WALLA WALLA, WA - Despite leading 4-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the AppleSox gave up five runs in the next two innings and lost, 7-4, on Wednesday night at Borleske Stadium.
Ryan Long allowed two unearned runs in six innings but picked up the no-decision after the Sox couldn’t hang on to the lead.
Eight of nine AppleSox hitters reached base multiple times, but the Sox also left 10 men on base for the second time in their last three games, both losses.
After the Sweets scored twice in the second inning, both times with two outs, the Sox rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Dalton Harum walked to open the inning and Blake Klassen singled to open the inning. Hunter Montgomery doubled in Harum and Kody Darcy singled in Klassen. Brett Gillis walked to load the bases and then Connor Kiffer hit a sacrifice fly to give the AppleSox a 3-2 lead. Three batters later and again with the bases loaded, Johnny Sage walked to bring in another run.
Long allowed just one hit in his final four innings, but the Sox’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead as it gave up four runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.
The Sox look to even up the series on Thursday as they send Seth Kuykendall to the rubber. First pitch is at 6:35.
Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interview with AppleSox head coach Kyle Krustangel below.