AppleSox post-season bound after 5-0 win Wednesday

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AppleSox are Playoff Bound

Great pitching and record-setting home runs helped Wenatchee defeat Ridgefield 5-nothing last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium. “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, has the happy details…

AppleSox Wrap 2019-08-07

Wenatchee blanks Ridgefield 5-0

Jake Saum was stellar on the mound, going 8-innings to improve to 4-and-1 on the season, allowing no-runs on 4-hits with 8-strikeouts and a walk.

The AppleSox hit back-to-back home runs to open up the 5th inning to give the AppleSox at 3-0 lead. Joel Norman had the call on the AppleSox Radio Network, video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook page…

AppleSox Back to Back Home Runs 2019-08-07

The win improved Wenatchee’s record to 29-and-21 overall, solidifying itself with at least the second-best record in the division, securing a playoff spot. That means Wenatchee will host Victoria Tuesday night at 6:35 in the divisional playoff.

Lefties and Bells lose and drop out

Also in the West Coast League last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

West Coast League Scoreboard

Griffin Paxton hit two home runs and was 3-for-5 with 5-RBI’s to lead Victoria to an 11-to-2 win over Port Angeles.

Briley Knight was 2-for-4 with a home run and 2-RBI’s to lead Corvallis to a 5-4 win over Bellingham. The loss eliminated the Bells from the playoffs. The Knight’s win also gave Corvallis the second-half title in the south, putting Walla Walla into the playoffs.

Ty Hueckman and three other pitchers combined on a 3-hit shutout as Walla Walla beat Kelowna 4-nothing.

Brian Rice had a grand slam home run in a losing cause for Yakima Valley as the Pippins fell to Cowlitz 5-4.

Portland scored 15-runs on 21-hits at John Jensen went 5-for-6 with 4-runs and 3-RBI’s in a 15-9 win over Bend.

Playoff teams are set in WCL

Taking a look at the North Standings with four-games to go…

West Coast League North Standings

Wenatchee could still win the second-half title as they’re still tied with Victoria atop the standings at 17-and-6. Everyone else is out of the running.

WCL North Overall Standings

And here you see that Bellingham is 5-and-a-half games back with 4 to play, so even if Wenatchee doesn’t win the second half, the next playoff scenario goes to overall record.

West Coast League South Standings

Corvallis solidified the second-half South Division title with last night’s win. Even though Portland can catch them over the final four games, the Knights have the head-to-head advantage over the Pickles.

WCL South Overall Standings

So it will be Walla Walla getting the other spot in the playoffs with its second-best overall record in the South Division. The Sweets will host Corvallis Tuesday night at 6:35.

Mariners stop skid with 3-2 win

Mallex Smith scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-all tie and give the Mariners a 3-2 win over San Diego Wednesday…

Mariners edge Padres 3-2

Kyle Seager hit a 4th inning home run and drove in two as the Mariners split the two-game series with the Padres and snapped a 5-game losing streak.

Yusei Kikuchi gave up a home run to Fernando Tatis, Jr. to start the ballgame, but settled down to go 5-innings, with 1-run on 4-hits and 8-strikeouts…his best outing in two months.

Seattle has today off while the Seahawks take center-stage and will host Tampa Bay in the first of a three-game weekend series Friday at 7:10.

Rangers swept, Astros explode and Cubs club A’s

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from yesterday…

American League West Scoreboard

Jose Ramirez hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 7th and that was enough for Cleveland as the Indians won the opener of a doubleheader over Texas 2-nothing.

Ramirez also went deep in the nightcap as Cleveland won 5-to-1.

Yuli Gurriel had a two-run home run and drove in 8-RBI’s for Houston as the Astros beat Colorado 14-to-3.

Ian Happ hit a grand slam home run and the Cubs beat up on the A’s 10-to-1. Jose Quintana and two relievers combined on allowing 2-run on 3-hits for Chicago.

Seahawks host Broncos tonight

Tonight’s the night for the Seahawks as they host the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game…

Seattle hosts Denver in NFL preseason

All the off-season workouts, the mini-camps, the OTA’s and two weeks of training camp have come down to FINALLY playing against someone else.
Coach Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson and a lot of the first-stringers had a big practice Wednesday to make up for not playing tonight…

Pete Carroll on 1s in Practice 2019-08-07

So that means fans should expect NOT to see the likes of Russell Wilson or Bobby Wagner play tonight…
Seattle and Denver kickoff tonight at CenturyLink Field at 7 o’clock. You can watch it on Q13 Fox or listen to it locally on 560AM KPQ.