Monday, June 20, 2011

Bad Apples, Sweets Swept

The three-game series against Wenatchee didn't go the way the Sweets hoped it would.  A 15-2 debacle began the series and then Wenatchee's pitching dominated the rest of the weekend.  The three losses dropped the Sweets to 5-7 overall and 7-7 overall on the season.  It also dropped the Sweets to 2-4 on their current eight-game homestand.

Tim Culligan pitched very well in defeat, striking out seven over five innings and gave up three runs.  He was placing his fastball very well and working in a good breaking pitch.  He was looking for his third win of the summer but fell to 2-1.

Culligan's opponent was Alex Phillips, a teammate last year at Lower Columbia.  The two combined to go 17-2 last year, helping the Red Devils win the NWAACC.

Tonight, the Sweets will start a two-game series against the Portland Stars.  The two games will be non-league games but still are a great opportunity for players to get at-bats and pitchers to get innings.  It's also Sweet Lou Bobblehead night at the ballpark.  I have mine and it's amazing!

Some notes:

Walla Walla:
- Alex Stanford extended his hitting streak to four games and his home hitting streak to nine overall.  He has hit safely in all nine home games he has played in this summer.
- Tonight's starter, Drew Fittry, won three games this spring at Niagara.  The Purple Eagles won just eight total games.
- Kalani Brackenridge returned from a thumb injury to start at third and bat leadoff last night against Wenatchee.  Prior to his injury, Brackenridge was batting .400.
- The Sweets lead the West Coast League in attendance with an average of 1,525 in nine league contests.  In total, 13,721 fans have attended those nine games.

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