The Wenatchee AppleSox (13-28, 3-11, 4-8 North), fifth place in the North Division are hosting the Kitsap BlueJackets (12-29, 4-10, 8-13) for a three-game series after the All Star break...Wenatchee lost its first series against the BlueJackets since 2010 last night, behind the 6-2 final...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (41-59) (.410), 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 2, KITSAP 6
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (13-28, 3-11 Second Half), held close to the Kitsap BlueJackets (12-29, 4-10), for much of Thursday night’s contest at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, but fell 6-2, after the BlueJackets took advantage of late-game opportunities...Kitsap jumped out to an early lead in game two, with Marten Pauwels doubling in the second inning off of Justin Blatner (3-2), and later coming home to score on an Omar Maldanado RBI single...the AppleSox responded in the bottom half of the frame, when Michael Toglia led off with a double to tie for the team lead with six on the season...he later came to score on a Haydan Hastings RBI groundout to second base...Adam Paulson, making his AppleSox debut alongside Wenatchee native Dalton Harum, entered the contest in relief in the sixth inning, backing Blatner’s three-run effort...he held things scoreless for two frames and Wenatchee got closer in the seventh, after Nick Caudillo (1-1), left the game for Kitsap...a Sheldon Liikala RBI single brought home Shane Martinez, who doubled earlier for a 4-2 score, but with runners at the corners and one out, Wenatchee was unable to cash-in further...Joey Angyus, the second reliever of the inning, got the final two outs to hold the score at 4-2...Kitsap added two more runs off of Dylan Riddle in the eighth inning, in Riddle’s final slated appearance of the summer...the UC Irvine left-hander reached his summer pitching limit...Joe Siegel held on in the ninth for Kitsap, despite allowing two runners on with two outs, and Kitsap secured its first series win over the AppleSox dating back to 2010.
The Kitsap BlueJackets played back-to-back games to zero errors, after last night’s contest. Kitsap is the first team to play back-to-back error free games against the AppleSox in succession this season.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE
Some telling numbers from the AppleSox season are trending in the opponents’ favor...Wenatchee is 2-15 when scoring three runs or fewer, as they did in the first two games of the series...the AppleSox are also 0-22 after trailing in games after the seventh inning...also, last night, Kitsap totaled 10 hits, meaning when opponents collect 10 or more hits, the AppleSox are 1-18.
HIS FIRST APPEARANCE
Adam Paulson threw an impressive two innings out of the bullpen last night for the Wenatchee AppleSox...Paulson allowed just one hit and no runs in the stint.
Last night, AJ Proszek leads the AppleSox out onto the diamond in his 100th career game as the AppleSox head coach...he currently holds a 41-59 head-coaching record with the AppleSox.
PRE ALL-STAR STUFF
Sunday, the AppleSox completed their pre-All Star portion of the schedule with a 13-26 record, following a game-three win over the Yakima Valley Pippins...Wenatchee is 3-9 in WCL North second-half play.
Michael Toglia, Evan Douglas, and Matt Young played in the West Coast League All Star Game at Longview, last night...Toglia finished with one home run in the opening round of the WCL Home Run Derby...the South ended up shutting out the North 4-0...
AGAINST THE SOUTH
After tonight, the AppleSox will play all of their games against WCL North Opponents, with Kitsap marking the final North-South series...Wenatchee is 9-20 vs. the South.
After last night’s game, upcoming opponent, Bellingham, is the only WCL team the AppleSox haven’t played in 2016.