The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-31, 8-14, 8-11 North), fifth place in the North Division are visiting the Walla Walla Sweets (26-23, 11-11, 7-12) in a near must-win game for Walla Walla’s playoff hopes...Wenatchee played Walla Walla earlier this season in a three-game set, winning two of the three games...the AppleSox are playing their 17th franchise season (12th in the WCL) and are led by second-year skipper, AJ Proszek (48-63) (.432), 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 6, WALLA WALLA 4
WALLA WALLA – The Wenatchee AppleSox (18-31, 8-14 second half), fought back from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-4 Tuesday night at the Walla Walla Sweets (26-23, 11-11)...Wenatchee utilized a five-run sixth inning and also dialed up a game-winning 6-3 double play...the AppleSox scored first Tuesday, on a two-out double for Jordan Rathbone in the second inning against starter Bobby Ay (1-3)...the Sweets responded with two runs of their own in the second on a suicide squeeze, executed to perfection to score two runs...Walla Walla tried another suicide squeeze in the inning that was failed and resulted in a frame-ending double play...the Sweets added two more runs against Mac Lardner (2-2), in the third and fourth inning on Nick Nyquist’s second double of the game and a solo home run for Nick Vigo...Lardner’s offense got him the runs back in the sixth inning, bringing 11 batters to the plate, while loading the bases on two singles and a walk against Ay...Michael Toglia doubled home two runs on a single, and re-tied himself for the WCL RBI lead at 37...another single allowed by Ay reloaded the bases. and he walked home the tying run...Ay and AJ Carkner each walked and hit a batter for a 6-4 Sox lead...Lardner pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, before Adam Paulson took over in relief for the third time this summer, and retired an additional six in a row in the seventh and eighth innings...in the ninth, Walla Walla threatened against Paulson with a single, a balk, and another single, around a groundout to third base...with runners at the corners and one out, Paulson induced a game-winning 6-3 double play.
Wenatchee has tied in season series play (3-3) with three teams this season (Gresham, Kelowna, Bend)...with a win tonight, the AppleSox would guarantee no worse than a 4-2 season finish against Walla Walla, with an additional chance to win a season series against Bellingham this coming weekend (Sox lead series currently: 2-1).
Michael Toglia has been having a successful offensive season, and hasn’t slipped under the radar with a nine-game hitting streak that ties for the teams’ longest of the season...Toglia’s streak started July 23 against the Kitsap BlueJackets...Evan Douglas also hit safely in nine-straight games, June 4-22 earlier this season.
Last night, Wenatchee won just its fifth game when being out-hit by its opponent (5-26), and only its third game when the opposition homers (3-11)...the AppleSox also won a two-run game for just the second time this season (2-9 in two-run games, 4-17 in games decided by two-or-fewer runs).
MILLER’S FINAL START?
Tonight could be Grady Miller’s final start of 2016...emerging as the AppleSox ace this season, Miller has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last three starts, but has been charged with a loss in two of those three outings, despite only allowing an average of 1.67 earned runs-per-outing over the three-game stretch...Miller averages 6.52 innings-per-start, much higher than the second-best AppleSox pitcher, Justin Blatner at 5.83.
The AppleSox came-from-behind for a seventh time in 2016 last night.
NO ‘L’ IN LARDNER
After last night’s start, in three starting outings for the AppleSox, Mac Lardner has not recorded a loss...the AppleSox also have not lost as a team in any of his starts, with a team record of 3-0.