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Sox in stretch run. Beginning tonight six of final nine games at home.

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
 
Wenatchee 9, Victoria 2 last night.
 
Cowlitz (21-24) at Wenatchee (24-21) 7:05 tonight.
 
Wenatchee vs. Cowlitz
Started in 2010
Wenatchee
- leads the series 15-3 overall (all league games), 8-1 at home and 7-2 away.
- did not face the Black Bears last season.
- has a “one-game” win streak, a 7-6 win in July of ‘12.
- has only allowed an average of 2.8 runs per game.  The Sox 10-year WCL average is 4.1.
 
Playoff Peek
Right now the AppleSox (24-21) trail East Division leader Yakima Valley (27-18) by three games, and wildcard leader Bend (26-19) by two.  All three teams have nine games remaining.  Bend’s are all in their division, three each with Medford (home), Corvallis (away) and Klamath Falls (home).  Yakima Valley has three with Kelowna (home) and three with Cowlitz (home).  Wenatchee has three with Cowlitz  (home) and three with Kelowna (away).  The season ends with Pippins and AppleSox right here.


July Swoon
Wenatchee concluded July with a 12-13 record.  From the beginning, July has always been their weakest month.  They have won 65.8 percent of June games, 63.8 in August and now 59.4 in July.  This is only their sixth losing month (two in June, three July, one August) of 41 months in their 15 years.
 
Three-Baggers for Brown
Sam Brown hit his fourth triple last night to tie the team record for most in a season.  The others with four are Tim Preston ‘02, Zach Mandelblatt ‘07 and Mitchell Gunsolus ‘12. 
 
Hot August July Nights
July set a temperature record for Wenatchee home games.  The high recorded at the airport on the dates of the 13 home games averaged 94.6 degrees...the hottest in 40 months of team history.  The old record was 94.5 in August 2012.  Eight times in those 13 games the mercury hit triple digits, with a high of 105 on the 24th.  ENOUGH!
 
August 1st Games
Another good date for the home team.  On the first day of the eighth month the AppleSox are 7-2 overall and league, 4-1 home, 3-1 away and have a two-game win streak.  A year ago today they topped Kelowna 9-3.
 
Standings
East: Yakima Valley 27-18, WENATCHEE 24-21, Walla Walla 21-24, Kelowna 15-30
West: Bellingham 32-12, Cowlitz 21-24, Kitsap 20-24, Victoria 20-25
South: Corvallis 30-15, Bend 26-19, Medford 22-23, Klamath Falls 11-34
 
The league site shows Kelowna with 14 wins and Kitsap with 23 losses.  The game between the two at Kelowna Wednesday is missing.  The Kelowna team site has the Falcons winning 4-3.  The standings above include the Wednesday contest.
 
Who’s Hot: Corvallis has won 6 of 7 and 9 of 11.  Kitsap has won 5 of 6.  Yakima Valley has won 4 straight.
Who’s Not: Klamath Falls has lost 5 straight and 8 of 9.  Bend has lost 4 straight.  Medford has lost 5 of 6.

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