BELLINGHAM, WA - For the first time in over a week, the AppleSox lost as they dropped the series opener to the Bellingham Bells, 7-5, on Friday night at Joe Martin Field.
The Sox’ seven-game winning streak, the longest of the season, came to an abrupt end after the Bells scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. Wenatchee put two on in the ninth, but couldn’t plate either.
Seth Kuykendall struck out seven in six innings and allowed three runs, but only one was earned. Kodie Kolden and Hunter Montgomery both recorded multi-hit games.
After failing to score first in any of the three games against the AppleSox last weekend in Wenatchee, the Bells scored thanks to a double and error in the first inning. Two innings later, the Bells scored two more times and held a 3-0 lead going into the seventh inning.
Though the Sox had only collected two hits off Bells starter Nick Proctor through the first six innings, they loaded up the bases against the right-hander to open the seventh. After a pitching change, a wild pitch scored the Sox’ first run of the game and then Montgomery doubled in another to make it a 3-2 game. Dylan McPhillips doubled to right-center to score two more runs and give the AppleSox their first lead of the game. Kolden singled in the final run of the inning and the game for the Sox to give Wenatchee a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Bells sent 10 men to the plate and, thanks to four walks drawn, took the lead against two different AppleSox relievers.
Jake Saum toes the rubber for the Sox on Saturday night looking to even the series up. First pitch is at 6:35.
Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interview head coach Kyle Krustangel below.