WENATCHEE APPLESOX (3-7) vs Walla Walla Sweets (5-5)
Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium | 7:05 p.m.
R- Jimmy Dobrash (0-2) vs. R- Bobby Ay (0-0)
GAME NOTES | APPLESOX STATS | LISTEN LIVE
The Wenatchee AppleSox (3-7, 1-3 North), fifth place in the division, continue a nine-game homestand, hosting North division foe, the Walla Walla Sweets (5-5, 3-4 North)...Wenatchee won its first series of the season, Sunday with a 3-0 shutout of the Corvallis Knights, and has a chance to win another series Wednesday night...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (30-37) (.448), who is in his 4th season with the Sox...Proszek is assisted by Kyle Hunt and Colton Loomis, both in their first seasons.
SUNDAY NIGHT -- APPLESOX 5, SWEETS 1
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (3-7), won a third-straight game behind stellar pitching and a breakout performance for Jordan Rathbone in a 5- 1 win over the Walla Walla Sweets (5-5), Tuesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...Wenatchee opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning after loading the bases on Walla Walla starter Connor Cannon (0-1), with one out...Otis Statum walked on four pitches for Wenatchee to force home the game’s first run...in the third, Walla Walla answered with an RBI triple from Ryan Johnston, but the tie was short-lived, as Wenatchee broke the 1-1 score in the bottom half of the frame when Matt Fraizer scored from third on a balk...Wenatchee added to its lead in the sixth inning, facing Zach Weisz. He was one of three Walla Walla outfielders called on to pitch in relief, Tuesday...Rathbone brought home Michael Toglia with an RBI single to make it 3-1, AppleSox...Toglia was aboard on a double off the center field wall in his debut...in the eighth, Wenatchee got two more runs off of Ryan Johnston...with one out, Ryan Murkle singled, setting up a run scoring play on a Jordan Rathbone RBI triple...it was Rathbone’s first extra-base hit of 2016, and it placed the AppleSox ahead 4-1...Haydan Hastings followed it up with a double down the left field line to give Wenatchee it’s 5-1 final score...all of the added runs came in support of reliever Ross Clevenger, who earned his first save of the season, offering four innings of no-hit baseball...he and Young each struck out five Sweet hitters in the winning effort.
The pitching staff for the Wenatchee AppleSox only has allowed 3 earned runs during the team’s current three-game winning streak...a 1.00 ERA.
Last night, Jordan Rathbone looked like the 2015 Jordan, netting his first multi-hit game of 2016...he tallied five multi-hit games in 12 games at the plate in 2015...including 2-for-4 nights in each of the last three games of the year, played at Yakima Valley...Rathbone’s triple last night was the first of his collegiate career.
In each of Jimmy Dobrash’s first two starts, the AppleSox fell victim to run-scoring third innings...in the season opener against Yakima Valley it was a 3-run third, and at Victoria June 8, it was a 6-run inning.
Wenatchee has only scored first in three games this season...the Sox are now 2-1 when scoring the game’s first run.
LAST 5 SUCCESS
Over the last five games, the AppleSox have featured a better offensive attack, coupled with strong pitching...the Sox are hitting .261 with 41 hits over the last five games, after only securing 25 hits in the first five games...the Sox also have 18 RBI compared to 8 in their first five games...over that same stretch, the pitching staff has tossed a 2.86 ERA.
The last time the AppleSox held an opponent to four hits, as they did against the Sweets last night, was July 5, 2015, in a home victory over the Klamath Falls Gems.
Wenatchee had a total of 18 current/former players drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft...eight of the players drafted are currently affiliated with the AppleSox, including four who were in the order a night ago.
Brandon Bailey - Round 6, Oakland Athletics
John Pomeroy - Round 13, Pittsburgh Pirates
Trenton Brooks - Round 17, Cleveland Indians
Taylor Jones - Round 19, Houston
Eric Filia - Round 20, Seattle Mariners
Hunter Wells - Round 23, Miami
Mike McCann - Round 24, Kansas City
*Casey Legumina - Round 25, Toronto
Gage Burland - Round 26, NYY
John Brontsema - Round 26, Kansas City
CJ Gettman - Round 34, San Francisco
*^Michael Toglia - Round 35, Colorado
*^Ryan Kreidler - Round 35, Chicago (Cubs)
*Matt Fraizer - Round 38, Oakland
*^Shane Martinez - Round 39, Oakland
*^Otis Statum - Round 39, Cincinatti
*Jeremy Ydens - Round 40, St. Louis
*Evan Douglas - Round 40, Miami
*Denotes current player
^Denotes player who hasn’t yet arrived w/ AppleSox