The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-10, 2-4 North), fifth place in the North Division face the Victoria HarbourCats (14-3, 6-3 North) for the second time this season...Victoria hasn’t lost since sweeping the AppleSox in early June...the HarbourCats won those 11 games over WCL South opponents...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (37-40) (.481), 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 9, GREYWOLVES 11
GRESHAM – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-10), fell victim to the big inning Sunday night in Oregon, and the Gresham GreyWolves (7-12), salvaged a game in the set, winning 11-9 at Oslund Field in Gresham, Ore...Wenatchee made good on multiple Gresham miscues in the second inning, scoring two runs on three errors...in the fourth the AppleSox got four more runs off of Gabe Benavides on an RBI triple for Jordan Rathbone, RBI single for Alex Gonzales, and an error in left field allowed the other two runs to score...Matt Young was dominant throughout three innings for Wenatchee, but Gresham finally reached him in the fourth for a two-run home run from Nick Snyder...it was the GreyWolves’ first home run of 2016...in the sixth, Gresham scored twice more off of Ross Clevenger, who was working in relief...Mark Cardinalli and Drew Curtis were credited RBI singles...in the seventh, things went from bad to worse for Clevenger. Two more runs came home. Both were hit off of Dylan Riddle (0-1), but charged to Clevenger. Riddle surrendered an additional four runs in the frame on a Dylan Doherty bases-loaded double, and Cardinalli RBI single...Gresham added a run of insurance in the eighth on its second home run of the night (Jack Johnson)...Wenatchee rallied for three runs in the ninth, chasing GreyWolf reliever Carter Buuck...Jake Boyd came in and allowed the runs to score on two RBI singles and a fielder’s choice. He got the final out with the tying runs on base, striking out Matt Fraizer.
Despite a 8-3 stretch since an 0-7 start, Wenatchee finds itself with its backs against the wall in the WCL North First Half Standings...the Sox have nine games left in the first half to pick up 6.5 games on the Victoria HarbourCats...with a sweep, the Sox could be 3.5 games back with six first-half games to play...anything less than two wins in the series, and Wenatchee is eliminated from first-half contention in the WCL North (7.5+ back with seven-or-less games to play).
The last time Wenatchee won back-to-back road series, as they did on their last road trip, was June 23-25, 2014 at Corvallis and July 4-6, 2014 at Kelowna...both series were also 2-1 wins.
The offense hasn’t been disappointing for the AppleSox over the last five games...a .289 team average in that span ranks second in the WCL (Bellingham, .305)...Victoria ranks 10th over the last five games with a .239 average, a slot higher than the team they just swept (Kitsap, .184).
BAD TO THE BONE
Of players with nine-or-more at bats, Jordan Rathbone owns the best WCL average over the last ten games at .536 (15x28, 7R, 7RBI)...only one batter in the WCL is having a better five-game stretch than Jordan Rathbone...Rathbone is hitting .667 (10x15) with 3 RBI in 4 games played out of the last AppleSox five...Chris Ceballos is hitting .833 (5x6) for Yakima Valley over the last five games.
COMING BACK FROM SWEEPS
Last year, Wenatchee faced one team that swept them for a second time (Yakima Valley)...Wenatchee countered the first-time sweep with a 2-1 series win on the road....Victoria has swept the last two series against Wenatchee at Royal Athletic Park and Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Jimmy Dobrash and Luke Mattson are getting a chance for redemption against the Victoria HarbourCats in their second starts against the opponent on the season...Victoria handed Dobrash his second (and last) loss of 2016, while Mattson started his current three-game losing streak at Victoria.
LAST TIME HERE
The last time Victoria visited Wenatchee, the HarbourCats walked away with a sweep, winning the games 10-5, 8-6, and 21-10...the games averaged out to 3 hours and 21 minutes a piece, with none played under the 3-hour mark...the 39 runs were the most scored by an opponent in Wenatchee last season.
It’s a pretty easy equation...Sox lead after seven innings, they win (7-0)...they trail after seven innings, they lose (0-10).
The combined records of the teams Victoria has played during its current 14-game winning streak, including Wenatchee is 39-58 (.402)...Wenatchee is the only north opponent Victoria has faced during the stretch.
12 AppleSox players are seeing the HarbourCats for the first time this year...this coming after the AppleSox hit .165 off Victoria in the earlier series and gave up 22 earned runs in 24 innings (8.25 ERA).