters later, Parker Price recorded his second triple of the season, for 2 RBI, cutting the Knight lead to 7-5. Evan Douglas followed with a walk to put the tying run on base...Cameron Richman was called out of the bullpen to get the save for Corvallis and caught Frazier looking on a 1-2 fastball to end the game.
GOOD DEBUTS LAST NIGHT
Matt Frazier, Matt Reitano, and Eli Thornquist each made their AppleSox debuts Friday night...Frazier went 3-for-5, Reitano was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and Thornquist threw two innings of hitless baseball with four strikeouts and one walk.
APPLESOX GOING FOR WCL WIN #350
If the AppleSox win Thursday night, it will be West Coast League win number 350 for the squad.
Wenatchee tallied 12 hits last night in the club’s first double-digit hit effort of the season...Wenatchee also out-hit an opponent for the first time this year, tallying 12 to Corvallis’ 11.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Through seven games, Parker Price has hit two triples for Wenatchee...last night his triple to the right field fence went for 2 RBI...there have been nine triples hit in the WCL this season.
TRYING TO AVOID HISTORY
Wenatchee is one loss away from an 8-game losing streak dating back to the last game of 2015...the Sox have attained this mark once in 2008...Wenatchee also has lost five-straight home games dating to last year...this ties a team record set in 2000, 2003, and 2014.
BLATNER SET FOR 2016 DEBUT
Justin Blatner will make his first start for the Wenatchee AppleSox, Saturday night...the Gonzaga product will become the sixth starting pitcher to throw this year for Wenatchee, including the second left-hander.
Wenatchee and Corvallis meet on Friday night, as the two winningest franchises in WCL history...their head-to-head records date back to the teams’ PIL days, and this duo has met for times in the WCL Championship series...the programs are tied with 9 playoff appearances each, while Corvallis has won 8 division titles, and Wenatchee, 6...the AppleSox own five championships, while Corvallis has won three...Corvallis has been runner-up four times, and Wenatchee twice...at least one of the two teams held a spot in the WCL Championship series from 2005 to 2014...the streak ending last year when Bend faced Kelowna for the title...Wenatchee and Corvallis also had turned out the most MLB talent, with the Knights claiming 15 major leaguers and the AppleSox with nine, heading into the 2016 spring.
2014 Wenatchee AppleSox arm, Brandon Bailey, was selected by the Oakland Athletics today in the 6th Round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
WENATCHEE FACING CARNS
Last year Chris Carns threw for the AppleSox and his season was cut short when he was hit with a foul ball line drive in the Wenatchee dugout during at start at Cowlitz...Carns was 1-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 5 starts for Wenatchee.