Friday, June 24, 2011

Bump in the Road

The positive thing for the Sweets after Thursday's 3-1 loss is that there is still five games remaining on the road trip.  Despite out-hitting the Knights, the Sweets could not get the crucial hit when they needed it.  They played well otherwise, making just one error and got strong pitching from Aaron Hoverson and Brett Watson.  Watson went 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

This morning, the Sweets utilized a local gym to get their workouts in and then went to lunch as a team in Corvallis.  Some went to Chipotle and others to Jimmy Johns.  Once back at the hotel some, Drew Fittry, Tyler Billen and myself, made our way to relax in the hot tub. 

As we arrived at the ballpark the sky was a gorgeous shade of blue and the flags atop the scoreboard in right-center were barely blowing.

Walla Walla- 5-8
- The Sweets have lost four straight WCL games but are still in second place in the East Division.  Their record would put them in last place in the West Division.
- W2 is now 1-3 on the road this summer.
- Walla Walla started the season 3-0 when scoring first but have dropped the last two games, including last night, they have done so.
- Kevin Hawk's three singles marked his first multi-hit game of the summer.  He is hitting .400 (4-10) in his last three games.
- Alex Stanford extended his hitting streak to five straight in league play with two hits on Thursday.  He's hitting .282 with a team-high seven runs.
- Brett Watson allowed just one walk, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.  In two appearances against Corvallis, he has allowed three runs (zero earned) on four hits over 9.2 innings.  He has walked one and struck out seven.
- Kyle Anderson from Cal Poly will make his first start of the summer tonight for the Sweets.  He pitched in the West Coast League for Spokane as a freshman and pitched in the Northwoods League last summer.
Corvallis- 8-7
- Corvallis won their fifth straight home game on Thursday and are 5-1 (6-1 overall) at home this summer.
- Kramer Scott has four hits in his last seven at-bats.
- Dylan Stuart, the Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year picked off two Sweets runners in the first two innings.
- It was the sixth win in the ten game series for Corvallis.  The Knights lead the series 6-4 and are 3-1 against the Sweets at Goss Stadium. 
- Since the arrival of the Knights full-time players, Corvallis has gone 5-2, only losing to Wenatchee twice.

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