The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-16, 2-7 North), fifth place in the North Division host the Kelowna Falcons (12-12, 6-6 North) for Fireworks Night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...it is the AppleSox first meeting with Kelowna this year...Wenatchee is trying to put an end to a seven-game losing streak...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (37-46) (.446), 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, BLACK BEARS 5
LONGVIEW – The Wenatchee AppleSox (8-16), battled back for a late-inning lead, but couldn’t hold on against the Cowlitz Black Bears (11-13), suffering a 5-4 walkoff loss in the ninth inning at Story Field in Longview, Wash...Wenatchee scored first in the contest, with an RBI single from Matt Reitano in the second inning, off of David Appleby...Cowlitz answered the AppleSox immediately scoring off of Jimmy Dobrash three times in the bottom of the second inning...an error and Colin Winn and Morgan McCullough RBIs provided the runs...the AppleSox got back a run in the fourth inning on an Alex Gonzales RBi single...Ryan Kreider, who doubled earlier in the inning, came around to score his second run of the night on the play...the AppleSox were held in by Dobrash and Mac Lardner (0-2) in the contest...Michael Toglia provided a two-RBI double to put the AppleSox ahead 4-3 after the top of the seventh...Shane Martinez and Evan Douglas scored on the play...Weston Hatten sacrificed in Andy Armstrong in the seventh for Cowlitz, who was a pinch runner for Lorin Archibald...with the score tied in the ninth inning, McCullough led off the frame with a single off of Lardner...Dylan Riddle entered for the AppleSox and forced a lineout to third base...after Martinez caught the ball, he tried to double McCullough off back at first base, but threw high of Toglia, allowing Cowlitz’s winning run into scoring position...after a lineout to left field, Kenyon Yovan lined a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left center field, and hit it off the base of the wall for a walkoff RBI double to win the game for the Black Bears.
HERE WE ARE AGAIN
Wenatchee has now suffered two 7-game losing streaks in 2016...the last time the AppleSox had lost seven straight games they were at home facing the Corvallis Knights...a 6-3 win kicked the streak to the curb and started an 8-2 stretch for Wenatchee.
HERE COMES THE BOOM
It’s Fireworks Night for the AppleSox, and despite playing in front of the largest crowds in AppleSox history on this very night, Wenatchee is only a lifetime 7-9 and 4-8 in league games...the AppleSox won last season’s Fireworks Night game as part of a series sweep of the Klamath Falls Gems...Wenatchee has not had a series sweep this season.
WCL AND BEYOND
The AppleSox and the Falcons have played 120 times dating back to PIL and non-league games before the start of the WCL in 2005...this is the most of any opponent, with Bellingham next at 95 games...Kelowna has been the visitor 59 times in the series.
PLENTY OF SCORING
Expect the AppleSox and Falcons to score often throughout the series...the two clubs combine to score an average 10.57 runs per game when facing each other.
GIVING UP THE LEAD
Wenatchee claimed a 4-3 advantage over the Cowlitz Black Bears last night in Longview...unfortunately, the AppleSox also lost that lead...something that has happened 6 times in 2016, resulting in losses...the AppleSox have come from behind to win just three times this year.
In 7 games decided by two runs or fewer, the AppleSox are 2-7...a total of 1-4 in one-run games and 1-3 in two-run games...the average losing margin for the Sox during this seven-game losing streak is at 2.3 runs-per-game.
AMONG THE LEADERS
Michael Toglia has driven in 16 runs in 2016, one of the WCL North lead at 17, held by Victoria’s Cody Snider and three off of the WCL-leader Tommy Lane at 19 with the Bend Elks...Toglia has 9 two-out RBI for the AppleSox after both of his runs came in with two outs in the seventh inning last night to give the AppleSox a lead.
After last night’s loss, the AppleSox first-half fate is locked in...Wenatchee will finish fifth in the WCL North First-Half standings...this is the first time the AppleSox have finished dead last in the standings of a season-marker (end of season or mid-season tally).
TELLS THE STORY
The offense is struggling in a major way over the last five games for Wenatchee, hitting just .207 with 14 runs driven in.