Walla Walla Sweets (7-5)
Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium
The AppleSox' six-game homestand rolls on with a three-game midweek set against the Walla Walla Sweets at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
After dropping two of three to the Kelowna Falcons, the AppleSox dropped to .500 (3-3) at home in league and non-league play this season. The Sox hope to bounce back against the Sweets, who are fresh off a three-game sweep of the Bend Elks. The Sweets come to Wenatchee on a four-game winning streak and were not in action on Monday night.
All three games will start at 7:05 p.m.
Sweets: Dylan Riddle (First appearance)
AppleSox: Curtis Bafus (1-1. 3.85 ERA)
Sweets: Bryce Moyle (1-1, 3.37 ERA)
AppleSox: Sam Wong (0-0, 3.37 ERA)
Sweets: Ty Hueckman (0-0, 6.00 ERA)
AppleSox: Connor McCord (0-1, 18.00 ERA)
Tuesday: Appearance by the Mariner Moose, sponsored by ESPN 900 radio, and Taco Tuesday
Wednesday: Salvation Army Food Drive, sponsored by Cherry Creek Radio
Thursday: Save at Home Night, sponsored by the Chelan County P.U.D.
Monday night, the AppleSox fell to the Kelowna Falcons 9-6 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. The AppleSox took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning but were outscored 9-3 the rest of the way.
The past two weeks have been full of significant milestones for the AppleSox. Last Tuesday against Corvallis, the AppleSox picked up their 600th victory in franchise history and then they picked up their 200th win at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium on Saturday night against Kelowna.
Tonight, the AppleSox will make more history as they play in their 1,000th game. In 19 years of play, the AppleSox have won 601 games as well as five West Coast League Championships.
In each of the final two games against Kelowna, the AppleSox struck in the first inning. Including non-league games, the AppleSox have scored 10 runs in the first inning this season. That’s the second-most runs that they’ve scored in any inning this year.
Top of the Order on Fire
Since drastically switching up the batting order last Thursday, head coach Kyle Krustangel has seen improved production atop the order.
In the last four games, the AppleSox first three batters are batting a combined .369 (17-for-46) and have produced a .436 on-base percentage.
The three regulars atop the order have been Joey Magro, Mason Marenco and Johnny Sage in that descending order.
Magro, who has started in all but one of the last four games, is hitting .416 (5-for-12) and has moved become the AppleSox second-best hitter with an overall .370. Last Thursday, Magro was a home run away from hitting for the cycle.
Marenco leads the AppleSox with a .575 slugging percentage and is hitting .312 (5-for-16) over the last four games. He was especially productive on Monday, when he went 4-for-5 and scored twice.
Sage has been the most productive of the three at the plate since moving into the three-hole. He’s hitting .428 (6-for-14) over the four games. He’s driven in five runs in that span.