The Wenatchee AppleSox (16-30, 6-13, 6-10 North), fifth place in the North Division continute their six-game road trip at the Kelowna Falcons (22-21, 9-7, 8-8) after wining a series against Bellingham, 2-1...with last night’s Falcon win, the season series between Wenatchee and Kelowna is now even 2-2...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (44-61) (.419), 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 4, KELOWNA 6
KELOWNA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (16-30, 6-13 Second Half), received big nights from Evan Douglas, and Michael Toglia, but gave up too many runs early, falling to the Kelowna Falcons (22-21, 9-7), 6-4 at Elks Stadium, Tuesday...Kelowna jumped out on Wenatchee starter Justin Blatner for a run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles for Jesse Moore and Brad Antchak...Wenatchee was able to answer for their starter in the top of the third, when Evan Douglas tripled with one out, to set up a scoring play on a Taylor Borchers groundout to shortstop...Kelowna scored three times in the third on two more doubles...in the fourth, they drove in another with a fourth double...trailing, 5-1, Otis Statum lead off the seventh inning with a double off of Blake Randazzo (3-5) with a double, followed by a Haydan Hastings single to put Statum in position to score...like Douglas in the third, Statum was brought home on a groundout to short by Shane Martinez...Kelowna expanded the lead off of AppleSox reliever Miceal Taylor in the seventh inning, thanks to an RBI groundout by Aj Sawyer, that scored Lane Lacrone who walked and reached third on a two-base wild pitch...Wenatchee answered in a big way in the eighth, with Douglas tying the team record for triples in the game, nearly hitting his third home run of the season, but having it redirected on the warning track, off of the glove of the right fielder...in the next at bat, Michael Toglia homered to bring in Douglas, and took the WCL lead with six homers....Wenatchee couldn’t strike for any more runs late though, and Riley Moore got the save.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Michael Toglia is in a stunning offensive rhythm this season for Wenatchee...last night he picked up a hit in his season-best sixth-straight game...the hit also happened to be his sixth home run of the season, and first of his six hit on the road...with six dingers he now leads the WCL in homers, ahead of Patrick Flynn and Tommy Lane of Bend, and Ben Polshuk of Victoria...Toglia also picked up two more RBI, extending his lead over the North Division, with 31...he also leads the league in triples (5), one off a share of the team single season record, extra-base hits (19), and is now just two RBI off the league lead....Wenatchee’s single season home run record is 9 in a season...Toglia needs three more in the final 8 league games to match that mark.
Evan Douglas belted two triples for the AppleSox last night in game one of the series...it was the second time Wenatchee had a player hit for two triples in the same game this season, tying the team’s single-game record...Michael Toglia also hit for two triples at home July 9, 2016 vs. Gresham...Brent Wyatt was the other AppleSox player to accomplish the feat, back in 2006.
Wenatchee is looking for its first win in Canada...the AppleSox are 0-4 north of the border this season.
MAC IS BACK
Mac Lardner will be back to the mound for his second start of 2016...in his last outing, he fell into an early hole, allowing three runs to the Kitsap BlueJackets, on five hits, but recovered to retire 11 of the final 12 batters to face him...including seven in a row...if he carries that momentum into Wednesday’s game, the AppleSox can expect a stellar start that stretches longer than five innings.
LEADING THE CHARGE
Over the last five games, the AppleSox offense has seen improvement from a sub-.200 average, and now is hitting .252 over the last five contests...Michael Toglia is leading that charge with twice as many hits over that span than the next AppleSox player (10).
SECOND TIME AGAINST HIM
Wenatchee has faced Kelowna starter OKeefe Hall once before this season...except Hall was a reliever for the Falcons, throwing 2/3 of an inning in their lone win of the previous three-game set in Washington...Hall faced six batters and gave up three runs, two of which came earned...he has given up at least two earned runs in six-of-seven outings...tonight is his third start, and he threw eight innings his last time out and averages 3.5 runs allowed per start.