WENATCHEE APPLESOX at Bend Elks
Vince Genna Stadium | 6:35 p.m.
R- Ross Clevenger (0-0) vs. R- Ryan Ward
GAME NOTES | APPLESOX STATS | LISTEN LIVE
The Wenatchee AppleSox (4-8, 2-4 North), fifth place in the division, open a six-game road trip in Oregon against the Bend Elks...Wenatchee is coming off of back-to-back 2-1 series wins over Walla Walla and Corvallis, after starting the season 0-7...Tuesday’s game opens a string of 18-straight for Wenatchee, with nine to be played in Oregon...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (33-38) (.465), 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 7, SEALS 3
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox defeated the San Francisco Seals in non-league play, 7-3 behind a six-run sixth inning, Sunday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...Shane Martinez went 3-for-5 in his AppleSox debut, batting in the leadoff spot for Wenatchee...he drove in two runs on a single in the sixth inning, which yielded six runs for the AppleSox...Wenatchee brought 11 batters to the plate in the inning, which included three hits, a sacrifice fly, four walks, and a batter hit by pitch...other RBIs in the inning were credited to Ryan Murkle, Otis Statum, Haydan Hastings, and Jeremy Ydens...the runs undid a respectable five-inning start for Blaze Hastings, who left the game with a 3-1 lead, but the bases loaded...Trey Jeans allowed two runs of his own without recording an out in the inning...Miguel Villafane came on to earn the final outs of the frame...the AppleSox got a quality start on the other side from Grady Miller...he threw six innings of three-run baseball, giving up scores in the second on an RBI single for Paul Kunst, and a 2-RBI double in the sixth for Marcus Williams...Wenatchee scored its first run in the second to tie the game at one, on a double steal that resulted in Ryan Kreidler crossing the plate on an attempted caught stealing of Jordan Rathbone at second base...Nick Hoefling threw threw the final three innings for a save, allowing three hits with three strikeouts.
LONG STRETCH OF BASEBALL
The AppleSox open a string of 18-straight games, Tuesday...the stretch ends July 7 in a double-header at Corvallis...12 of the next 18 games are to be played on the road, with nine of the contests being played in Oregon...the Sox play the final game of their WCL First-Half schedule, July 5, at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
With Jeremy Ydens’ home run to left field a night ago, Wenatchee has received its first three home runs of 2016 from true-freshman hitters...Michael Toglia and Haydan Hastings each went deep in Wednesday’s extra-inning win.
A lone black mark on a good report card over the last week for the Sox has been defensively...Wenatchee has committed at least one error in 10 of its first 12 games.
CLEVENGER TO MAKE FIRST 2016 START
After starting in 12-of-13 games for Northwest Nazarene in 2016, Clevenger will make his first start for Wenatchee, Tuesday...Clevenger has faced 10-or-more batters in each of his three appearances out of the bullpen for Wenatchee this season...in his last start, he earned his first save while throwing new personal season-highs in innings (4), strikeouts (5), and runs allowed (0, 2x).
LEFT-HANDERS GIVING OPPONENTS FITS
Wenatchee’s left-handed pitching has been a point of strength in 2016...opposing batters are batting just .218 off of lefties, as opposed to a .309 average against right-handed pitching...of right-handed pitchers, Clevenger has the third-lowest opposing batting average at .188 (Lardner/.143 and Burch/.176)...the team’s leader in opposing batting average is Eli Thornquist (.059).
RATHBONE COMING ON
Jordan Rathbone has tallied a team-leading 6 hits over the last five games...has also driven in a team-leading 4 RBI over the same stretch...he has the second-highest batting average in the last five games of any player with more than two games played.
The AppleSox pitchers have tossed a 2.44 ERA over the last five games...a 4-1 stretch that includes all of the team’s 2016 wins, and two series-clinching victories.
Wenatchee is out-hitting its opponents .294 to .288 with runners in scoring position and two outs...of 35 RBI on the season, 20 have come with two men out and runners in scoring position for Wenatchee.