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West Coast League clubs producing runs willy-nilly

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Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
 
Kelowna 13, Wenatchee 4 last night
 
Wenatchee (14-12) at Kelowna (8-18) 6:05 tonight.
 
Scoreboards Are Blowing Out
What’s with all the offense?  Where’d all the runs come from?  West Coast League teams are making like slow-pitch teams.  Well, not quite, but they are pushing runners across home plate in record numbers.  Through last night’s games the teams are combining for 11.18 runs per game.  That is a 23.4 percent increase over the average of 9.06 runs per game for the previous four seasons.  Fifty times a team has scored in double figures...and in six of those that was the losing team.   We’ve seen scores of 20, 19, 18, 17 (twice), 16, 15 (three times) and 41 between 10 and 14.
 
Speaking of runs, how ‘bout them AppleSox and Falcons
The last dozen times these two have played, the combined score has been in double figures 11 times, and the one instance it wasn’t - nine runs were scored.  In AppleSox history there has never been another time when runs combined in 11 of 12 games against one opponent were in two digits.  During the recent 12-game stretch the pair is averaging 15 runs a game.
 
“It’s Our Turn” Say the Sox
Over the last eight contests with Kelowna the winner has changed every game...kind of a your turn, my turn thing.  Well...this evening it’s time for the “good guys.”
 
July 6 Games
On the sixth day of the seventh month the Sox are 6-4 overall, 4-2 league, 2-2 nonleague, 4-2 at home, 2-2 away and beat Kitsap last year 11-1.  They are 1-0 vs. Kelowna (5-0 in B.C. in ‘07).
 
Standings
East: Yakima Valley 14-10, WENATCHEE 14-12, Walla Walla 10-14, Kelowna 8-18
West: Bellingham 18-5, Victoria 11-12, Cowlitz 11-13, Kitsap 8-14
South: Corvallis 16-11, Bend 15-12, Medford 13-10, Klamath Falls 8-15
 
Bells Ringing, BlueJackets Blue
Bellingham’s 10 consecutive victories tie for the fifth longest winning streak in the WCL.  The top two streaks are by Wenatchee at 14 (2011) and 13 (2005).
Kitsap’s 10 consecutive defeats ties with three others for the third longest losing streak in the WCL.  Note: two of the others are themselves – 10 in ‘11 and again in ‘12.  The record Is Moses Lake at 19 (2009).
 
Who’s Hot: Bellingham has won 10 straight.  Victoria has won 6 straight. 
Who’s Not: Kitsap has lost 10 straight. 
 
In Bellingham’s last 15 games, 13 of which they’ve won, they’ve given up a miserly 1.87 runs per game (it was 1.93 prior to last night).

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