Baseball Blubs by Bruce
Wenatchee 5, Walla Walla 1, last night.
Walla Walla (6-8) at Wenatchee (8-6) 6:05 tonight.
When Joe Gillette started the game Friday night he became the 400th individual to play for Wenatchee. This number includes regular players, temporary players, bullpen catchers in token appearances, pickup players for the Wichita adventure in ‘03, a head coach in a brief pitching stint, etc...anyone who has worn the red, white and blue and represented the AppleSox on the diamond...from Zach Abbruzza to Luke Zirkle.
Longest 9-Inning Game Ever
The few fans that stuck around to the very end of Friday’s marathon, winds-out-of-the-North-Pole contest (a 15-5 loss to Walla Walla) witnessed history...the longest 9-inning home game ever. This grueling affair went on for 3 hours and 27 minutes. The old mark was 3 hours, 26 minutes on July 16 a year ago in a 22-10 victory over Kelowna. Five of eight home games this season have surpassed three hours. The record is 2007 when nine games went over 180 minutes.
From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
Last evening’s 5-1 triumph over the Sweets lopped 1 hour and 10 minutes off the previous night’s encounter. The 2-hour, 17-minute game Saturday was the quickest of eight home games this season.
First Day of Summer Games
Yesterday was the first day of summer and this is one of the AppleSox favorite days. They have played on summer’s initial day 13 times in 15 years (missed ‘00 and ‘02) and are 10-3 and have won every game since 2008...seven in a row.
In WCL games there has been an average of 6.07 runs scored against the local nine through 14 games. Compared to the season-ending totals in previous years, this is the highest ever in a decade of WCL play...in fact the highest by quite a bit. The most surrendered is 4.40 in 2009. Counting the five years in the Pacific International League the highest average by opponents is 6.53 in 2000, the first season for Wenatchee.
June 22 Games
The AppleSox like the results the past five years for games on this date. On the 22nd they have a five-game win streak. They have played a dozen games and they’ve all be of the league variety. They are 8-4 and 5-2 at home. A year ago they beat Kitsap 4-3 in 10 innings.
East: WENATCHEE 8-6, Yakima Valley 6-5, Walla Walla 6-8, Kelowna 5-9
West: Kitsap 7-4, Bellingham 8-5, Cowlitz 7-7, Victoria 5-7
South: Medford 9-3, Corvallis 9-5, Bend 6-9, Klamath Falls 3-11
Who’s Hot: Medford has won 3 straight and 9 of 10. Corvallis has won 4 straight and 8 of 10.
Who’s Not: Cowlitz, Klamath Falls and Victoria have each lost 4 straight.