WENATCHEE APPLESOX at Gresham GreyWolves
Oslund Field | 5:05 p.m.
L- Matt Young (1-0) vs. L- Gabe Benavides (1-2)
GAME NOTES | APPLESOX STATS | LISTEN LIVE
The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-9, 2-4 North), fifth place in the North Division face the Gresham GreyWolves (6-12, 4-6 South) for a chance at a first series sweep in 2016...Wenatchee won a fourth-consecutive series last night, and has now won 8 of its last 10 games...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (37-39) (.487), 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 -- APPLESOX 8, GREYWOLVES 3
GRESHAM – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-9), used a five-run sixth inning to beat the Gresham GreyWolves (6-12), 8-3, Saturday night at Oslund Field in Gresham, Ore...Parker Price delivered a go-ahead 3-RBI triple in the inning, which started with Evan Douglas getting aboard on a single...Ryan Kreidler also singled in the inning, and Jordan Rathbone walked...with the bases loaded and one out, Otis Statum struck out looking...Haydan Hastings came to the plate and delivered an RBI infield single off the GreyWolves pitcher, David Wallum (1-1)...the ball hit Wallum on the left side and got away on the infield for the base hit...Price unloaded the bases in the next at bat with the go-ahead triple...Wenatchee added another run in the inning on a Shane Martinez RBI triple for a 5-1 lead...Gresham started the scoring back in the second inning...an RBI single for Ben Klenke put Grady Miller (2-1) behind early, but the southpaw battled back to throw five innings of one-run baseball to keep his team in the game until the big sixth inning...Gresham got two more runs off of Miller in the sixth, but only one of the runs came earned, due to an error in left field on a dropped baseball...Wenatchee committed two errors on the night...Price added his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and Jordan Rathbone provided the Sox their eighth run in the ninth inning with a bases-loaded RBI single...Rathbone went 2-for-2 with an RBI and was hit by two pitches and walked once...Nick Hoefling threw and strong three innings of relief, facing ten batters and retiring nine for his second save of the season.
BREAKING OUT BROOMS
It has been awhile since the AppleSox last swept an opponent on the road...a feat not accomplished a season ago, the last Sox road sweet was Aug. 5-7, 2014 at Kelowna...the last Sox sweep in general was July 3-5 at home against Klamath Falls.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Wenatchee is 7-0 in games it leads after the seventh inning this season...the AppleSox are also a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities.
Last night was just the AppleSox’ third comeback win of 2016...Wenatchee is 3-8 when scoring second or being shut out in ball games this year.
The AppleSox are trying to get to an even .500 record on the season, tonight...excluding the AppleSox’ 0-0 record to start the season, the last time Wenatchee was at an even .500 record was June 10, 2015 after a win at Walla Walla.
A nice night for Parker Price last night culminated in 4 runs batted in...he and Otis Statum have combined to drive in 8 of the AppleSox 17 runs in the series...the AppleSox saw five 4-RBI performances in total, a season ago.
SWEEPING IN FIRST MEETING
Did you know Wenatchee has swept five-of-13 WCL opponents in their first series against the opposing team...two of those sweeps occurred on the road (at Spokane and Klamath Falls)...in fact, Wenatchee has only lost one all-time series-opening series in WCL play in 13 tries...at Medford (1-2).
BRUSHING IT OFF
The AppleSox have been outscored 17-5 in their previous two tries for sweeps in 2016 against Walla Walla and Bend...Luke Mattson was the starting pitcher in both of those games.
BEATING THE SOUTH
After last night’s win, Wenatchee is 6-5 against the WCL South Division.
PUTTING IT ON THE LINE
Matt Fraizer leads the AppleSox in sacrifices in 2016 with four sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice fly...next closest is Parker Price (2), with a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly in the win last night.
Wenatchee’s 8-9 record would be good for a third-place spot in the WCL South Division.
A win Sunday night, would give the AppleSox their first three-game road winning streak this season...it would match the Sox’ longest road winning streak from a year ago.
Last year, Wenatchee played one six-game road trip...the Sox went 3-3 on the trip...the last time the AppleSox won four games on a road trip before last night was July 14-19, 2014 at Walla Walla and Yakima Valley...the last time the Sox won five on a road trip was July 22-Aug. 1, 2011 at Kitsap and Bellingham (5-1).