The Wenatchee AppleSox (16-29, 6-12, 6-9 North), fifth place in the North Division continute their six-game road trip at the Kelowna Falcons (21-21, 8-7, 7-8) after wining a series against Bellingham, 2-1...the series win was the first of the WCL Second Half for the AppleSox, and Wenatchee now faces a team it beat two out of three times earlier this year...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (44-60) (.423), who is in his 4th season with the Sox...Proszek is assisted by Kyle Hunt and Colton Loomis, both in their first seasons.
YESTERDAY - APPLESOX 2, BELLINGHAM 8
BELLINGHAM – The Wenatchee AppleSox (16-29, 6-12 Second Half), won a series two games to one, but fell Monday 8-2 to the Bellingham Bells (23-19, 8-7), at Joe Martin Field...the AppleSox pitching staff struggled mightily to find the strike zone. Wenatchee walked a season-high 12 batters in the loss...Chase Strumpf hit a two-run home run in the first inning to push Bellingham to an early lead. In the third inning,..Landon Riker brought home a run on a bases-loaded walk to expand the Bellingham lead in the third...again, Bellingham tacked on runs in the fourth inning, scoring on a double steal with runners at first and third, and a two-RBI single for Jake Vieth...the Bells got their starter Jon Olsen (4-2) an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly and a run scoring on an error...Luke Mattson (1-7), was taken out of the game after 3 1/3 innings...he allowed four hits and five runs, on six walks and no strikeouts...the AppleSox bullpen also struggled, walking an additional six batters...Nick Hoefling did extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9 1/3 innings with three scoreless frames, Monday, and Wenatchee tried to score late with a Matt Fraizer sacrifice fly plating a runner in the sixth...Evan Douglas provided the most exciting play of the night for the AppleSox in the eighth inning with an inside-the-park home run...he hit a hard liner to center field, that went under the fielder’s diving glove and came to rest at the base of the fence...he did the rest with his legs, to hit his second home run of the season.
Last night, with three scoreless innings in relief, Nick Hoefling moved his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9 1/3 innings...he is the team’s active leader in consecutive scoreless innings thrown.
DOUGLAS NEARING RECORD MARK
After hitting an inside-the-park home run last night in Bellingham, Evan Douglas has hit nine home runs in his AppleSox career...Douglas is chasing the team’s franchise mark for most home runs hit in an AppleSox career...at 11.
GETTING IT BACK
Justin Blatner is trying to get back to where he was through his first three starts (two league and one non-league)...a 3-0 record with an average start of 6 1/3 innings...since June 24, Blatner is 1-2, still averaging 6.0 innings-per-start, but has allowed 13 earned runs, as opposed to just the lone earned run that he gave up in his first start.
TOGLIA’S LAST SERIES
Wenatchee’s leading hitter, Michael Toglia, is coming off of a great road series in Bellingham...he has an active team-best five-game hitting streak, and went 7-for-13 with 3 RBI, two doubles, and one triple...Toglia’s triple gave him the WCL lead with five...he has a league-leading 18 extra-base hits, and is also tied for the league lead in home runs with five.
LAST TIME VS. KELOWNA
Wenatchee took two-of-three games from Kelowna to complete their first-half schedule...it was one of three series wins at home for the AppleSox this season.
WHEN IN KELOWNA
Last season, Wenatchee went 3-3 on the road against Kelowna at Elks Stadium...the teams combined to score an average of 15.3 runs per game in the six contests, with no shortage of offense...the AppleSox won the overall series vs. Kelowna last season 5-4, their only season series win vs. a division opponent.
As of today, each of Wenatchee’s final nine WCL North games comes against the division leader...possible because there is a four-way tie for first place between Kelowna, Bellingham, Walla Walla, and Victoria...Wenatchee will play Kelowna, Walla Walla, and Bellingham in its final nine games of the 2016 WCL season.