Wenatchee 8, Victoria 1 last night.
Victoria at Wenatchee 7:05 tonight.
July 4 and Independence Day Games
The Fourth of July has been a big day for number of AppleSox games...14. The Fourth and three other dates all tie for most games-on-one-day honors...and all four will advance to 15 this season. Not so big in the win column though. They are 7-7 overall, 6-6 in league games, 5-6 at home and have lost three straight.
What a Difference Month Makes
In their first 23 games the AppleSox hit a meager three home runs. In two games in July they’ve already matched their June total.
2 in 1
When Ryan Barr put one over the right field fence in the sixth inning and three batters later Brett Stephens did the same, the stadium was abuzz with – has this ever happened before?...how often has this happened? etc.. Well, there are answers. This was the eighth time Wenatchee has had two four-baggers in one inning...and five those those were of the back-to-back variety. In fact in one infamous nonleague adventure in 2004 (in a little 31-6 romp over a Victoria club, no less...the Victoria Royals), the Sox went back-to-back in one inning and then did it again before the game was over. Two homers in one inning isn’t really that rare in AppleSox history. The eight times its happened (16 home runs) make up 6.9 percent of all Wenatchee round-trippers.
After a 7-1 start through eight games, Victoria has gone 4-7 in their most recent 11.
As radio play-by-play man Spencer Thurling said after Tuesday night’s victory over Victoria, “its always nice to beat at new team the first time you play them.” The AppleSox have managed to pull it off five of six times when a new team has entered the West Coast League. They were 4-0 until Medford came along a week and a half ago. In order: Moses Lake 7-0, Walla Walla 7-0, Cowlitz 9-2, Klamath Falls 10-2, Medford (4-5) and Victoria 7-2.
Making the Right Call
Speaking of Spencer. He is one of a very, very small number of baseball broadcasters that call a pitch over the edge of the plate correctly. He simply says over the edge, inside edge or outside edge. On the other hand, nearly 100 percent every play-by-play guy I’ve heard (and I’ve been on this planet a few years) uses the word “corner.” No way...all these guys are completely wrong. The proper call is “edge” or “corners”...plural. The plate has five corners. When the pitch goes over either the inside or outside border of the dish it is crossing two corners. A pitch right smack down Broadway can be correctly called over the corner, but no, forget it, ain’t gonna happen. Way to go Spencer.
North: Victoria 11-8, WENATCHEE 13-10, Walla Walla 13-10, Bellingham 11-11, Kelowna 6-17
South: Bend 17-9, Cowlitz 11-9, Corvallis 14-12, Klamath Falls 12-12, Medford 9-13, Kitsap 10-16
The league site shows Wenatchee tied for first in the “games behind” column, but Victoria still has slightly better winning percentage, .579 to .565.