CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Wenatchee AppleSox wrapped up a three-game road series against the Corvallis Knights with a 6-3 defeat Wednesday. It was their third loss in as many outings against the South Division foe.
Wenatchee’s Jake Bruml struggled from the start on the mound and put the team in a hole early in the ball game. Corvallis’ Dane Lund’s single plated Blake Drake and Kevin Kline hit a double to send Seth Heck home to make it 2-0 at the end of the first inning.
The Knights followed that up with a four-run second inning. A single from Lund sent Grant Melker home, Gabe Clark hit a double to score two more and Cody Lenahan’s single made it a 6-0 affair at the end of the second.
The AppleSox’s bats cut into the lead in the top of the third. Joe Mello led off the inning with a home run, a single from Andre Real plated Grant Palmer and Ryan Barr hit a sacrifice fly to score Brock Slavin and make it a 6-3 contest.
But the visiting team couldn’t follow up on the big inning. Wenatchee managed just three hits for the remainder of the game, two of which came in the ninth inning. It ended the evening with nine runners stranded and seven hits. The team struck out 10 times cumulatively.
The Sox entered the three-game series in Corvallis, Ore., riding a six-game win streak and had climbed into the top spot in the North Division. Now they are 17-13 on the season and sit in second place behind Walla Walla after suffering the series sweep.
Bruml, who was charged with the loss, gave up 11 hits and six earned runs in six innings of work.
Wenatchee returns home at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to face the Medford Rogues (11-17).