The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-22, 1-5, 4-8 North), tied for fourth place in the North Division are at home continuing a six-game homestand against the Bend Elks (14-19, 3-3, 7-8 South)...the AppleSox beat the Elks 2-1 in a series early this year...the AppleSox got their first second-half win last night...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (40-52) (.435), 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 5, GRESHAM 4
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (11-22, 1-5 Second Half), almost lost a late-inning lead for a third straight game against the Gresham GreyWolves (16-17, 5-1), but stuck together late for a 5-4 win at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, Monday...Gresham got off to a lead in its first try for a sweep against the AppleSox all-time, but Wenatchee answered in the third inning with two runs of its own on a Matt Reitano RBI double, and a wild pitch to even the score at 2-2...in the fourth, Sheldon Liikala put the AppleSox ahead with an RBI single, in just his third game back with the team since early June...two more runs added necessary insurance in the bottom of the fifth, when Ryan Kreidler sacrificed home a run a fly ball to center field, and Evan Douglas walked home a run with the bases loaded...the five runs backed up a five-inning start for All-Star pitcher Matt Young (2-0)...Ross Clevenger relieved Young for 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two doubles...he walked four batters, and left the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth inning...Miceal Taylor entered the game to preserve an AppleSox would-be win, and earned his first save of the season...he struck out a man with the bases loaded on three pitches, and then faced the man who tied Sunday night’s game in the ninth, setting up a Gresham extra-inning win...this time, Josh Adams wouldn’t get a chance to tie the score for Gresham. On a 2-1 wild pitch that got past the catcher Alex Gonzales, Dylan Doherty tried to score from third, but was caught back at the plate on a flip to his pitcher Taylor.
Did you know that the Wenatchee AppleSox and the Bend Elks met for the 2010 WCL Championship?...the AppleSox won the series two games to one.
A WIN IS A WIN...
Last night, the AppleSox won on a walkoff wild pitch that resulted in a runner being tossed out at home plate...with the victory, Wenatchee is 2-7 in one-run games...and now 3-12 in games decided by two runs or fewer.
The AppleSox won last night for just the third time while being out-hit by an opponent...Gresham tallied seven hits to Wenatchee’s six...the AppleSox are now 3-19 in games in which they are out-hit by their opponent.
MAKING HIS FIRST START
Taylor Borchers made his first appearance at second base this week...now he will make his first start for the Wenatchee AppleSox tonight...Borchers has been a reliever in four games, throwing a nice 7:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio over nine innings.
Last night marked Wenatchee’s first Monday win of the season...it was the final day of the week on the calendar that the AppleSox hadn’t grabbed a win...more good news is, Tuesday is the AppleSox best day of the week, and the only day the Sox have an above-.500 record.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Everybody who has pitched out of Wenatchee’s bullpen has earned a save this season, with the exception of long-reliever Eli Thornquist...the AppleSox are 9-10 in save opportunities and Nick Hoefling is the team’s save leader with two saves.
FIRST WIN AGAINST DIVISION LEADER
Last night, Wenatchee played a North/South Division leader for a 12th time this season...picking up the team’s first win against a division leader...0-3 vs. the North...1-8 vs. the South.
PITCHING BETTER IN JULY
The AppleSox are improving steadily across the board in pitching approach for the month of July...the team has a 3.59 ERA in July as opposed to 4.60 in the month of June.