The Wenatchee AppleSox (10-17, 4-8 North), tied for second place in the North Division visit the Corvallis Knights (15-9, 6-3 South) to begin the second half of their WCL schedule...the Corvallis Knights are in the final three games of their first-half schedule...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (39-47) (.453), 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 9, FALCONS 5
WENACTHEE – The Wenatchee AppleSox (10-17), capped the first half of the West Coast League season with a 9-5 victory over the Kelowna Falcons (13-14), Tuesday at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium...Kelowna opened scoring Tuesday, with a solo home run off of Grady Miller....the Falcons added a second run in the third inning on an RBI fielder’s choice groundout for Jesse Moore...the AppleSox took back the lead in the bottom of the frame, with an RBI single for Ryan Kreidler that scored Matt Fraizer, and an error in right field brought home Evan Douglas to tie the game at 2-2...Jordan Rathbone doubled home Kreidler for a 3-2, AppleSox lead...a half inning later, Davis Todosichuk tied the game back up at 3-3, following an RBI single...Miller battled for five innings, and the score held until Eli Thornquist (2-0) took over in the sixth inning...the Sox left-hander gave up two runs on RBI singles to Lane Lacrone and Moore...Michael Toglia jump-started a four-run bottom half of the inning, to get Wenatchee the lead for good...Kreidler doubled to get two in scoring position with nobody out...Rathbone singled home a run to get the contest to 5-4, and a 2-RBI double for Taylor Borchers put the Sox in front for the remainder of the night...in the seventh, Wenatchee added another run after a 1-2-3 frame for Thornquist. An RBI groundout for Borchers gave him his 3rd RBI of the night, and the AppleSox went on to add one more run of insurance in the eighth inning on an RBI E6 for Fraizer...Tyler Burch pitched the final two innings of the night for Wenatchee to pick up his first save.
Wednesday marks the beginning of the WCL second-half schedule for the Wenatchee AppleSox...Victoria locked down the first-half title in the WCL North...if a different North team claims the best record in the second half, they will face Victoria in the Divisional round of the WCL Playoffs...if Victoria repeats as division champion and wins the second half, the second North Divisional team into the playoffs will be the next-best team based on overall season record.
ON THEIR GAMES
Taylor Borchers, Alex Gonzales, and Jordan Rathbone have gotten it working at the plate lately...Borchers and Gonzales are on their best five-game stretches of 2016m each hitting .400 over the last five games...Wenatchee is hitting .273 in the last five games as a team, to raise the team average above the .240 mark.
THREE GAMES/TWO DAYS
Due to the odd number of teams in the WCL, Wenatchee and Corvallis will avoid playing a single game to continue this three-game series later in the season, by playing a doubleheader tomorrow...the two games will each be regulation seven innings, and be the final games in an 18-game stretch without a day off for Wenatchee.
The AppleSox are playing well in the state of Oregon this summer...the Sox have two series wins and are 4-2...they haven’t yet lost a game one in the state of Oregon this year.
THE BEST FROM BURCH
Tyler Burch earned his first save of 2016 last night for the Wenatchee AppleSox...he now has tossed 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to a June 15 appearance against the Walla Walla Sweets.
Last night’s win was the fourth comeback win for Wenatchee in 2016...Taylor Borchers supplied the go-ahead and game-winning RBI...each his first of the season.
FINDING A WAY TO SCORE
Ryan Kreidler has scored nearly one-third of the AppleSox runs over the last five games...he has crossed the plate eighth times, and the team has scored 30 total runs in the last five outings.
WINNING AGAINST THE LONG BALL
Last night marked the first time in 2016 that the AppleSox won a game in which the opposing team hit at least one home run...previously Wenatchee was 0-8.
COMING OFF HIS BEST START
In terms of innings pitched, walks allowed, and strikeouts thrown, Ross Clevenger enters tonight coming off of his best start of 2016...the right-hander was a tough-luck loser at Cowlitz in his last outing, when Wenatchee could only muster three hits and fell in a complete game shutout played in a swift one hour and fifty three minutes.