WENATCHEE – A tough weekend for the Wenatchee AppleSox (0-3), ended in a disappointing 11-0 loss to the Yakima Valley Pippins (3-0), Sunday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
The Pippins looked like they were going to get to AppleSox starter Grady Miller in the first inning, after two leadoff singles and a double steal put runners at second and third with one out. Miller followed up with a strikeout and a flyout to end the inning, unscathed.
After retiring the Pippins in order in the second inning, Miller ran into some trouble in the third inning. Three runs came to score on five-consecutive Pippin hits and a sacrifice fly.
Miller retired the side in each of the fourth and fifth innings, before once again falling in hot water in the sixth against the Pippins. Six straight hits in the sixth, after the leadoff runner was picked off, led to four more runs scoring and Yakima Valley led 7-0.
Miceal Taylor pitched in relief of Miller and got the final two outs in the inning. He later allowed a run in the seventh on Chris Ceballos’ third double of the game. Ceballos finished with 3 RBI.
In the eighth, Taylor retired the Pippins in order.
The ninth inning led to three more runs scoring for the Pippins. Four-consecutive hits sparked the run scoring in the inning. Zac Bonneau hammered home the final hit of Yakima Valley’s 18, Sunday.
Wenatchee struggled offensively, only tallying four hits. Parker Price did reach base via a hit for a third-straight night, but Ryan Garcia controlled the Sox for six innings, only allowing three hits.
Connor Lau and Derek Atlee were the Pippin relievers, and they shut Wenatchee down, only allowing one hit the rest of the way.
The sweep marked the first time the AppleSox have been swept to open a franchise season. Wenatchee looks to rebound Tuesday night at Victoria. The HarbourCats were also swept over the weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 at Royal Athletic Park.