Sunday, July 17, 2011

Much needed domination

Walla Walla vs. Kitsap

- The Sweets got exactly what they needed on Saturday; a dominating pitching performance a fortuitous bounce.  Ryan Richardson pitched a complete game five-hitter and Chance Kopacz's ground ball to short with the bases loaded and two outs bounced away from the shortstop allowing two runs to score.
- The win snapped a four-game losing streak and a four-game losing streak at home.  Walla Walla is still just 2-8 over their last ten home games.
- Alex Stanford picked up three more hits, the third time this year he has had three.  The trifecta pushed to .321 and moved him into fourth in the league.
- Andrew Mendenhall had two hits for the second straight night.
- Denver Chavez has only four RBI on the summer but three of the four have come in key moments.  His sac fly against Kelowna on June 28 tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth inning, a game the Sweets eventually won 6-2.  On July 3, his sac fly in the third stood as the only run until Wenatchee tied the game in the ninth and won in the 13th.  And yesterday, his sac fly in the 2nd inning gave the Sweets the 1-0 lead early on.
- Walla Walla's pitching staff has been dominant in the month of July, posting a 2.06 ERA in 15 games.  The ERA is the second-lowest over this period of time.
- Thanks to his three hits against the southpaw last night, Stanford leads the Sweets in average against lefties at .310 (13-42).
- It appears the Sweets are destined to give up a run in the sixth inning lately.  On the year, they have allowed 17 runs in the sixth inning, 11 coming over the last ten games.  In that span the Sweets have allowed a total of 28 runs.

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