VICTORIA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (0-5), lost their second-consecutive series to open 2016 to the Victoria HarbourCats (2-3), in a 12-4 contest Wednesday night, at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, B.C.
AppleSox starter Jimmy Dobrash retired all six batters who faced him in the first two innings, Wednesday.
He allowed six runs in the third inning, and faced 11 HarbourCat batters. The inning started off with a walk, followed by two doubles, a single, and another double. A sacrifice fly, a walk, and two errors (one on a failed pickoff attempt, and another on a failed caught stealing attempt), led to the onslaught of runs in the frame.
Wenatchee committed six errors, in total, Wednesday night. Dobrash left the game in the fourth inning, and Matt Young pitched the remainder of the game.
The AppleSox scored two runs in their half of the fourth, on an RBI single for Jordan McGowan and a sacrifice fly for Erik Sauve.
Victoria answered with one run in the fifth inning, and three more in the sixth inning to claim a 10-2 advantage. Cody Snider, PJ Floyd, and Hayden Jaco all contributed RBI in the game to keep Victoria in front throughout.
Wenatchee scored two runs in the eight inning off of relievers Creed Smith and Skyler Henderson. They were pitching in relief of HarbourCat starter, Colin Asworth, who earned a 7-inning quality start in his first starting appearance of 2016.
Jeremy Ydens brough in a runner on an RBI groundout to shortstop, and Steven Machtolf reached on an error at third base. Both Parker Price and Haydan Hastings each scored from third base during the respective plays.
Victoria went on to add two nore runs in the ninth off of Young. An RBI single for PJ Floyd and a second error by Wenatchee’s third baseman led to a 12-4 defecit.
Wenatchee committed a season-high six errors in the game, and with the loss, is guaraunteed to lose back-to-back series for the first time since July 6-11, 2015.
The final game of the series will be played Thursday night at Royal Athletic Park. Luke Mattson will start for Wenatchee across from James Kannenberg for Victoria.