APPLESOX (12-17, 1-2 second half)
Bellingham Bells (21-11, 3-3 second half)
Joe Martin Field
After playing three games in Wenatchee, the AppleSox and the Bellingham wrap up their six-games-in-six-days series with three in Bellingham beginning tonight.
The AppleSox took Tuesday’s series-opener with a 6-2 victory over Bellingham, but the Bells won the series with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday and a 10-4 triumph last night.
This is the final series for both teams before the West Coast League All-Star Game, which takes place on Tuesday night in Port Angeles. Curtis Bafus, Mason Marenco, Cory Meyer and Jeremy Yelland will represent the AppleSox in the mid-summer classic.
AppleSox: Dawson Day (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Bells: Nick Hull (0-1, 3.37 ERA)
AppleSox: Curtis Bafus (3-3, 2.94 ERA)
Bells: Chris Micheles (0-0, 1.08 ERA)
AppleSox: Connor McCord (1-4, 6.15 ERA)
Bells: Grant Holman (0-0, 1.30 ERA)
Struggles After Game 1
The AppleSox have been stupendous in series-openers this season, winning the first game of a three-game series six of nine times. That means that six of the Sox’ 12 West Coast League victories this season have come in Game 1 of a three-game series.
Despite winning each of their last three series openers, the AppleSox are 4-5 in their last nine. Taking Games 2 and 3 of the season has not been as easy for the Sox in 2018.
Allowing the First Run
In each of the three games in Wenatchee, the Bells scored first against the AppleSox. Game 1 was the only time that the Sox rallied back to claim a victory after allowing the Bells to score first. This season, the AppleSox are 4-9 when their opponent tallies the games’ first run.
Men Left On
Last night was only the sixth time that the AppleSox stranded 10 or more runners in a game. The Sox stranded 11 runners, one off their season-high. Four innings ended with the Sox stranding two runners on the basepaths.
The toughest was when they loaded the bases in the fifth with one out, but could not get any runs as a double play ended the inning.