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Wenatchee just a game back in the wildcard race for playoff spot

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
Wenatchee 6, Cowlitz 3 last night.
Cowlitz (21-25) at Wenatchee (25-21) 7:05 tonight.
AppleSox Are Elk Hunting
Last night Wenatchee narrowed the wildcard race down to one game between themselves and Bend.  While the Sox were defeating the Black Bears, the Elks fell 9-5 to Medford.  Both Wenatchee and Bend have eight games remaining.  To take the wildcard spot the AppleSox have to finish ahead of the Central Oregon outfit as the Elks took the season series 2-1.
The Old Magic Number
This figure, kind of mysterious to some, pops out of the baseball stratosphere around this time every year.  The magic number is how many combined wins and losses will eliminate a team from contention or secure their way to the playoffs! 
East: Yakima Valley and Wenatchee 6.  Yakima Valley and Walla Walla 3.  Wenatchee and Walla Walla 6.
South: Corvallis and Bend 5.  Corvallis and Medford 2.  Bend and Medford 6.
West: All over.  Nobody can catch Bellingham.
The East, A Different Look
Here are the East Division clubs with a couple of different angles on standings. 
- East against each other only: Wenatchee 12-9, Yakima Valley 12-10, Walla Walla 13-11, Kelowna 6-13
- East against West and South only: Yakima Valley 16-8, Wenatchee 13-12, Walla Walla 9-13, Kelowna 6-18

August 2nd Games
The AppleSox are in a string of dates where they’ve done quite well, and that includes August 2.  The record: 6-2 overall, 5-2 league, 1-0 nonleague, 4-1 home, 2-1 away and has a “one-game win streak.”  The defeated Bellingham 5-2 in 2012.
East: Yakima Valley 28-18, WENATCHEE 25-21, Walla Walla 22-24, Kelowna 15-31
West: Bellingham 32-13, Kitsap 21-24, Cowlitz 21-25, Victoria 21-25
South: Corvallis 30-16, Bend 26-20, Medford 23-23, Klamath Falls 12-34
Who’s Hot:  Yakima Valley has won 5 straight.  Wenatchee has won 4 of 5.
Who’s Not: Klamath Falls has lost 5 of 6.  Bend has lost 5 straight. 

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