Baseball Blurbs by Bruce
Walla Walla 7, Wenatchee 5 last night.
Walla Walla (14-15) at Wenatchee (15-14) 7:05 tonight.
Onions Peeling Away Sox Lead
Walla Walla and Wenatchee are now only a game apart for second and third in the East Division. On the first of the month the AppleSox were 4.5 games ahead, but Wenatchee has gone 2-5 in July and Walla Walla 7-3. A win by the home team tonight and they have a two-game lead, a loss and there is a tie for second.
The New Norm
Three-hour games are in. Last night (3:01) was the ninth of the season at Paul Thomas and the third in the last four. The nine long ones tie the 2007 Sox record for these 180-minute-plus affairs. And 2014 is out to really raise the bar as it is on pace to have 15 of things. So far 9 of 19 is 47 percent. With a 32-game schedule simply do the math and there are six more coming. The average game time for this season went up a minute after last evening from 2:50 to 2:51.
One More Pro Player
An another AppleSox alum that should have been on the list in yesterday’s report of current pro players is Ryan Gorton. Ryan played here in 2009 and is now with the High A Stockton Ports of Stockton, CA in the Oakland Athletics organization. That makes 35 former Wenatchee players at some level of professional ball. If you know of any more please let me know.
One More Current Player
When Kyle Vanderkin played shortstop last night he became the 40th player to suit up this season for the AppleSox...broke the old mark of 39 set two nights earlier.
Wenatchee has now lost six straight league games on their own turf. This is the most ever in 10-years of West Coast League play. The old mark was four in 2010. Back in the days of old they did lose eight in a row in the Pacific International League in 2000, their first year of operation.
July 12 Games
The 12th day of the seventh month is a Sox favorite...overall 7-2, league 5-1, nonleague 2-1, home 5-0, away 2-2 and they have won five consecutive times on this date.
East: Yakima Valley 18-11, WENATCHEE 15-14, Walla Walla 14-15, Kelowna 8-21
West: Bellingham 22-6, Victoria 13-16, Cowlitz 12-17, Kitsap 11-17
South: Corvallis 20-12, Bend 19-13, Medford 16-13, Klamath Falls 8-21
Who’s Hot: Bellingham as won 13 of 14. Bend has won 16 of 19. Walla Walla has won 6 of 7.
Who’s Not: Kelowna has lost 12 of 14. Cowlitz has lost 8 of 9. Klamath Falls has lost 8 of 9.