Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We played all night...nearly!

When you are mired in a long losing streak things like Monday night happen.  Walla Walla and Kelowna played even baseball for 13 1/2 innings until the Falcons finally got the break in the bottom of the 14th.

The wild pitch that scored Kyle Pearson from third in the 14th was the only bad pitch that reliever Eric Yardley threw on the night.  From Seattle U., Yardley came on in the 12th with the bases loaded and two outs and struck out the batter to end the inning.  He then got a ground out and a fly out to left to leave a runner on a third in the 13th.  Despite the unfavorable outcome, both the Yardley and the Sweets have to pleased with how he pitched in a tight situation.

Another pitcher that continues to throw well is Jacob Overbay.  In his previous two appearances he had allowed just two hits over 4.2 innings of relief.  Last night, he went 3.2 innings and gave up three unearned runs.  He is showing confidence and is pounding the strike zone consistently.

Here's a look at some more notes...

Walla Walla- 5-12
- The eight-game losing streak matches last year's high set June 20-27.
- A night after his seven-game hitting streak was snapped, Alex Stanford had three hits and scored twice on Monday.  He leads the team in average (.288), doubles (4) and runs scored (9).
- Andrew Mendenall's two-run double in the fourth extended his modest hitting streak to three games.  He has six hits on the season but has driven in five runs (3rd on the team).
- The four-run fourth was the most runs the Sweets had scored in an inning since they scored four in the eighth against Klamath Falls on June 14.
- Tuesday's starter Tim Culligan is looking for his third win of the summer.  He won his first two decisions before giving up three runs on six hits in five innings of a 5-1 loss to Wenatchee.

Kelowna- 5-15
- Kyle Pearson has hit in five-straight, raising his average from .172 to .250 entering Tuesday.
- Brandon Marris has thrown five scoreless innings over the last two days, lowering his ERA from 7.45 to 5.92.  He has not walked a batter or given up a hit and has struck out five.
- Tuesday's starter, Jared Mortenson, threw a inning of relief on Sunday night, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

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