Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
Wenatchee 11 , Kelowna 0 last night.
Wenatchee (27-22) at Kelowna (15-34) 6:35 tonight.
Playoff Picture and the Magic Number
The chances of the AppleSox repeating as division champs may be in the slim-to-none category after last night. Yes, they won, but so did Yakima Valley. That means to tie for the title and earn the divisional playoff spot the Sox have to win their final five games and the Pippins have to lose their last four. In that case the pair would tie for first in the East, but Wenatchee would advance because they would have won the season series 8-1.
The local club’s chance to make the playoffs is better as the wildcard entry, the second place team with the best record. Here they have to get ahead of Bend. The Elks are 28-21 and the AppleSox 27-22 and both have five games remaining. In this case tying with the Elks does no good as Bend holds the tie-breaker by taking their series from the Sox 2-1. The only other outfit with hope is Walla Walla and theirs is basically in “mathematical, but not practical” category. Like, Wenatchee, they lost their series to Bend so would have to finish ahead of the Elks. If the Sweets manage to tie with the AppleSox for second, the Sweets advance based on their 6-3 series win. The results of games last evening eliminated Medford and Victoria from the wildcard race.
The magic numbers for the various combinations. The 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 1.
South: Corvallis and Bend 1.
West: Bellingham is champ.
Wildcard: Bend and Wenatchee 5. Bend and Walla Walla 3.
- The 11-0 win yesterday was the Sox fourth shutout win of the season, 60th overall, 40th league and 12th vs. the Falcons.
- Wenatchee has a three-game win streak over Kelowna.
- Yesterday was the 100th league game with Kelowna...Sox are 70-30.
- Yakima Valley’s nine-game win streak ties for the ninth longest win steak in WCL history.
August 6 Games
The second best date in Wenatchee history regarding winning percentage. The AppleSox have won 10 of 11 games on the sixth of August...and, they have won all consecutively. They lost the first game they every played on 8/6 and have not lost since. They are 10-1 overall, 9-0 league, 1-1 nonleague, 5-0 at home and 5-1 on the road. They are 1-0 vs. Kelowna, an 8-6 win in 2009.
East: Yakima Valley 32-18, WENATCHEE 27-22, Walla Walla 25-24, Kelowna 15-34
West: Bellingham 34-15, Victoria 22-27, Cowlitz 22-28, Kitsap 21-28
South: Corvallis 33-16, Bend 28-21, Medford 24-26, Klamath Falls 13-37
Who’s Hot: Yakima Valley has won 9 straight. Corvallis has won 6 of 7.
Who’s Not: Kelowna has lost 5 straight and 7 of 8. Kitsap has lost 4 of 5. Cowlitz has lost 4 of 5.