WENATCHEE APPLESOX (0-5) at Victoria HarbourCats (2-3)
Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park | 6:35 p.m.
R- Luke Mattson (0-0) vs. R- James Kannenberg (0-1)
GAME NOTES | APPLESOX STATS | LISTEN LIVE
The Wenatchee AppleSox (0-5, 0-2, North), fifth place in the division, finish their series with the Victoria HarbourCats (2-3, 2-3 North) up north in Canada...Wenatchee was held scoreless for a total of 18.2 innings, before Steven Machtolf drove in a run with an RBI HBP in the ninth inning yesterday...Wenatchee gave up double-digit runs for the third-consecutive night...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (27-36) (.429), 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 -- HARBOURCATS 11 - APPLESOX 1
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...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...Jeremy Ydens brought 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 more runs in the ninth off of Young. An RBI single for PJ Floyd and a second error by Wenatchee’s third baseman led to the 12-4 final.
APPLESOX GOING FOR WCL WIN #350
If the AppleSox win Thursday night, it will be West Coast League win number 350 for the squad.
STILL TO COME
10 players from the AppleSox announced preseason roster still have not joined the team...11 have not made appearances...starting pitcher Luke Mattson will change that tonight, making his AppleSox debut...the bulk of the remainder of Wenatchee’s roster is expected to join the team over the coming weekend.
SWING AND A MISS
AppleSox pitchers have struck out 23 HarbourCat batters on the series...Victoria has struck out the most times of any team in the WCL (60).
OUT IN THE ‘PEN
Last night Matt Young set new bullpen highs for innings pitched in relief (5.0), and strikeouts from a reliever (8).
TOO MANY MISCUES
Wenatchee committed 6 errors last night, its highest total of the season...in contrast, opponents have only committed three errors against the AppleSox all season.
For the AppleSox, the extra-base hit total still sits at 1 in 2016...a triple from Parker Price in the home-opener still sits as the team’s only knock for more than a single.
LOST BACK-TO-BACK WCL SERIES
Victoria guaranteed a series win over the AppleSox last night with a 12-4 victory...Wenatchee has lost its first two WCL series of 2016...the last time Wenatchee lost back-to-back WCL series was July 6-11, 2015 at Paul Thomas Sr. Field against Bend and on the road against Cowlitz in Longview...Wenatchee has lost its two opening WCL series only twice in team history...each of those stints occurring in the last two seasons.
Wenatchee has not led in a WCL game through the first five contests of 2016...another first in team history...the AppleSox have been tied at a score that wasn’t 0-0, once...Saturday June 5, 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth and part of the top of the tenth against Yakima Valley.
2016 MLB DRAFT
The 2016 MLB Draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET...Wenatchee’s James Kaprielianis the highest draft pick in Sox history...he was taken by the New York Yankees with the 16th pick of last year’s draft...previously, older brother of current Sox utility player Alex Gonzales, Marco Gonzales, was Wenatchee’s highest draft pick...Gonzales was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 19th pick in the 2013 draft...he still holds the record as fastest former AppleSox pitcher to the majors, after being drafted...entering 2016 Wenatchee had produced 9 MLB players...second in the WCL to the Corvallis Knights (15)...Bellingham, Bend, Kelowna, and the Spokane RiverHawks were the other franchises to have former players make it to the big show.