WENATCHEE — The AppleSox ended their six-game losing streak and earned their 400th career win in the West Coast League after doubling up the Port Angeles Lefties 14-7 Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.
Wenatchee didn’t make it easy though.
After throwing three straight balls, starter Henrik Reinertsen gave up a leadoff homer to Charlie Nasuti to open the game. Shortstop Kody Darcy then booted a ball on the following at-bat before Evan Hurn doubled him home.
Just like that, the AppleSox were down 2-0 in the first. Wenatchee answered though in the home half and evened the score with a pair of singles and a two-RBI double to left center by Blake Klassen, but Port Angeles scored another in the second to retake the lead. Pitching took over from there until Wenatchee exploded for seven runs in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run bomb by Tyler Detloff, who came into Tuesday hitless in his last 16 at-bats but finished the game 3-for-5.
“It felt good to square that one up,” Detloff said of his home run. “Just sticking with the process and keep a level head and good things will happen.”
The AppleSox flipped a switch in their third time through against Lefties’ starter Michael Buchanan, who was dealing in the first four innings but hit a wall in the fifth. First Buchanan hit left fielder Johnny Graham to start the inning before giving up a double to Kodie Kolden. With the table set, Detloff drove them in with his no-doubter. Then after walking both Dylan McPhillips and Kody Darcy, Graham singled them home to make the score 9-3.
It was the kind of inning Wenatchee had been searching for the past week.
“There were a lot of guys that stuck to the process tonight, and it was good to string some good at-bats together,” head coach Kyle Krustangel said after the win. “We’ve shown glimpses of having a good offense so it was nice to hang some big numbers out there. I told the guys before the game that ‘When you’re playing your best, you’re playing confident, loose, free and easy,’ and we had a lot of guys doing just that at the dish.”
The AppleSox added four more insurance runs in the seventh and eighth inning, but none of them were needed with Wenatchee’s bullpen shoving it to Port Angeles for five innings.
Owen Leonard tossed the fifth and sixth, striking out two and allowing four runs to come in — none of which were earned on account of two errors from Cole McKenzie and Darcy. Alec Gomez struck out three in two innings and Landon Schirer set the Lefties down in order to close the door in the ninth.
Gomez and Schirer have both been lights out so far this summer, relinquishing only four hits in nine innings and allowing no runs to come in.
“The bullpen was fantastic tonight,” Krustangel said. “Owen had to get six outs and kept battling through some errors, Gomez is Gomez and Landon has been quite the back-end guy as well. You can’t have enough high-end guys that can virtually end the ball game in the seventh.”
Solid rebound for the AppleSox, who fell 15-9 against the Lefties Tuesday night. Wenatchee will look to take the series on Thursday with James Kulak returning from a concussion to make his second start of the season.
“Hopefully he doesn’t take a ball off the back of the head on the second batter of the game like he did last week, log seven innings and give us a quality outing,” Krustangel said. “He’s cleared, healthy, hungry and ready to go.”
First pitch in the rubber-match Thursday is at 6:35 p.m.