Sox Take Down Pickles to Open Series

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WENATCHEE, WA - Playing at home for the first time in nearly two weeks, the AppleSox claimed a back-and-forth affair with a 6-3 win over the Portland Pickles.

Tied up 3-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the AppleSox scored three runs to pick up back-to-back victories.

Johnny Sage and Kody Darcy both recorded multi-hit games in the win. Brett Gillis got the final four outs to pick up his fourth save of the season.

The Pickles opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second and the Sox immediately responded with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Darcy reached on an infield error to tie the run.

An inning later, Wenatchee took its first of three different leads in the game. Connor Kiffer drew a leadoff walk and scored after back-to-back singles by Blake Klassen and Hunter Montgomery with two outs.

The Pickles wouldn’t wait long to tie it up again, scoring another unearned run in the top of the fourth.

The AppleSox retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Johnny Sage went to work. Sage led off with a single, then stole second and went to third on a throwing error. A couple pitches later, he scored on a passed ball.

Again, the Pickles had an answer, striking with a two-out RBI double in the top of the sixth. Then, the Sox put together the only multi-run half inning. With the bases loaded, Connor Kiffer singled to left to score the game-winning run then Sage singled in two more with a high chopper to the right side.

The Sox go for the series victory tonight at 5:35.

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Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interviews with Darcy and assistant coach Cash Ulrich.