WENATCHEE APPLESOX (0-3) at Victoria HarbourCats (0-3)
Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park | 6:35 p.m.
R- Ryan Garcia (0-0) vs. L- Grady Miller (0-0)
GAME NOTES | APPLESOX STATS | LISTEN LIVE
The Wenatchee AppleSox (0-3, 0-0, North), tied for fourth place in the division, head north to take on the Victoria HarbourCats (0-3, 0-3 North) for the first of two three-game series in Canada...Sunday night, Wenatchee was shut out for the first time since its opening WCL series in 2015, and was swept in an opening series for the first time in franchise history...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (27-34) (.443), 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 -- PIPPINS 11 - APPLESOX 0
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...After retiring the Pippins in order in the second inning, Sox starter Grady 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...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 AppleSox were shut out Sunday night for the first time since June 9, 2015...a WCL season-opening series at Walla Walla.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD
The AppleSox retired the visiting side in order nine times over the first three games, however, in six-of-eight Pippin scoring innings, Wenatchee allowed more than one run (10th inning Saturday, 8th inning Sunday)...on the other hand...Wenatchee had one run-scoring inning of four runs, and two run-scoring innings of just one run.
The AppleSox only have one extra-base hit through the first three games of the 2016 season...the Pippins went for 10 extra-base hits on the other side of the card during the weekend series.
None of Wenatchee’s first three starting pitchers was able to make it past 5.1 innings, Friday-Sunday...in 15.2 innings pitched, the starters have surrendered 15 runs.
GOING FOR FIRST WIN
Wenatchee and Victoria can relate, entering Tuesday night’s series opener...both teams started the season 0-3...Victoria was swept by Walla Walla in a series in which the HarbourCats were outscored 17-8...Wenatchee was outscored 23-6.
FAMILIAR ARM FOR WENATCHEE
Tyler Burch showed well for Wenatchee in 2015 after making his Sox debut July 24 at home against Yakima Valley...Burch was 3-0 and recorded 2 quality starts over his three-game starting stretch at the end of 2015...in each of the three games he tossed at least 6 innings...he received an average run support of 11 runs per game...twice he held opponents to five or fewer hits.
LAST TIME IN B.C.
Wenatchee last visited British Columbia July 28-30, 2015 against the Kelowna Falcons...Wenatchee lost the series 1-2 to the eventual East Division-Champion Falcons...the two teams combined to score 60 runs in the series...an average of 20 per game...Tyler Burch tossed the lone win in that series...a 17-7 contest that went to the AppleSox.
LAST TIME VS ‘CATS
Victoria visited Wenatchee to July 31-Aug. 2 in the second-to-last home series of the season for the AppleSox...the HarbourCats swept away the Sox, scoring 39 runs (60 in the series for both teams)...the final game of the series was a 21-10 loss, in which the HarbourCats bashed 21 hits off Wenatchee...it marked the highest-scoring game of any AppleSox opponent a season ago, and all-time.
LAST TIME IN VICTORIA
Wenatchee visited Victoria June 26-28, 2015...the Sox won the series 2-1, with 11-8 and 1-0 wins...in the series finale, Victoria won 11-10 in 11 innings, after the AppleSox scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game...Wenatchee hit four home runs in the series, with three coming from Evan Douglas...he is unavailable to travel this series as he is completing classes at the Community Colleges of Spokane...Wenatchee was 3-3 in total last season in games played in Canada.