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Baseball Blubs by Bruce
 
Bellingham 8, Wenatchee 1 last night
 
Bellingham (13-5) at Wenatchee (13-9) 7:05 tonight.
 
Ouch!
With last night’s win Bellingham has now won six of the last seven from Wenatchee and three of the last four at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.
 
Law Abiding Sox
Thefts on the decrease.  Wenatchee is averaging 0.86 stolen bases per game in 22 WCL outings.  This ranks 13th in team history.  Only in 2000 (0.83) and 2004 (0.75) did they swipe less. 
 
Hot June
The month just completed tied for the second warmest June in the AppleSox 15 years.  What this means that the average high at Pangborn for the 13 home dates was 82.8 degrees.  The toastiest day was the 23rd at 91 (5-4 win over Corvallis.)   The coolest was 77 on the 10th (5-4 win over Kitsap) and the 20th (15-5 loss to Walla Walla).  The average for all 193 June games over the years is 79.1.  The high year was 2008 when the average high for 13 home June contests was right up there at 85.8.  The low was 2002 with a chilly 71.2.
 
Middle Ground
From a win/loss percentage perspective the month just completed was the eighth best June the AppleSox have had...seven better and seven worse.  With a 16-9 mark they finished at 64.0 percent.  The winning percent for 15-year’s worth of June games is 65.7.  The best June ever was 2012 at 88.0 percent (22-3).  The 25 games tied with 2012 for the second most played in the sixth month.  The record was set in 2002 when the Sox competed 26 times.
 
July 1 Games
The first day of the seventh month is like the last day of the sixth month, the Sox entered this season with 5-6 overall records on both dates.  On July 1 they are 4-4 in both league and home games, are 1-0 vs. Bellingham and have a two-game losing streak.  This will be their first game on this date in three years and their first home game in six years (beat the Bells 4-3 in 2008).
 
Standings
East: Yakima Valley 12-7, WENATCHEE 13-9,  Walla Walla 7-12, Kelowna 7-15
West: Bellingham 13-5, Cowlitz 11-10, Kitsap 8-10, Victoria 7-12
South: Medford 12-7, Corvallis 12-10, Bend 12-11, Klamath Falls 7-13
 
Who’s Hot: Bellingham has won 5 straight. Yakima Valley has won 6 of 7.  Bend has won 6 of 7.  
Who’s Not: Kitsap has lost 6 straight.  Walla Walla has lost 5 of 6. 
 
Bellingham has only given up seven runs in their past five games.

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