The Wenatchee AppleSox (12-26, 2-9, 4-8 North), fifth place in the North Division are visiting the Yakima Valley Pippins (23-15, 8-3, 12-9) to complete the final portion of the pre-All Star schedule...the AppleSox lost their sixth-consecutive game to Yakima Valley last night...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (40-57) (.412), 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 1, YAKIMA VALLEY 2
YAKIMA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (12-26, 2-9 Second Half), struggled to get their bats going against the Yakima Valley Pippins (23-15, 8-3), in a 2-1 loss at County Stadium, Saturday...Ross Clevenger (1-3) opened the night, throwing five innings of two-run baseball...the Pippins did reach him for a run in the opening inning on a Jace Van De Brake RBI single...the AppleSox struggled to figure out Tanner Simpson (1-1), who faced the minimum number of batters through five innings...he had given up two hits, but erased both runners on a pick off and a runner caught stealing...Clevenger allowed a second run in the fifth inning, when the Pippins strung together three hits, including an RBI single for Christian Koss...it would end up being the game-winning RBI for Yakima Valley...after Simpson generated six innings of shutout baseball on just two AppleSox hits, the bullpen for the Pippins took over in an up-and-down stint...in the seventh, Matthew Fish retired the Sox in order, but in the eighth, he walked two men with one out, giving way to Ryan Garcia who got a second out, but an error at shortstop allowed Evan Douglas to score from second to cut the deficit to 2-1...the Pippins’ right-hander got out of the eighth with just the one run scoring, and Connor Zwetsch shut down the Sox in the ninth after allowing a tying run into scoring position...Zwetsch struck out the game’s final two batters to pick up his third save...All-Star arm Matt Young did toss a scoreless 1-2-3 inning on nine pitches...Nick Hoefling also threw a scoreless two innings, striking out three batters, while walking two.
Wenatchee snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak to the Pippins with Evan Douglas scoring on an E6 in the eighth inning last night...however, Wenatchee hasn’t gotten an earned run off of Yakima Valley since June 4, 2016 (game two of season-opening series) on a ninth-inning RBI walk for Sheldon Liikala...a stretch of 28.1 innings.
Last night’s two hits was the lowest offensive production for the AppleSox this season, since getting two hits at Bend, June 23...Wenatchee was also held to a 3-hit night against the Elks in a second series in Wenatchee four nights ago.
Once again, the AppleSox pitching staff was in a groove Saturday night, following up the scoreless 8 2/3 innings to begin the series two nights ago...in each of Ross Clevenger’s tough three losses this season, he has only allowed an average of 2.3 runs-per-start.
RIDDLE’S FIRST START
Dylan Riddle, who was exclusively a relief pitcher for the UC Irvine Anteaters in 2016, will get his first start of the summer, tonight...the left-handers longest outing of the season was 3 1/3 innings at home against Gresham two appearances back.
NOT ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THE PIPPINS
The Yakima Valley Pippins have a 0.59 ERA against the AppleSox in five games in 2016...Wenatchee has only scored seven runs this season against the Pippins, and only three of those runs have been earned....the worst margin against any opponent the AppleSox have played this season...the offense is only hitting .164 off of the Pippins and has tallied just one extra-base hit, and no extra base hits in the current series...again, the worst for the AppleSox against any 2016 opponents.
After last night’s final, the AppleSox are now 2-8 in one run games this season, and 3-15 in games decided by two runs or fewer.
It took the AppleSox until the eighth inning last night to get a runner into scoring position against the Yakima Valley Pippins...it came when Evan Douglas was forced to second base on a Taylor Borchers walk.