Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Time for a turnaround?

Walla Walla at Bellingham Bells

- Some wins just feel better than others and last night was one of those wins.  The Sweets rallied from 4-2 down in the eighth to win 5-4.  They scored a single run in the eighth and then two in the ninth to claim the victory. 
- It was the first time the Sweets had won a game when trailing after the eighth inning.  They had tied the game at 7-7 against Kelowna in the ninth last week but were unable to win the game.
- Elliot Stewart had three hits for the Sweets last night and also collected his fourth home run.  That total leads the league and eight of his 13 hits have been for extra-bases this summer.
- Andrew Mendenhall picked up two more hits last night and also scored two runs.  Over the last five games, Mendenhall is hitting .375 (6-16) with four runs scored.
- Stewart's eighth inning home run was the Sweets league-leading ninth home run of the summer.
- Tuesday's game with the Bells starts a three-game series against the team Walla Walla finds itself behind in the East Division standings.  Walla Walla trails Bellingham by 2.5 games for second place in the East.
- Walla Walla has not won back-to-back league games all summer.
- The series is also a matchup of the two worst-hitting teams in the league.  Walla Walla is hitting .211 and Bellingham is just above the Mendoza-line with a .201 average.
- Bellingham, however, as the league's third-lowest ERA at 2.46. 
- The Bells come into the series with a six-game win streak.  They won their first three games, lost 13 of their next 15 and now have won six straight.  The last five wins have all come by a run, including the last three wins needing just five total runs to win. 
- Former Sweets Danny Poplawski and Marshall Yanzick are members of the Bells this summer.

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