Wenatchee 2, Walla Walla 1 last night.
Walla Walla at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.
Look Who’s Back on Top
Wenatchee took back the lead in the North last evening with a combination of their win over Walla Walla and Bellingham’s 3-2 loss to Medford. Wenatchee is now a half game up on the Sweets and Bells. Games remaining:
Wenatchee: One home Walla Walla. Three home Victoria, Three away Kelowna.
Walla Walla: One away Wenatchee. Three home Victoria. Three home Kelowna. Three away Bend.
Bellingham: One home Medford. Three home Bend. One home Victoria. Three away Victoria.
One Shy of Tying Two Doubles Records
Brett Stephens blasted a double in the seventh inning last night and the AppleSox now have 92 for the season. As mentioned yesterday, the 2011 Sox set the team and league records in 2011 with 93. Note: Four of the top five doubles hitters are all playing for the local team. Ryan Barr is first and has tied the league record with 18. Second is Conner Spencer with 13. In a three-way tie for third at 12 apiece are Brett Stephens and Brock Slavin.
Neither June nor July will go down in history as great months in the win column for Wenatchee. Including all games, they finished June with a 52.2 winning percentage (12-11) and July at 53.8 (14-12). Both are in 11th place for their respective months. The team has been around for 14 seasons.
Last evening AppleSox hurlers Trevor Lubking and Houston Hibberd combined to strike out 15 Sweets. This is only the fourth time in 25 home games fans have left the ball yard with coupons for free limeades at the Sonic Drive-In. It takes 10 whiffs by Wenatchee pitchers to be awarded the free cool drink. Eleven Knights fanned in the season opener (14 innings). In back-to-back games the HarbourCats went down swinging 12 and 11 times in early July. Wenatchee pitchers are averaging 7.3 strike outs at Paul Thomas. Seeing that seven makes one hark back to the old days when there was a “7 Up, 7 Down” promotion. Clever name and idea...Sox pitchers strike out seven batters and fans are given a coupon for a bottle of 7-Up. Because of the pitching prowess the Sox, rumor had it that an extra shift had to be put on at the bottling plant to handle the demand for the bubbly soft drink.
Last night was the Sox 16th game decided by one run (32.7 percent of all 49 games played). Wenatchee is 9-7. All-time average for one-run games for all 740 contests is 30.1 percent.
July 31 Games
The AppleSox like the last day of the month. They are 7-1 overall, 6-1 in league games and undefeated at 5-0 at home. They have a 1-game win streak.
Last month was the second hottest July on record for AppleSox home games. The average high at the airport on 14 game days was 93.1. Needed a 92 yesterday to break the record...got an 86. The July record is 93.4 set in 2006.
North: WENATCHEE 25-22, Walla Walla 23-21, Bellingham 24-22, Victoria 19-24, Kelowna 16-28
South: Corvallis 28-16, Bend 27-17, Medford 25-22, Klamath Falls 22-22, Cowlitz 21-23, Kitsap 16-29