Friday, July 8, 2011

A gem always helps

Walla Walla at Kitsap Bluejackets

- The Sweets got exactly what they needed on Thursday night from starter Brett Watson.  The lefty delivered eight scoreless innings and Walla Walla's offense was able to give him three runs.
- Walla Walla's 3-0 victory gave them a victory in the three-game series with Bellingham and sends them to Kitsap on a positive note.
- Andrew Mendenhall extended his hitting streak to ten games with an RBI single and Alex Stanford had two more hits. He has two hits in three of the last four games he has played.
- The shutout victory also lowered the Sweets team ERA to 2.95.  It is the first time it's been below 3.00 since the opening weekend of the summer.
- Despite the victory, Walla Walla's offense is still second-worst in the league.  They have a .210 average and have scored 80 runs, both eighth in the league.  They have also struck out the second-most in the league with a 192 strikeouts and have walked a league-low 70 times. 
- Kitsap won four of the six games against the Sweets last year including sweeping Walla Walla at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.
- Sweets starter Tim Culligan will have his third crack at three victories Friday night.  He enters at 2-2 with both of his losses coming against the Wenatchee Applesox.
- He has struck out 19 in 22.2 innings this summer and has only walked nine.
- The Bluejackets enter the series with a five-game losing streak but feature the league's third-best ERA at 2.36.  They are also second in the league with 38 steals.

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