AppleSox stretch winning streak to 6-games

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Sox top Falcons 13-1

The Wenatchee AppleSox ran its winning streak to 6-games last night with a 13-1 blowout victory at Kelowna…

AppleSox clobber Kelowna 13-1

Kodie Kolden finished a triple away from the cycle and Hunter Montgomery hit a grand slam to deliver the Sox’ sixth consecutive victory.

For the sixth consecutive game, the AppleSox struck first by scoring in the first inning. Kolden led off the game with a home run on a 2-2 pitch, then Ryan Altenberger singled and scored on an RBI double by Dalton Harum to make it 2-0, AppleSox. The Sox have now scored 16 runs in the first inning over the course of their six-game winning streak.

In the second, Dylan McPhillips and Kolden both walked and then scored on a 2-RBI double by Altenberger, who then scored on an RBI double by Johnny Sage.

The Sox went to work again in the fourth. Brett Gillis singled and Kolden doubled him in to make it 6-0, AppleSox. Altenberger was it by a pitch before Sage plated Kolden with a single. Harum walked to load the bases and then Blake Klassen drove in Altenberger with a single. Montgomery launched his fourth home run of the season to clear the bases and make it 12-0, AppleSox.

The Sox scored their final run in the seventh inning when Kolden singled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Harum three batters later.

Sam Wyatt worked 6-innings for the victory on the mound, allowing no runs on 5-hits with 7-strikeouts. Wenatchee will try to extend the streak tonight at 6:35 with Ryan Long on the mound. Kelowna has not announced its starter.

Four AppleSox named to All-Star team

WCL All Star Game in Bend, Oregon

Four members of the Wenatchee AppleSox will represent the organization next Tuesday at the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game in Bend, Oregon.

Ryan Altenberger All-Star

Ryan Altenberger, a junior out of Xavier University, is hitting .280 with eight extra-base hits, tied for third-most on the AppleSox roster.

Jake Saum All-Star

Jake Saum is an incoming freshman at UCLA. He’s 3-and-oh on the mound for Wenatchee with a 2.70 ERA in five games, three of which starts.

Sam Wyatt All-Star

Sam Wyatt is a senior at University of Northern Colorado. He’s 2-and-2 on the mound with a 2.73 ERA. Wyatt’s 36-strikeouts leads the AppleSox.

Cole McKenzie All-Star

Cole McKenzie, a senior at Purdue, is hitting .370 to lead the AppleSox. He also is tops on the team in hits with 40, stolen bases with 11, doubles with 9, extra-base hits with 10 and hit by pitches with 9.

This is the second consecutive year that the AppleSox have had four All-Stars selected. Altenbrger will also participate in the home run derby the night before at 6:30.

Pitching key in WCL games Tuesday

Let’s open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard and see what else happened in the West Coast League last night…

West Coast League Scoreboard

James Sashin and three other pitchers combined on a four-hitter against Port Angeles as Cowlitz won 4-to-1.

Tyler Frazier tossed 7-innings of 2-hit, shutout ball with 8-strikeouts to lead Yakima Valley over Bend 1-nothing. The Pippen’s lone run came on an RBI-single by Nick DiCarlo in the 5th inning.

Harrison Spohn hit a solo home run and Nick Adams had a 2-run home run to highlight a 6-run fourth inning as Victoria topped Walla Walla 7-to-1. Calvin Turchin earned the victory on the mound, going 6-innings while allowing one run on 7-hits.

Kyle Manzardo was 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s to lead Portland past Bellingham 5-to-1. KC Hunt and three relievers held the Bells to 1-run on 4-hits with 9-strikeouts.

And in a non-league game, Brody Barnum was 4-for-4 as Ridgefield topped the Highline Bears 3-2. The Raptors scored what proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the 7th on a solo home run by Justin Boyd.

Wenatchee leads WCL North Division

Here’s the latest standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

West Coast League North Division Standings

Wenatchee is in first place at 5-and-2, statistically tied with Victoria, who is 6-and-3. Yakima Valley moves up to third at 4-and-4. Port Angeles falls to fourth at 3-and-4. Bellingham is in 5th at 1-and-5 with Kelowna right behind the Bells at 1-and-6.

Gonzales peeved by missed call, loses control and Mariners fall

Marco Gonzales and the Mariners were peeved by a missed call and then fell apart in a 9-2 loss at Oakland last night…

Oakland tops Seattle 9-2

Gonzales and the rest of Seattle’s bench felt he had struck out Marcus Simien in the bottom of the 5th on a 3-2 pitch. But home plate umpire Brian O’Nora called it ball four. Gonzales was demonstratively upset, and then gave up back-to-back home runs to Matt Chapman and Matt Olson. The game turned from a 2-1 contest to a 5-1 Oakland lead.

After the game, Gonzales said, “It’s pretty sickening to have a game in the fifth inning, one-run ballgame, 3-2 count, two outs, it feels like that’s taken away from me. I couldn’t have made a better pitch.” The former AppleSox pitcher went on to say, “Never in my career have I supported showing up umpires. They have a tough job. But that was absolutely awful. I’m sick about it. Changed the entire game. One-run ballgame. It’s going to be a tough one to swallow.”

Chapman was a one-man wrecking crew for Oakland, finishing with five RBI’s on the night. Seattle’s only offense came on two, solo home runs by Omar Narvaez.

Oakland blasts 6 homers in day-game win over Seattle

So the losing streak reached 6 with today’s loss at Oakland…

Oakland beats Mariners 10-2

Erik Swanson gave up a two run home run in the second and Tommy Milone gave up three home runs, including two to Mark Canha in Seattle’s 10-2 loss today. The Athletics ended up hitting 6 home runs with two each by Canha and Jurickson Profar.

Malex Smith and Tim Beckham each had two hits for Seattle, who have the day off tomorrow before hosting the Angels in the first of a three-game weekend series on Friday. Mike Leake will start for Seattle. Los Angeles has yet to announce their Friday starter.

Angels beat Astros and AZ tops Texas

Also in the American League West last night…

American League West Scoreboard

Ketel Marte’s 5th inning, RBI-single broke at 2-2 tie and Arizona went on to beat Texas 9-to-2.

Los Angeles scored 6-runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-2 win over Houston.